International & National Awards

Best of the Net 2018 (Sundress Publications) for “Dirt.”

Winner, Fiction Chapbook Competition (Gertrude Press), 2017, for Please Find Us

Winner, Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award (Map Literary), 2016, for Our Daughter and Other Stories 

Winner, Million Writers Award (storySouth), 2015, for “The Snow Children” 

Runner-up, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Carve Magazine), 2014, for “The Snow Children” - Judge: Aimee Bender

Winner, Fiction Award (Washington Square Review), 2013, for “Bodies of Water” - Judge: Karen Russell


Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), 2018  

Vermont Studio Center (VSC), Fiction Fellowship, 2017

Vermont Studio Center (VSC), Fiction Fellowship, 2015

Local & Departmental Awards

Louise Van Sickle Fellowship in Creative Writing, 2013 (University of Nebraska)

Wilbur and Elizabeth Gaffney Travel Awards, 2012 & 2013 (University of Nebraska)

Stuff Dissertation Fellowship, 2013 (University of Nebraska)

Prairie Schooner/Mari Sandoz Fiction Prize for “Cotswold Cottage,” 2012 (University of Nebraska)

The Elizabeth Bruss Prize, 2002 (Amherst College)


Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2018 for “Dirt.” 

Long-list, SmokeLong Quarterly, Award for Flash Fiction, 2018, “A Tether, a Cord”

Finalist, New Delta Review, Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Contest, 2018, for “Something That’s Nothing”

Finalist, Black Lawrence Press, Black River Chapbook Contest, 2017, for “Please Find Us”

Semi-Finalist, Split Rock Review Poetry Chapbook Contest, 2017 for “The Contact Imperative”

Finalist, Moon City Press Short Fiction Award, 2017 for “Small Things Bright & Dark”

Finalist, Newfound Prose Prize Chapbook Contest, 2017 for “Please Find Us”

Finalist, Gold Line Press Fiction Chapbook Contest, 2016 for “Floating Rooms”

Finalist, Black Lawrence Press, Black River Chapbook Contest, 2016, for “Floating Rooms”

Semi-finalist, Florida Review’s Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award, 2016 for “To Suture”  

Finalist, Gigantic Sequins, Flash Fiction Contest, 2016, for “Sister” and “Record from a Farmhouse”

Notable Story, Million Writers Award (storySouth), 2016, for “The Glass Girl”

Nomination, Million Writers Award (storySouth), 2015, for “Devil’s Bridge”

Finalist, Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest, 2015 for “Bodies of Water”

Semi-finalist, Florida Review’s Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award, 2015 for “All Things”  

Finalist, Southwest Review Meyerson Fiction Prize, 2014 for “The Snow Children” 

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2013, for “Earthworm”

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2012, for “Pin: A Fairy Tale”  

Finalist, Crab Creek Review Short Story Prize, 2012, for “Bodies of Water”

Finalist, Washington Square Review Fiction Award, 2011, for “Man Skate”

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2010 for “How I Liked the Avocados”

Finalist, Hunger Mountain's Katherine Paterson Prize Contest, 2010, for “Bean Summer”