Awards and Workshops

Awards:

Runner up, Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook award for Mass Pike Quartet
Winner, 2016 Solstice Short Fiction Award for Cat Calls
Finalist, Scenic Routes, 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction (collection)
Finalist, Nag's Head--Stories, 2015 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, sponsored by Snake Nation Press
1st Place, 2015 Rubery Book Award, for Still Life, now anthologized in Still Life, available in print at Amazon
2015 Pushcart Prize nomination for Still Life, appearing in Superstition review online.
2015 Pushcart Prize nomination for Yodeling for Life, appearing in fall, 2014 issue of Nashville Review
2015 Pushcart Prize nomination for Cherish the Muffin Top, appearing in Houdini, 2014 issue of  Literary Orphans.
Finalist, 2013 Rick Demarinis Short Story Award, Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, for Annabelle's Children
Finalist, June, 2014, Glimmer Train Family Matters Award for Roanoke 
Winner, Emrys Journal, December, 2013, Sue Lile Inman Fiction award for Nuzzi Great-Grandpa 
Finalist, September, 2013, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award for This Is Not a Confession 
Finalist, August, 2013, Glimmer Train Fiction Open Award for The Wild Pandas of Chincoteague 
Finalist, June, 2013, Glimmer Train Family Matters Award for Annabelle's Children
Finalist, May, 2013, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award for Knothole 
Pushcart Prize Nominee for An Evening with Willie Freeze in spring 2012 Baltimore Review; also nominated for 2013 storySouth Million Writers award 
Finalist, summer 2012, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for Game Farm and Other Stories 2012 storySouth Million Writers award nomination for T'ings.

Finalist, summer 2011, Reynolds Price Fiction Award given by Salem College Center for Women Writers for Shame

Winner, summer 2011 New South short fiction award for Who's Akela

Winner, spring 2011, Gulf Stream Magazine  short fiction award for Svidrigaylov's Dream

Pushcart Prize Nominee for Interstate Nocturne in fall 2010 Tertulia Magazine

Finalist, 2010, Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award for a book length collection

Finalist, 2010, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award, Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts for Terrorist

Honorable Mention, 2010, Chiaroscuro Short Story Contest for East on West I-90

Finalist, January 2010, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award for Old Yeller

Finalist, October 2009, Glimmer Train Family Matters Award for Attack of the Snow Angels

Winner, 1997, A.E. Coppard Prize for the Long Story, White Eagle Coffee Store Press for Among the Marigolds

Workshops:

New York State Summer Writers Institute, 2010, Fiction Master Class Workshop with Rick Moody