Barry Brennessel, a 1982 graduate of Dansville Central School, and son of John and Doris Brennessel of Wayland, has won third place in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the Television/Movie Script category for his teleplay “The Simpsons: She Derided Me With Science.” Another of his teleplays, “The Simpsons: What a Revoltin’ Development,” received Honorable Mention in the 74th Annual Writers’ Digest Writing Competition.

Barry Brennessel, a 1982 graduate of Dansville Central School, and son of John and Doris Brennessel of Wayland, has won third place in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the Television/Movie Script category for his teleplay “The Simpsons: She Derided Me With Science.” Another of his teleplays, “The Simpsons: What a Revoltin’ Development,” received Honorable Mention in the 74th Annual Writers’ Digest Writing Competition.


Barry also won third place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association Literary Contest for his novel “Tinseltown,” which will be released next year. His novella “The Price of Silence,” a finalist in the 2009 PNWA Literary Contest, will be released this year from L&L Dreamspell, where several of his short stories appear in their anthology series. In 2008 his short story “Shin-Kiba Park” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His novel “The Sulphur Cure,” based on Dansville’s own Castle on the Hill, was a finalist in the 2006, 2008 and 2009 PNWA Literary Contests and received honorable mention in the WriteSafe Quarterly Arts and Writing Competition.


Barry earned a Bachelor of Science in English and a Bachelor of Arts in French from SUNY Brockport, and an MFA in writing at Johns Hopkins University. He currently lives in the Washington, D.C., metro area.