Writing Awards

  • First place, Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award. (2017)
  • Pushcart Prize nominee: “How to Make Paper When the World is Ending.” (2017)
  • Jan-ai Scholarship to attend the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, Stockton University. (2017)
  • Second place, Frostburg State One-Act Playwriting Competition. (2016)
  • Finalist, Augury Books Short Prose Award. (2016)
  • First place, WordWave One-Act Playwriting Competition. (2015)
  • Runner-up, Editor’s Reprint Award, Sequestrum Literature & Art. (2015)
  • Finalist, Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. (2015)
  • Scholarship to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and Writing Workshops. (2013)
  • Finalist, Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. (2012)
  • First place, VCWC Short Story Contest: “Slowly, Slowly, Without Much Notice.” (2012)
  • Asian Studies Award for Fiction: “Three Sundays at The Grove.” (2012)
  • International Glass Woman Prize: “Woman, Running Late, in a Dress.” (2011)
  • Pushcart Prize nominee: “Jared Sampson’s Mom” published in Valparaiso Fiction. (2011)
  • Brian Mexicott Playwriting Award: “The Stars in Indiana.” (2011)
  • Kneale Award for Fiction, second place: “Jackson and Steffy.” (2011)
  • Dzanc Books Best of the Web nominee: “DING!” published in Bartleby-Snopes. (2010)
  • First place, Southern Illinois Writers Guild Short Story Contest: “Goosepimples.” (2010)
  • Pushcart Prize nominee: “Numb” published in Monkeybicycle. (2009)
  • First Place, Hamilton Writers Guild Short Story Contest, “A Real Beauty.” (2009)
  • Undergraduate Fiction Prize, University of Southern California. (2009)
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Gold Key, Writing Portfolio. (2005)
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Silver Key, Short Story. (2001)
  • Youngest guest on the nationally syndicated, Emmy-nominated PBS book talk show “Between the Lines,” which has also featured authors Mario Puzo, Sidney Sheldon, and Ray Bradbury. (2006)