Cathleen Balid

Cathleen Balid is a writer from Queens, New York. She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of HaluHalo Journal, an international journal dedicated to highlighting Southeast Asian youth. She is an alumna of the Ellipsis Writing Summer Fiction Workshop, Iowa Young Writers' Studio Residential Program, and Adroit Summer Mentorship Program. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, New York Times, Adroit Prizes, Columbia College Chicago, and Roanoke Review, among others. She can be found journaling, cuddling her (crusty white) dog, or buying a copious amount of cheesecake-flavored candles.


2023 Columbia College Chicago Young Authors Competition, Fiction. Finalist. (2nd Place Winner)
2023 Adroit Prize for Prose and Poetry, Prose. Finalist.
2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Short Story. 2x Gold Key, 2x Silver Key, 2x Honorable Mention.
2022 New York Times Summer Reading Contest. Runner-Up and 2x Honorable Mention.
2023 Roanoke Review High School Fiction and Poetry Contest, Poetry. Honorable Mention.


Editorial Work
HaluHalo Journal, Editor-in-Chief.
Culinary Origami Journal, Prose and Poetry Editor.
The Dawn Review, Prose Editor.
Adroit Summer Mentorship Program under Colleen Mayo. 2023.
Iowa Young Writers' Studio Residential Program under Nitya Rayapati. 2023.
Ellipsis Writing Summer Fiction Workshop under Zeynep Özakat. 2022.