• “Hostages” was long-listed for the 2021 Wigleaf Top 50
  • Winner, 2021 Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction contest, for “Hand-Me-Downs”
  • “Cake or Pie” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2021
  • Winner, 2020 Sue Lile Inman Fiction Prize, Emrys Journal, for “Keeper Four”
  • “Mirrors” was selected for Best Microfiction 2021
  • Finalist, 2020 W.S. Porter Prize, Regal House Press
  • Finalist, 2020 Hudson Prize, Black Lawrence Press
  • Winner of 2020 Stillhouse Books Short Story Award
  • Finalist, 2020 Orison Fiction Prize
  • “Fertilizer” and “Manhandle” were long-listed for the 2020 Wigleaf Top 50
  • Finalist, Story Foundation Prize 2020
  • Finalist, 2020 Blue Light Books Prize
  • “Fertilizer” and “Palate Cleanser” were selected for Best Microfiction 2020
  • “One or Two?” selected for 2019 Wigleaf Top 50; also, “An Arm or a Palm Frond or a Boot” was long-listed
  • Finalist, 2018 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction for “A Mouth is a House for Teeth”
  • Finalist, 2018 Best of the Net Anthology for “Why Science Lessons That Involve Potatoes Give Me Grief”
  • Finalist and Highly Commended Story, The Forge 2018 Flash Fiction Contest for “Muscle Memory”
  • Finalist, 2017 Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Short Stories
  • Finalist, 2017 Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction for “Prologue”
  • Long-listed for 2017 Wigleaf Top 50 for “Phainopepla”
  • Winner of 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award
  • Runner-up for 2016 Juniper Prize in Short Fiction
  • Finalist, 2016 New American Press Short Fiction Prize
  • Finalist, 2016 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest
  • 3rd Place Winner, Sixfold 2016 Spring Fiction Contest for “An Impromptu Lesson on Black Holes”
  • 3rd Place Winner, Sixfold 2015 Winter Fiction Contest for “Waiting for the Cottonmouths to Feed”
  • Winner of Sixfold 2014 Winter Fiction Contest for “Cinema Verite”
  • Winner of Main Street Rag 2005 Fiction Contest for  “How Many Ways Can You Die on a Bus?”
  • Finalist, Pebble Lake Review 2005 Fiction Contest for “Ventriloquy”
  • Winner of Gulf Coast 2002 Fiction Contest for “If My Mother Was the Final Girl”

Nominations

  • Best Microfiction Nomination for 2020 for “Snapshot,” published in Atlas & Alice
  • Best of the Net Nominations for 2020 for “Eden,” published in MoonPark Review and “Ghosts-Turned-Blue,” a story I wrote with Kim Magowan and which was published in The Florida Review
  • Best Small Fictions Nomination for “Migration,” published in Fictive Dream, 2019
  • Pushcart Nomination for “Deposition,” published in Milk Candy Review, 2019
  • Pushcart Nomination for “Dee Bukowski,” published in Epiphany, 2019
  • Best Microfiction Nomination for 2019 for “Fertilizer,” published in Pithead Chapel
  • Best Small Fictions Nomination for “A Test I Knew I Could Pass,” a collaborative fiction written with Kim Magowan, and published in Cagibi
  • Best Small Fictions Nomination for 2018 for “One or Two?” published in Passages North
  • Best Microfiction Nomination for 2018 for “An Arm or a Palm Frond or a Boot,” published in Pidgeonholes
  • Best of the Net Nomination for 2018 for “Why Science Lessons That Involve Potatoes Give Me Grief,” published in Threadcount
  • Pushcart Nomination for 2019 Pushcart Anthology for “Glow,” published in Arroyo Literary Review 
  • Best of the Net nomination for 2017 for “The Difference Between Me and Everyone Else,” published in The Forge
  • Pushcart Nomination for 2018 Pushcart Anthology for “Phainopepla,” published in Cease, Cows 
  • Pushcart Nomination for 2018 Pushcart Anthology for “Rattlesnake Roundup,” published in Moon City Review 
  • Pushcart Nomination for 2018 Pushcart Anthology for “Virgins,” published in Arroyo Literary Review
  • Pushcart Nomination for 2018 Pushcart Anthology for “Accomplice of Hostage,” published in Jellyfish Review 
  • Pushcart Nomination for 2017 Pushcart Anthology for “Unit 7: Exploring Fossils,” published in Synaesthesia Magazine 
  • Pushcart Nomination for 2017 Pushcart Anthology for “Sex Ed.,” published in Bird’s Thumb