My Essays and Stories

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“Losing My Words”       Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories of Grief, Loss, and Healing

My Father’s Messiah     Hunger Mountain Journal

The Geometry of Grief    WOW! Women On Writing

Losing My Words  Memoir Magazine

One Day At A Time   HerStories Project

Her Last Dance    Gemini Magazine

Who By Fire    Hippocampus Magazine (Most Memorable Essay Award)

The Last Ballet Lesson    Grown & Flown

Losing My Words     The Sunlight Press

Liar, Liar     Teachers&Writers Magazine

Grandpa’s Gift  Grand Piano Passion

More Precious than Pearls     Lessons From My Parents Anthology (Familius 2013)

Letting My Daughter Go   Tablet Magazine

Fire Drill    On the Premises Magazine

“One Candle For Sophie”    Lilith Magazine

Child of the Light    Winning Writers

“Twenty Ten”  Gemini Magazine

“In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing ”   Memoirs Ink.

“Never on a Wednesday”   Writer’s Digest Magazine

“Reading, Writing, and the Red Sox”   Teacher Magazine

“School Records and Scarlet Letters”    Learning Magazine


DISQUIET Literary Prize – Short Listed 2023

Story Studio Chicago Scholarship 2022

CRAFT Literary Mag First Chapters Prize 2022 – Shortlisted

Tuscan Literary Festival Non-Fiction 2nd Prize 2021

Katherine Paterson 1st Prize 2021 Young Adult Fiction

Brooklyn Film Arts Nonfiction Prize Finalist 2020

Wow! Women on Writing Flash Fiction Honorable Mention 2020

Tuscan Literary Festival Story Finalist 2020

Wellspring House Residency Contest Finalist   Oct 2019

Gemini Magazine Fiction Contest, Notable  Sept 2019

PJ Library Author Incentive Grant,  2019

Hunger Mountain Short Fiction Finalist,  2019

Women on Writing Essay Contest Runner Up, 2019

Writer Magazine Story Contest Finalist     2018

Memoir Magazine  2018 Recovery Essay Contest, 2nd Pl.

Loudon County Library Write On! 2018, Fiction finalist

Gemini Magazine Story Contest, 2nd Place

Memoir Magazine Notable Essay, #MeToo Contest 2018

Hunger Mountain Journal Nonfiction Finalist 2018

Vermont Studio Center Merit Scholarship 2018

TENT Children’s Literature Fellowship 2018

Hippocampus Magazine,  2017 Essay Semi-finalist

Women On Writing Flash Fiction 2017– Honorable Mention

Past Loves Essay 2015–2nd Place

New Millennium Essay 2015– Honorable Mention

Family Circle Magazine 2015– 2nd Place Short Story

WriteOutLoud Story Contest, Louden Public Library 2014–Honorable Mention

Winning Writers Short Story Contest 2014–Finalist

On the Premises Magazine #16, 3rd Place Story Winner 2012

Association of Jewish Libraries, 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award for Middle-Grade Fiction

Next Generation Indie Awards 2011, YA Novel Finalist

Gemini Flash Fiction 2011–Honorable Mention

New Millennium Writings Fiction Award 2009–Honorable Mention

Washington JCC Literary Festival Essay Contest 2009–Honorable Mention

Tom Howard/John Reid Short Story Contest 2009–Highly Commended

Memoirs Ink Annual Essay Competition 2006–2nd Place

The Center for the Arts in Natick–2006 Story Winner

Writers Digest Annual Competition 2002–Fiction Finalist

Writer’s Digest Competition 2000– Essay Honorable Mention

Writer’s Digest Competition 1994–Essay Honorable Mention

Business Week Award for Innovative Teaching



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