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Awards & Honors

  • Finalist in the short story category, 2017 International Book Awards, By the Wayside
  • Best Fiction WINNER, 2017 Maxy Awards, Women Within
  • Winner, Literary Fiction, 2015 Book of the Year Award, What Is Found, What Is Lost
  • Finalist in the literary fiction category, 2015 International Book Awards, What Is Found, What Is Lost
  • Finalist in the short story category, 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Our Love Could Light The World
  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Lisa Sanchez, editor of Nomos Review, for “By The Wayside”
  • Finalist in the short story category, 2013 Best Books Awards, Our Love Could Light The World
  • Finalist in the literary fiction category, 2013 Best Books Awards, Our Love Could Light The World
  • Finalist in the short story category, 2013 International Book Awards, Our Love Could Light The World
  • Finalist, 2013 Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, “An Act of Concealment”
  • “The Keeper of The Truth” listed in storySouth’s Million Writers Award Most Notable Stories of 2011
  • Finalist, 2012 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition, “At Home”
  • 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal for Best Short Story Fiction, All The Roads That Lead From Home
  • Long list, Fish Short Story Prize, 2011/2012, “Where Love Lies”
  • “The Meaning of The Hat” nominated for Best of The Net by the editors of Knee-Jerk Magazine
  • “Snow Angels” nominated for Best of The Net by PANK editor Roxane Gay
  • Finalist, 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award, All The Roads That Lead From Home
  • Finalist, 2009 Sol Books Prose Contest, All The Roads That Lead From Home
  • Honorable Mention, 2009 Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction, “An Undiscovered Country”
  • Finalist in the Short Story Category, 2009 Press 53 Open Competition, “Surrogate”
  • Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train March 2009 Fiction Open, “The Hanged Man”
  • Finalist in the Short Story Category, 2008 Press 53 Open Competition, “Snow Country”
  • First Place, The Pinch’s 2008 Literary Award in Fiction, “Surrogate”
  • Finalist, 2007 William Van Wert Fiction Competition (Hidden River Arts), “Not Enough To Go Around”
  • First Place, American Short Fiction 2007 Short Story Contest, “All The Roads That Lead From Home”
  • Long list, Fish Short Story Prize, 2007/2008, “All The Roads That Lead From Home”
  • Semi-Finalist, New Millennium 24 Writing Contest (July 31, 2007), “Running Out” (Later renamed “All The Roads That Lead From Home.”)
  • Top Twenty-five Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, Summer 2007, “Loss of Balance”
  • Third Place, Lunch Hour Stories 2007 Short Story Contest, “Not Enough To Go Around”
  • Finalist, Salt Flats Annual 2007 Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, “For The Taking”
  • Finalist, So To Speak 2007 Fiction Contest, “For The Taking”
  • Semi-Finalist, 2006 William Van Wert Fiction Competition (Hidden River Arts), “Lily”
  • Semi-Finalist, 2006 William Van Wert Fiction Competition (Hidden River Arts), “On Any Given Day”
  • Finalist, 2006 Arts & Letters Prize in Fiction, for “Snow Country”
  • Finalist, 2006 John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction (Harpur Palate), “Snow Country”
  • Long List, Fish Short Story Prize 2005/6, “Snow Country”
  • Finalist, 2005 Hidden River Fiction Contest, “Our Best Measure”
  • Top Ten Finalist, 2005 Orchid Fiction Contest, “Song For The Dead”
  • Finalist, 2005 Arts & Letters Prize in Fiction, “Our Best Measure”
  • Finalist, Meridian 2004 Editors’ Prize, “When Every Part of You Breaks”
  • Finalist, 2004 Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest, “When Every Part of You Breaks”
  • Semi-Finalist, 2003 Alligator Juniper National Writing Contest, “When Every Part of You Breaks”
  • Finalist, Painted Bride Quarterly 2003 Fiction Contest, “When Every Part Of You Breaks”
  • Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Open – Summer 2003, “When Every Part Of You Breaks”
  • Top Twenty-five Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Open  –  Winter 2004/2005, “Our Best Measure”
  • “When Every Part of You Breaks” listed in storySouth’s Most Notable Stories of 2004
  • Received the 2003 Willamette Award in Fiction from the Clackamas Literary Review for “Getting Out”
  • Finalist, 2003 New Century Writer Awards, “Fance”
  • Finalist, 2003 New Century Writer Awards, “Inside Out”
  • Finalist, 2003 New Century Writer Awards, “What Do You Want Most In The Whole World?”
  • First Place, 2003 Clark College Fiction Contest, “Fance”
  • Semi-Finalist, 2002 H.E. Frances Award, “Inside Out”
  • Third Prize, 2002 Tennessee Writers Alliance Short Fiction Competition, “The Music Lover”
  • Fifth Prize, 2002 Sarasota Literary Society Annual Writing Competition,”Everyone Thinks About Divorce”
  • Honorable Mention, 2001 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, “What Do You Want Most In The Whole World?”
  • Finalist, 1994 Nelson Algren Award, “Among The Trees”