• Runner-Up, Scholarship for Creators of Diverse Characters, Austin SCBWI, 2016
  • Recipient, Grant, Highlights Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, Highlights Foundation, 2009
  • Recipient, Barbara Karlin Grant, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 2007




  • Wishing for Snow, Winner, Dear Lucky Agent Contest, GLA Blog, Writer's Digest, 2014
  • Mockingbird's Song, 7th Place, Children/YA Fiction Category, Writer's Digest Competition, 2010
  • Is This India?, 2nd Place, Writing for Children, Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest, 2009
  • "Patience to Pose," 2nd Place, Children's Story, Foster City International Writing Contest, 2007
  • "Summer of the Junker," 1st Place, Juvenile/YA Short, Panhandle Professional Writers' Frontiers in Writing Contest, 2006
  • "Swaying to the Music," Honorable Mention, Children's Article, Byline Magazine, 2006
  • "Patience to Pose," Honorable Mention, Juvenile Short Story, Byline Magazine, 2005
  • "Creating Bibliophiles," Special Honorable Mention, Personal Essay, Byline Magazine, 2005