Writing Awards & Distinctions

My eternal thanks go to publications that nominated my work for the Pushcart Prize:

“Beneath the Starfish Sky” nominated by The Summerset Review

“Sweet Dreams” nominated by Carve Magazine

Short Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

  • First prize winner in fiction in the Talking Stick 16 annual writing competition with “Because,” Fall 2007
  • “Beneath the Starfish Sky” nominated for the 2006 Million Writers Award by The Summerset Review
  • First prize winner in Byline Magazine’s Short-Short Story Competition with “The Buddha in the Park,” March 2006
  • Second place winner in Byline Magazine’s Short-Short Story Competition with “Newton’s Laws,” March 2006
  • Finalist in the First Annual Vox Prose Poem Contest with “In Paradise with Master Mun,” December 2005
  • Honorable mention for “Diving Lessons” in Byline Magazine’s Summer poem contest, September 2005
  • Third place winner in Byline Magazine’s Short Short Story Competition for “Feral Moon,” August 2005
  • Second place winner in the Talking Stick 2005 Fiction Competition with “For Luck”
  • Finalist in the 2004 So To Speak Fiction Competition with “Solar Flares”
  • Best of Submissions winner at 31 Eyes for “Powerful Fiction,” August 2004
  • Third Place winner in Dark Moon Lilith’s first annual fiction competition with “A Perfect Peach,” 2003
  • Finalist in the Phoebe 2002 Winter Fiction Competition with “Rock People”
  • Finalist in the So To Speak 2002 Annual Fiction Competition with “Ordinary Lives”
  • Semifinalist in the 2002 Crazyhorse Fiction Competition with “Rock People”
  • First Place winner in Byline Magazine’s 2002 Flash Fiction Competition with “Final Dissolution”
  • Third place winner in the 2002 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition with “Rock People”
  • First place in Byline Magazine’s Flash Fiction Competition with “Final Dissolution,” August 2002
  • Special Honorable Mention in Byline Magazine’s Flash Fiction Competition for “Not a Trace,” January 2002
  • Third Prize winner in the Rockford Writer’s Guild 2002 Short Story Contest for “A Perfect Peach”
  • Second Place winner in the Novel Advice First Line Contest for “Ordinary Lives”
  • Third Place winner in Great Blue Beacon’s 2002 Short-Short story competition with “A Perfect Peach”
  • Editor’s Choice Award In Prose at The Rockford Review for “Far Away,” Autumn 2001
  • First place winner of the 2001 Pirates & Privateers Adult Fiction Competition with “The Captain’s Last Caper”
  • Semi-finalist at the Fiddlehead 2001 Fiction Competition with “Rock People”
  • Honorable Mention in the 2001 FLASH!POINT Fiction Competition for “Check Please”
  • Special Honorable Mention in Byline Magazine’s 2001 Flash Fiction Competition for “Not a Trace”
  • Honorable Mention in Byline Magazine’s 2001 Short-Short Story Competition for “Check Please”
  • Second place winner in The Pacific Coast Journal’s 2000 French Bread Awards Competition with “Sweet Dreams”
  • Winner, 2000 Recursos de Santa Fe Discover Competition with “Fallingwater” and “The Architectural Genius”
  • Second place winner in Carve Magazine’s November 2000 Writing Competition with “Sweet Dreams”
  • First Place Winner in the E2K 2000 Flash Fiction Contest with “Fallingwater”



  • Finalist in the 2006 Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition with the short screenplay “A Virgo Night,” August 2006
  • Semifinalist in the 2006 Gimme Credit Screenplay Competition with the short screenplay “True Magic,” August 2006
  • Alternate in The Duke City Shootout 2006 with the short screenplay “A Virgo Night,” June 2006
  • Runner-up in the 2006 Upstart Short Script Competition with the short screenplay “A Virgo Night,” June 2006
  • Finalist in the 2006 New Mexico Governor’s Cup Short Script Competition with the short screenplay “A Virgo Night,” May 2006
  • First place winner of the 2005 Southwest Writers national screenplay competition with the feature-length script “Lac Mirage.”


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