Writing Contests and Awards

Below is a list of writing contests and awards I’ve received. (Yeah, I know—showoff! I have to put these here because my pancake recipes have never won nuttin’ at the County Fair.)

  • First Runner Up (shared second place), MarketingProfs essay contest, 2015
  • Fellowship, Catamaran Writing Conference, 2015
  • First Place, Past Loves Day Story Contest, 2014
  • Third Place, Dave’s Travel Corner Travel Writing Contest, 2014
  • Runner Up, See Something Travel Writing Contest, 2014
  • Second Place, Dave’s Travel Corner Travel Writing Contest, 2013
  • First Place (co-winner), “Win a Year in the Freelance Writing Den” contest, 2012
  • Finalist, “50-word Monologue” contest, Gotham Writer’s Workshop, 2012
  • Winner, MediaBistro LitFest admission “Tweet Your Best Sentence” contest, 2012
  • Honorary Mention, 100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest, 2012
  • Bronze (3rd Place), Solas Best Travel Writing of 2011, Travel and Shopping category
  • 1st Place (co-winner), Wrangling with Writing Conference Scholarship, 2010
  • 1st Place (adult category), National Steinbeck Center “What’s Your Story” contest, 2010
  • 2nd Place, Writer’s Market “Freelance Success Stories” contest, 2009
  • Silver (2nd Place), Solas Best Travel Writing of 2009, Travel and Transformation category
  • Silver (2nd Place), Solas Best Travel Writing of 2008, Travel and Sports category
  • 1st Place, Lunch Hour Stories’ 2007 Short Story Contest
  • 4th Place, 74th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition, Inspirational Writing category, 2005
  • 1st Place, Bluelines Essay Contest, 2005
  • Finalist, International Short Story Competition (KT Publishing), 2003
  • Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest 2001 Personal Essay Contest
  • Finalist, Spring 2000 Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers
  • Third Place, Chiaroscuro Short Story Contest, 2000
  • 1st Place, National Steinbeck Center’s Short Story Contest, 1999