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2005 TEXTY National Texbook Award - Text and Academic Authors Association
2006 NEBRASKA BOOK AWARD - Nebraska Center for the Book
2006 MOONSHELL Arts and Humanities Literary Award
2008 DOCTORATE OF EDUCATION (Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction) - University of Nebraska at Lincoln
2008 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD - University of Nebraska at Kearney
2009 HALL OF HONOR INDUCTION - Grand Island Senior High School
2010 MARI SANDOZ AWARD - Nebraska Library Association
2011 IPPY National Book Award - Bronze Medal
2011 MOONBEAM National Children's Book Award - Bronze Medal
2012 LITERARY CONTRIBUTIONS AWARD - Mountain Plains Library Association
2012 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN National Book Award - Finalist
2012 WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA SPUR National Book Award - Finalist
2012 MOONBEAM National Children's Book Award
2013 LIFE MEMBERSHIP - Nebraska Writers Guild
2013 NEBRASKA READiNG COUNCIL/INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION'S CELEBRATE LITERACY AWARD
2013 NEBRASKA PRESS WOMEN'S Communications Award - First Place
2013 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PRESS WOMEN's National Communications Book Award - Second Place
2013 MOONBEAM National Children's Book Award - Gold Medal
2013 LITERARY CLASSICS - Gold Medal
2013 LITERARY CLASSICS - Gold LUMEN AWARD for Literary Excellence
2009-2010 Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Fiction award for "Curls of Gold."
2012 Slamdance Film Festival Top 25 Feature Film Scripts for "Til Death Do Us Part."
2012 Oregon Film Festival Bronze Award for Oregon Screenplays for "Til Death Do Us Part."
2013 Omaha Film Festival Finalist for "Til Death Do Us Part."
Short story, "The Silver Lining," placed 10th in the 79th Writer's Digest Writing Competion in 2010.
2012 Memoir THRESHOLD: A MEMOIR received the Outstanding Thesis Award for the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, University of Nebraska-Kearney
2011 EPIC Award-Intimate Flames-Contemporary Romance
2012 Love Romances and More Golden Rose Award Runner-Up-Respectable Affair-WWII Historical Romance
"Wakonda" - Screenplay finalist in the Omaha Film Festival
"Henrietta McGee" - Screenplay finalist in the Omaha Film Festival
"Killing Time" - Screenplay finalist in the Omaha Film Festival
Ad Club Award for an advertising campaign
ASTD Certificate of Excellence for Creative Training video
"Fine Lines Literary Magazine" 55 Words or Less Contest finalist and published
Elected in 2114 to serve on the Nebraska Film Association Board of Directors
Elected in 2117 as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Nebraska Film Association
Appointed Chair for the Nebraska Film Association Membership and Fundraising Committee
Appointed as editor on the Nebraska Film Association Communications Committee
Spring 2014, first place, Peru State College Writing Contest for poem, "The Irony of Spider Webs."
Spring 2014, first place, Peru State College Writing Contest for non-fiction, "Death of a Dryer."
June 8, 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - First Place in the Educational/Instruction - "Super Smart Sugar"
June 8, 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - First Place in Family Matters - "Sugar a Princess Pit Bull Finds Her Family"
June 8, 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards - Honorable Mention in the Animals/Pets Category - "Sugar a Princess Pit Bull Finds Her Family"
2015-eLit Awards- Bronze Medal Winner- Literary Fiction: Memories of a Mud Bee
2017 - Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports for Velocipede
2017 - Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Pets & Animals for People Like Cats
2016 - 150 Notable Nebraska Books for Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence
2016 - Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award (IPPY Award) for Drink
2016 - Pacifica Literary Review Creative Nonfiction Contest Honorable Mention
2016 & 2015 - Elgin Award Nomination for Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience
2015 - Nebraska Book Awards Honor Book for Intimates and Fools
2015 - District Lit Poetry Prize finalist for “When We’re Not Hiking”
2015 - Beecher’s Poetry Award for “Roadside Kiddie Pools”
2014 - Honorable Mention, Steel Toe Books
2014 - The Lascaux Review, Pushcart Prize Nomination
2013 - Finalist, The Backwaters Prize
2013 - Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition, Semi-Finalist
2012 - Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Fellowship and Grant
2012 - “Best of Spittoon” Fiction Award
2011 - Susan Atefact Peckham Poetry Fellowship
2011 - Research Grant-in-Aid, Center for the Great Plains Studies
2010 - Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Poet-in-Residence Grant
2010 - Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, Semi-finalist
2009 - Academy of American Poets Award/Gaffney in Poetry
2009 - Arts & Letters/Susan Atefat Prize Honorable Mention in Creative Nonfiction
2008 - Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award in Fiction