“The Topaz Creek Fugitive,” Finalist, 2017 Ron Rash Fiction Award

“The Disappearance of Audrey Thorpe,” (novel excerpt) First place, Novel Category, 2017 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award; Semi-finalist, Novel-in-Progress Category, 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition; The Petigru Review, Vol. 11, 2017

“The Things that Survive,” Third place, 2017 Porter Fleming Literary Competition

“The Ghost of Charlton Street,” Finalist, 2016 Ron Rash Fiction Award, Broad River Review, Vol. 49, 2017

“Wendell Berry’s Peace,” First place, 2016 James Still Fiction Prize; Runner-up, 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize; Finalist, 2016 Reynolds Price Fiction Award; The Thomas Wolfe Review, Vol. 40, 2016 

“A Pop of Color,” Honorable Mention, 2015 Ron Rash Fiction Award; Broad River Review, Vol. 48, 2016

“White Iris,” Finalist, 2015 Doris Betts Fiction Prize; Second place, 2016 Savannah Anthology Short Story Contest; 2016 Savannah Anthology

“Salamander in the Garden,” Honorable Mention, The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville 2015 Literary Fiction Contest; Finalist, 2014 Touring Theatre of North Carolina Short Story Contest; Finalist, 2014 James Hurst Fiction Prize

“Paved Streets, Beautiful Lots,” Second Place, 2015 Page Crafter’s Prize

“Maranatha Road,” First place, Novel Excerpt Category, 2014 Knoxville Writers’ Guild Contest

“Hold String and Fly,” Second place, Novel Excerpt Category, 2014 Knoxville Writers’ Guild Contest

“Soft Landing,” East Coast Literary Review, Winter Edition 2015

“Three Lies and a Truth,” Thick Jam, Edition 457, 2015

Third Shift,” Finalist, 2014 North Carolina State University Short Fiction Prize; Second place, 2014 Union County Writers’ Club Literary Contest; Gravel, April  2015

“L’Orangerie,” First place, The Fountainhead 2014 Short Story Contest; Second place, 2015 Pamlico Writers Competition; Semi-finalist, 2015 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards; Rozlyn: Short Fiction by Women Writers (Rozlyn Press 2015)

When We Could See But Did Not Know,” Honorable Mention, 2014 Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Prize; Pembroke Magazine, Vol. 47, 2015; reprinted in r.k.v.r.y., Vol. XIV, No. 2 (Spring 2017)

“Out at Poplar Springs,” Top Ten Finalist, 2014 Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest; Southern Writers Magazine, Summer 2014

Prognosis,” Winner of Press 53’s 53-Word Story Contest, May 2014; forthcoming in Prime Number Magazine

Blue Eyes,” Hermeneutic Chaos, July 2014

“Siler Road,” Finalist, 2014 Reynolds Price Fiction Award

“Compensation,” Finalist, 2014 Reynolds Price Fiction Award; renamed “This Month’s Fall Look,” Clapboard House, July 2014

“The Yes Pile,” Honorable Mention, The Fountainhead 2012 Short Story Contest; Eunoia Review, May 10, 2014

New Moon,” Runner-up, The Fountainhead 2013 Short Story Contest; Honorable Mention, The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville 2013 Fiction Contest; Second place, 2014 Carolina Woman Writing Contest; Carolina Woman, April 2014

“Green River Gorge,” Finalist, 2013 North Carolina State University Short Fiction Prize; Second place, 2013 Southern Literary Contest; The Bluestone Review, 2014

“Becoming Jackie,” North Carolina State Bar Journal, Winter 2013; Second place, 2013 North Carolina State Bar Fiction Contest

Tuesday Night Chorus,” Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South Anthology, (New Lit Salon Press 2013)

Warmer Over Here,” The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, September 12, 2013

Hold,” First Stop Fiction, July 11, 2013

“Gaston Street,” Deep South Magazine, May 24, 2013

“Butler Road,” Winner of Sundog Lit Photogene #5 Contest, March 13, 2013

“David Gray On the Radio,” WhiskeyPaper, February 17, 2013

“Off the Hook,” Crack the Spine,  Issue 54, February 6, 2013

The Dean’s Speech,” Appalachian Story Anthology, January, 2013; North Carolina State Bar Journal, Spring 2012; Third place, 2011 North Carolina State Bar Fiction Contest

“Undo the Knot,” The Rusty Nail, December 2012

“Dream House,” First Place, 2012 October Fiction in Five Contest, Center for Writing Excellence;  Third Annual Fiction Anthology, Center for Writing Excellence, July 2013

Absolution,” Foliate Oak, October 2012; Finalist, Short-Short Story Category, 2013 Press 53 Awards

“What a Picture is Worth,” Daily Love, September 26, 2012




Emerging Author Fellowship, 2017 Laughing Heart Literary Festival

Honorable Mention, 2017 Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction



The Mechanics of Hope,” Interviewed by Kim Church, South Writ Large, Fall 2017

The Places in Maranatha Road,” Deep South Magazine, November 3, 2017

Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension, Women Writers, Women’s Books, October 12, 2017

Interviewed by Terry Lynn Thomas, October 1, 2017

In Debut Novel, Redemption in Small-Town Appalachia, “The State of Things” with Frank Stasio, WUNC 91.5 NC Public Radio, September 6, 2017

“First Time Novelist Shares Reading Recommendations” Triangle Reads, The News & Observer, May 31, 2017

Maranatha Road: The Story Behind the Story,” r.k.v.r.y., May 2017

Topaz,” Third place, Carolina Woman 2017 Writing Contest, Carolina Woman, May 2017

Publishing with a University Press: A Fiction Writer’s Perspective,” Women Writers, Women’s Books, April 23, 2017

“Outsiders Looking for Connection: Good People,” Review of Good People by Robert Lopez, Raleigh Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 2015

“Arrival Gate,” First place, Creative Non-fiction Category, 2014 Union County Writers’ Club Contest

Lollygag,” Quail Bell Magazine, September 7, 2013; Honorable Mention, The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville 2013 Hard Times Essay Contest

Marrow,” Ginosko Literary Journal, Issue 13, July 2013

“The Few Things I’ve Learned So Far,” P31 Woman Magazine, April 2011

“Tar Heel in Duke Blue,” The State, January 1996




“After the Party,” Dual Coast Magazine, 2015

Empty Space,” First place, 2013 Southern Literary Contest; Boston Poetry Magazine, October 16, 2014

Untitled haiku, Winners’ Circle, 2014 Library Hotel Poetry Month Haiku Contest

The Anticipation of Sweetness,” vox poetica, June 10, 2013

“The Tablecloth,” Honorable Mention, Carolina Woman 2013 Writing Contest, Carolina Woman, April 2013

Weight,” Poetic Story, March 2013

“The Color of Loss,” Eskimo Pie, March 2013