Jeffrey Somers

Jeff Somers
Jeff Somers. Jeff Somers

Literature Expert


B.A., English, Rutgers University


  • Author of nine novels and Writing Without Rules, a book on the craft and business of writing
  • Featured in Best American Mystery Stories 2006 for the short story "Ringing the Changes"  
  • Selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Sturgeon Award, presented by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, for the short story "The Walled City"


Jeff Somers is an award-winning fiction writer. He has published nine novels, including Lifers, the Avery Cates science fiction series, Chum, and We Are Not Good People. He has also published several novellas and over 40 short stories. Jeff's work has received numerous awards and honors. In 2016, one of his short stories, "The Walled City," was named a finalist for the prestigious Sturgeon Award for science fiction. In addition to his writing career, Jeff previously worked in the publishing industry for nearly two decades. 

Jeff has covered literature for ThoughtCo since 2014. He also writes for Barnes & Noble and Writer's Digest. His non-fiction book about the business and craft of writing, Writing Without Rules, was published in 2018.


Jeff holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University.

Selected Awards and Publications
  • Writing Without Rules, 2018, Writer’s Digest Books
  • The Boom Bands, 2016, Pocket Gallery
  • Last Best Day, 2016, Pocket Gallery
  • The Stringer, 2016, Pocket Gallery
  • The Ruiner, 2014, Damnation Books
  • We Are Not Good People, 2014, Pocket Books
  • Chum, 2013, Tyrus Books
  • Trickster, 2013, Pocket Books
  • The Avery Cates Series (2007-2011), Orbit Books
  • Lifers, 2001, Creative Arts Books
  • Short story "Ringing the Changes" selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2006
  • Short story “The Walled City" selected as a finalist for the 2016 Theodore Sturgeon Award

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