Writing Awards

  • Second place, Sequestrum Magazine Reprint Award. (2015)
  • Second place, American Fiction Prize. (2014)
  • Scholarship to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and Writing Workshops. (2013)
  • Finalist, Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. (2012)
  • Finalist, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in NYC, “A Frog in Boiling Water.” (2012)
  • First place, VCWC Short Story Contest, “Slowly, Slowly, Without Much Notice.” (2012)
  • Asian Studies Award for Fiction, “Three Sundays at The Grove.” (2012)
  • Ninth Glass Woman Prize recipient, “Woman, Running Late, in a Dress.” (2011)
  • Pushcart Prize nominee, “Jared Sampson’s Mom” published in Valparaiso Fiction Review. (2011)
  • First place out of more than 600 entries in the Ninth Glass Woman Prize for “Woman, Running Late, in a Dress.” (2011)
  • Second place, Kneale Award for Fiction, “Jackson and Steffy.” (2010)
  • Brian Mexicott Playwriting Award, “The Stars in Indiana.” (2010)
  • Pushcart Prize nominee & Dzanc Books “Best of the Web” nominee, “DING!” published in Bartleby-Snopes literary magazine. (2010)
  • First place, Southern Illinois Writers Guild Short Story Contest, “Goosepimples.” (2010)
  • Pushcart Prize & Dzanc Books “Best of the Web” nominee, “Numb” published in Monkeybicycle. (2009)
  • First Place, Hamilton Writers Guild Short Story Contest, “A Real Beauty.” (2009)
  • Undergraduate Fiction Prize from the University of Southern California, “Woman, Running Late, in a Dress.” (2009)
  • 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)