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2020

  • Finalist, New Millennium Awards in Flash Fiction

2019

  • Macdowell Colony Fellow
  • Shortlisted, Bridport Prize in Fiction
  • Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest Competition in Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Shortlisted, American Short Fiction Halifax Prize in Fiction
  • Glimmer Train Top 25 in Fiction
  • Shortlisted, Faulkner Wisdom Competition in Short Story Category
  • Finalist Indiana Review Prize
  • Finalist, Phoebe Fiction Contest

2018

  • Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency
  • Shortlisted, The William Saroyan International Prize
  • Finalist, Prime Number Magazine Award
  • Finalist, Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction
  • Finalist, The Eric Hoffer Award
  • Runner-Up, Ninth Letter Literary Awards
  • Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Fiction Open
  • Finalist, New Millennium Awards in Fiction
  • Longlist Finalist, Smokelong Quarterly Flash Fiction Award
  • Quarter Finalist, Nimrod Journal Katherine Anne Porter Award
  • Finalist, Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize

2017

  • Camargo Foundation Core Fellowship, Cassis, France
  • Chateau de Lavigny Fellowship, Switzerland
  • Finalist, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Fiction
  • Shortlisted, The St. Francis College Literary Prize
  • Finalist, The John Gardner Award in Fiction
  • Finalist, The Paterson Prize in Fiction
  • Finalist, Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner-William Wisdom Novella Prize
  • Finalist, Rick DeMarinis Award
  • Finalist, Mighty Rivers Short Story Competition
  • Semifinalist, American Short Fiction Prize
  • Finalist, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award
  • Finalist, Foreword Reviews IndieFab Award in Literary Fiction
  • Finalist, Foreword Reviews IndieFab Award in Short Stories

2016

  • Shortlisted, The William Saroyan International Prize
  • Fellowship, Dora Maar House
  • Residency, Ragdale Foundation
  • Scholarship, Vermont Studio Center
  • Finalist, Next Generation Indie Award in Short Story Fiction
  • Finalist, National Indie Excellence Award in Short Story
  • University of Miami Provost Research Award in the Humanities

2015

  • Finalist, USA Best Book Award in Short Story Fiction
  • Finalist, USA Best Book Award in Multicultural Fiction
  • Scholarship, Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon
  • Scholarship, Vermont Studio Center
  • Longlisted, The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction
  • Longlisted, The Frank O’Connor Award
  • Finalist, Go on Girl! New Author of the Year Award
  • Finalist, The Eric Hoffer Award
  • Finalist, The Da Vinci Eye Award
  • University of Miami Provost Research Award in the Humanities
  • University of Miami Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship

2014

  • Residency, The Betsy Hotel
  • Hawthornden Fellow, Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers
  • Macdowell Colony Fellow
  • Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency
  • Key West Literary Seminars Scholarship
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Aguanile”

2013

  • Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow
  • Alan Collins Fellow in Fiction, Breadloaf Writer’s Conference
  • William Randolph Hearst Fellow, American Antiquarian Society
  • Scholarship, Vermont Studio Center
  • Writers in the Heartland Residency
  • Prairie Center of the Arts Residency
  • Fellow, Kimbilio Writer’s Retreat
  • Illinois Arts Council Artist Project Grant
  • Florida Literary Arts Coalition Writer
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Taste of Dust”
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Candidate”

2012

  • Walter E. Dakin Fellow, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Sewanee Tennessee
  • DePaul University Competitive Paid Research Leave

2011

  • DePaul University Competitive Summer Research Grant

2010

  • Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Summer Research Fellowship

2009

  • Faculty Merit Award for Research, Saint Joseph’s University

2008

  • David R. Sokolov Scholar, Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Middlebury, Vermont

2006

  • Faculty Summer Research Grant, Saint Joseph’s University

2005

  • Tennessee Williams Scholar, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Sewanee Tennessee
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Award Grant

2003

  • Work-Study Scholar (Waiter), Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Middlebury, Vermont
  • Fellowship, Hurston/Wright Writer’s Conference
  • Fellow, Callaloo Writer’s Conference
  • Ucross Residency

2002  

  • Fellow, Callaloo Writer’s Conference