Julia Ward Howe Award
Skipping Stones Honor Award Seal
National Jewish Book Awards Finalist Seal
Benjamin Franklin Award ibpa Silver Winner Independent Book Publishers Association Seal
Foreword Indies Winner Seal
Shelf Unbound 2019 Best Indie Book Notable Indie Seal
The Florida Book Awards Seal
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Winner Seal

Awards & Grants

2022 Florida Book Award, Bronze Medal (How We Disappear)

2019 National Jewish Book Award Finalist (My Real Name Is Hanna)

2019 Shelf Unbound Notable Book (My Real Name Is Hanna)

2019 Julia Ward Howe Award for Young Readers (My Real Name Is Hanna)

Inspirational Women in Literature Award, from AITL Media, 2019

2019 Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition, Honorable Mention (“Billy Said This Really Happened to Lucy”)

2018 Florida Book Award, Gold Medal (My Real Name Is Hanna)

2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award/Historical Fiction (My Real Name Is Hanna)

2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist/YA (My Real Name Is Hanna)

2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award (My Real Name Is Hanna)

The Wigleaf Top 50 (very) Short Fictions List 2015 (“The Mystery Spot”)

Finalist, 2014 Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction (“If You Had Stopped”)

Silver medal, 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards (The Chalk Circle)

Silver medal, 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (The Chalk Circle)

2012 New England Book Festival runner-up award (The Chalk Circle)

2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award (The Chalk Circle)

Finalist, Best Books USA Book News 2010 (Where the Dog Star Never Glows)

Bronze medal, 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards (Flash Field Guide)

55 Words guest story winner, 2008 (“The VW and the Caddy”)

Second place, Jane’s Stories Press Foundation Flash Fiction Award, 2008 (“This Heat”)

Second place, Carolyn A. Clark Flash Fiction Prize/Soul-Making Literary Competition Pen Women, 2005 (“Catalpa”)

Finalist, The Heekin Group Foundation Short Fiction Grant, 2001 (“Asylum”)

Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Fiction Grant 1996

First place, The Ledge’s 1995 fiction contest (“The Dark Sun”)

Florida Literary Foundation short story winner, 1993 (“Say Bridgitte, Please”)

Best of Show, PacKAGING Women/Cell.ing Women poetry and art exhibit
(“Will the Real Madonna Please Stand Up?”) for both poem and photo, 1991

First place, The Paper Bag’s short-short fiction contest for best stories of the year, 1989

Bookbuilders of Boston Scholarship, 1985

Lou P. Bunce Creative Writing Award, 1985



Clara Johnson Award nomination 2023 (How We Disappear)

BEST OF THE NET nomination by Gargoyle, 2022 (“Agatha: A Life in Unauthorized Fragments”)

Mythic Picnic Postcard Prize Finalist, 2022 (A Wigleaf Postcard Pick)

Litsy Award Nominee, 2018 (My Real Name Is Hanna)

Glimmer Train Honorable Mention, Very Short Fiction Award, 2015 (“In a Sulfate Mist”)

Neville Award citations, 2015 (“If You Had Stopped” and “November Heat”)

Finalist, Marco Polo Arts Magazine’s 100x100 fiction contest, 2013 (“The Red Door”)

Pushcart Prize nomination by Wigleaf, 2011 (“Pieta")

Pushcart Prize nominations, 2010 (“Tracks and Traces” — creative nonfiction; “Delight” — fiction)

Semifinalist, Black Lawrence Press’s Black River chapbook competition, 2008 (Little Fictions; flash)

“Tracks and Traces” semifinalist in both New Millennium Writers’ nonfiction and Narrative magazine’s first-person contest, 2008

BEST OF THE NET nomination, 2007 (“Suspended”)

Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Finalist, 2007 (“Bird Man”)

Exotic semifinalist, Predator Press’s chapbook contest

Best New American Voices nomination, 2005

Pushcart Prize nomination by Rick Bass, 1992 (“Turtle Hunting”)