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Honors and Awards

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  • The William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Essay, Finalist, 2019
  • She Writes Press, STEP Scholarship, Novel Among the Top 5 Finalists, 2018
  • 2018 Short Story America Prize, Honorable Mention, 2018
  • The William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Novel, Semi-Finalist, 2018
  • The William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Novel, Semi-Finalist, 2017
  • Short Story America Prize, Short Story Finalist, 2017 
  • The William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Novella, Finalist, 2016
  • The William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Short Story Finalist, 2015 
  • Gemini Magazine, Short Story Contest, Notable Mention, 2012
  • Sue Lile Inman Fiction Award, Emrys Journal, 2012
  • Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Journal of the Stars, Honorable Mention, 2011
  • WordHustler's Page to Screen Story Contest, Third Place, 2011 (Work judged by Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants)
  • Memoirs Contest, Third Place, The Writers' Workshop, 2009 
  • Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards, Second Place, SC Writers Workshop, 2008 
  • SCC Celebrates the Arts Competition, First Place, 2006 
  • Story Nomination, Best New American Voices, 2006 
  • A&S African American Summer Research Grant, 2004 & 2005 
  • K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship, 2003-2004 
  • Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize, Honorable Mention, 2003 
  • And others... 

Publications

Short Story America Anthology

This story is published in this volume.

"Love Me Like You Used To" 

(Fall 2018) 

You can purchase a copy here.

Emrys Journal

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  "The Buck" 

(Volume 29, Spring 2012)

Winner of the Sue Lile Inman Fiction Award  

You can purchase a copy here


Dark Fire Fiction

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"Meltdown"

Issue 54,  Halloween 2011 

Waccamaw Journal

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  "Places Like This"

 (Spring 2011) 

You can read the story here.

Mythium: Journal of Contemporary Literature

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  "The Great Flood" 

(Volume 3, Summer 2011)  

Expecting Goodness & Other Stories

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"Girl Talk"  

Stories chosen and edited by C. Michael Curtis, long-time fiction editor of The Atlantic

*This book was also a runner-up for best book of      short fiction in North America in the 2010 IPPY Awards and won for Best Film in the 2012 Expecting Good Short Film Festival.

You can purchase a copy here.

The Widower's Pearls

Watch the short film based off the short story "Girl Talk," starring Elijah Chester, Madison Nolte, Olivia Chester, Zoe Clarke, Morgan Monnig, and Coty Galloway. Madison won an award for Best actress in the performance.