Up until third grade, Emily Gilman wanted to be a paleontologist when she grew up. During a reflective period that school year, however, she decided that perhaps she liked being able to spell “paleontologist” more than she liked the idea of actually being one, and decided to be a writer instead.
In 2003 and 2004 she attended Alpha: the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop for Young Writers, and her story “Stay With Me” received an honorable mention in the 2008 Dell Award. In 2009 she graduated from Bard College, where she studied literature and theology. She is currently working on a Master's in Library and Information Science as part of Simmons College's School Library Teacher Program.
Emily Gilman is currently eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was published in a professional publication in the previous two years.