In 2015, Nicole worked with Triad City Beat as their investigative intern. She is the former editor-in-chief (2016-2017) at The Guilfordian, the Guilford College newspaper. In addition to writing for publications such as USA Today, The Pulitzer Prizes, The Nasiona, New Voices, Yes! Weekly, The Pensive Post and The Odyssey Online, Nicole has also been republished in several publications, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNBC, Salon and WFMY.
A creative writer as well as a journalist, Nicole has published several short stories: Last Dance (The Hungry Chimera), Lucky (Fixional), Dress Rehearsal (littledeathlit), Snap (The Nassau Review), Hands (Newtown Literary and Ginosko Literary under the title Breathe), Atlanta (New Reader Magazine) and Dollhouse (101 Proof Horror). Dress Rehearsal also appeared in the Nothing Without Us anthology. Nicole won the Rachel Lindner Leahy Award in 2017 for her creative writing.
She has also had several pieces of poetry published, including Surge (The Greenleaf Review), Cracks in the Sidewalk (Quail Bell Magazine), Grimhilde (Aphelion), The Lake (Sheila-Na-Gig), Night (Gravitas), Ghost Ranch (Thimble), Odocoileus virginianus (The Tiger Moth Review), Pinocchio (Juke Joint), Bath and Scars (Genre: Urban Arts), 11 p.m. and Golden Afternoon (Coffin Bell) and Free Lunch, The Cobra and The Gift (Fearsome Critters). In 2015, she won the Anthony Abbott Undergraduate Poetry Competition.
Nicole Zelniker in the media:
Guilford College: “Nicole Zelniker Wins Poetry Prize” by Guilford College, June 2015
Guilford College: “Awarding Success” by Guilford College, January 2017
NBC: “‘You are more than your mental illness‘” by Marguerite Ward, October 2018
I’m Trying!: “Nicole Zelniker Gets Stupefied by Margaret Atwood” by Jacob Derwin and Jhanelle Dennis, March 2019
The Nasiona: “Mixed-Race Families: A Conversation with Nicole Zelniker” by Julián Esteban Torres López, April 2019
The Rivertowns Enterprise: “Ardsley HS alum pens book about mixed-race families” by Kris DiLorenzo, April 2019
The Nasiona: “Transracial Adoption” by Julián Esteban Torres López, April 2019
From Newtown Literary: “From a Newtown Literary contributor: Nicole Zelniker” by Newtown Literary, June 2019
Nothing Without Us: “NWU Author Interview: Nicole Zelniker” by Cait Gordon, July 2019
Book Culture: “LIC: Nicole Zelniker on Last Dance” by Book Culture, December 2019
Scuppernong: “Nicole Zelniker. Last Dance” by Scuppernong, January 2020
Who Knows?: “‘Writing and Authorship’ with Nicole Zelniker” by Taylor Dankovich, February 2020
The Nasiona: “Round-Table Discussion on Race” by Julián Esteban Torres López, March 2020
A Spoonie Authors Podcast: “Managing Mental Health, Writing, and More with Nicole Zelniker” by Dianna Gunn, October 2020
Natalie’s Little Corner of the World: “Women Who Work: Author Nicole Zelniker” by Natalie Barletta, October 2020