Awards & Publications

“The most successful and pleasurable writing comes from being in a state of wonder. That fine balance between will and surrender, between skill and letting the pen run free is where the magic lives.”

The following are some examples of what came from that very state of wonder 


2024// What the Living Do, novel to be released in 2024 by Regal House Publishing

2022// Speaking With the Dead, short story, Quagmire Literary Magazine

2022//  The Guy Who Gave Me a Flower, Beyond Words Literary Magazine

2022// Zoom Call With an Old Friend, 1455 Literary Arts/Moveable Type

2021//  The Story as it is Told, cfn, published in The Blood Pudding 

2020//   Received Ontario Arts Council grant for completion of the novel in Progress, One Way Home
2020//   What I Remember is This, runner-up, WOW! Women On Writing Q4 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest, published WOW magazine.
2020//   Terminal, flash fiction, published online in Big Whoopie Deal
2018 //   Drive, 2nd place in K. Valerie Memorial Poetry Contest

2018 //   Once We Were Sad, 1st place in WOW-Women on Writing’s Creative Non-fiction Essay Contest, published in Wow
2017 //   Misconception, 1st place in The Writing District’s September short prose competition, published in The Writing District Magazine
2017 //   The Me of Us, Berlin,1976 published in Room Magazine, issue 40.2
2017 //   What the Living Do (First two chapters) 1st place in Lazuli Literary Group’s writing contest,
published in Azure Magazine’s Winter issue
2016 //   Tender Fruit, 1st place in 23rd annual Writers’ Union of Canada’s short prose contest
2015 //   Misconception, 1st place winner in Scugog Council for the Arts short prose contest
2015 //   Running Shoes, flash fiction challenge winner in The Word Weaver
2015 //   In Response, Winner, WCYR’s Poetry & Roses contest
2014 //   Work Boots on Wall Street, CanWrite! Short Story Competition runner-up, published in the Canadian Authors Association’s CanWrite! Anthology 2015
2014 //   Closing Circle and The Soft One, long-listed WCDR prose contest,
published in the Renaissance Anthology 2014.
2014 //   Second Coming, CAA Leacock Simcoe Erotic Prose Contest 2nd place
2013 //   Chicks, 2nd place, published online in Flash Fiction
2013 //   Finalist, Poetry & Roses competition, with the poem, Ceremony
2013 //   Runner-up in Freefall Writing Competition with Still Life with Coconut
2012 //  What’s Left, 1st prize in Whispered Words short prose contest, judged by Antanas Sileika, published in Whispered Words Anthology
2011 //  Choose the Hammock, short story published in carte blanche literary magazine
and submitted to the Journey Prize and Canadian Magazine Awards
2011 // Four short pieces published in Being Unquiet Anthology
2012 //  Received Ontario Arts Council grant through the Writers’ Reserve Program2012 //  Received  Writers’ Community of Durham Region grant.


“This heartbreaking story of loss is written with restraint and intelligence and contains within it a kind of mathematical puzzle that one is tempted to decipher, although that may not be possible. Utterly devoid of sentimentality, the story invites the reader to put herself in the position of the narrator and imagine the strangeness of loss and character transformation that a physical affliction might cause.”

Antanas Sileiki

Judge of Whispered Words Contest, Author, former Director of Creative Writing at Humber College

“Once We Were Sad” is the most gorgeous piece of writing I’ve read in a long time. Your narrative voice is strong! Heartbreak, separation, grief, trust–you captured these images beautifully and in an interesting way. The short beats “The deal was. What the deal was. Was.” LOVE that! Not being able to be with the one you love, and being able to trust, to share, to show someone who you really are. It’s never an easy thing. There is so much depth and beauty to your essay. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! It is in my heart now. Keep up the excellent writing! We can’t wait to read more from you! Write on!

Angela Mackintosh

Editor and Founder , WOW! Women On Writing Q3 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

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