Shawn Shiflett's novel, Hidden Place (Akashic Books) was included in Library Journal's "Summer Highs, Fall Firsts," a 2004 list of "most successful debuts." He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time Finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation. His short stories and novel excerpts appeared in a variety of literary journals. He was elected to Newcity's Chicago Lit 50 list, an annual ranking of top figures in the Chicago literary scene, and has also been a panelist at many AWP (Associated Writing Programs) and NAWE (The National Association of Writers in Education, UK) conferences. He was a featured reader at the Bath Literature Festival. His essay, "The importance of Reading to Your Writing" (The Professional and Higher Partnership Limited, UK) will be published in spring, 2013. He is currently finishing the novel Hey, Liberal, a story about a white boy going to a predominately African American high school in Chicago during the late 60's.