Charmaine Wilkerson



Charmaine Wilkerson is from New York, has lived in Jamaica, and does much of her writing in Italy. A former news and communication professional, she has published award-winning stories in various anthologies and magazines. Her debut novel Black Cake is due out in February 2022 and will be the basis for a screen series under development for Hulu. Charmaine is represented by Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.

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Debut novel due out in February 2022.

“A gripping, poignant debut from an important, new voice.”—Naima Coster, New York Times bestselling author of What’s Mine and Yours

“At turns delightfully juicy and then stunningly wise, Black Cake is a winner.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising

"I was instantly taken in by this multigenerational tale of identity, family, and the lifelong push and pull of home."--—Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

Publishers: Penguin Michael Joseph in the UK & Ballantine Books in the US.



How to Make a Window Snake - Ad Hoc Fiction (UK)

A story of identity, family and perseverance against the odds.

​​Winner, Bath Novella-in-Flash Award 2017

Winner, Best Novella, Saboteur Awards 2018



New Flash Fiction Review - Purr

Litro Magazine - Bite (selected for the Best Microfiction 2020 anthology)

New Flash Fiction Review - Canyon Vista 

FlashFlood Journal - American Music (from the novella-in-flash, How to Make a Window Snake)

FlashBack Fiction - Balm

Reflex Fiction - Anger Management - Winner, Winter 2017 Prize

100 Word Story - Row + Far from this Howling Corner (selected for publication in Best Microfiction 2021)

Bending Genres - Holes

Fiction Southeast - The Laundry Room Comes First - Winner, Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize (selected for the Best Microfiction 2019 anthology).

Spelk - Ash

Reflex Fiction - Eyebrows

FlashFlood Journal - What Cats Can Do


Best Microfiction 2020 - Bite

Best Microfiction 2019 - The Laundry Room Comes First

Things Left and Found by the Side of the Road (Bath Flash Fiction anthology) - Diagram of a Human Heart

Ripening: 2018 National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology - Pull - Second Prize, Microfiction Competition

The Lobsters Run Free (Bath Flash Fiction anthology) - Musk

To Carry Her Home (Bath Flash Fiction) - Five Months +

Three Scenes from a Tropical Island

Flash Fiction Festival One - The Pirate's House (also printed in Project Calm Magazine)



The American | In Italia - A Moveable Feast 

The Common - Island Lessons 

Fiction Southeast - A Review of Alligators at Night by Meg Pokrass

The American | In Italia - Ghost Town


  • Bath Flash Fiction Award

  • New Flash Fiction Review

  • National Flash Fiction Day 2019 & 2020 

  • SmokeLong Quarterly

Many thanks to the following residential writing programs: Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and Bread Loaf in Sicily.


Publicity U.S. & Canada


Publicity U.K.

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Photos by R. Cheever & C. Wilkerson