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  • Train Dreams: A Novella
    Train Dreams: A Novella
    by Denis Johnson
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    Bluets
    by Maggie Nelson
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    We the Animals: A novel
    by Justin Torres
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AWARDS & HONORS

Tell Everyone I Said Hi, winner of the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award

Tell Everyone I Said Hi, finalist for 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.

Tell Everyone I Said Hi, finalist for 2011 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.

"Phantoms" nominated for Pushcart Prize, 2011.

"fourteen" named storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story, 2010.

"fourteen," Wigleaf Top 50 [Very] Short Stories of 2011, Long List.

"Phantoms," Wigleaf Top 50 [Very] Short Stories of 2011, Long List.

Judge, 2011 Micro Award.

Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching at Knox College, 2010.

"House Calls," Wigleaf Top 50 [Very] Short Stories of 2010, Long List.

"Let x," Winner of 2009 Micro Award.

"Let x," Wigleaf Top 50 [Very] Short Stories of 2009, Short List.

"Preparation," Wigleaf Top 50 [Very] Short Stories of 2009, Long List.

"Rail City," Wigleaf Top 50 [Very] Short Stories of 2009, Long List.

Tell Everyone I Said Hi, finalist for 2009 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.

"Infidelity, or The Rice Cooker," finalist for Opium Magazine's Shya Scanlon 7-Line Story Contest, 2008.

Selecting Editor, Wigleaf‘s Top 50 [Very] Short Stories of 2008.

"Adopting" nominated for Best New American Voices 2009 by the Sewanee Writers' Conference, 2007.

Tennessee Williams Scholarship, Sewanee Writers' Conference, 2007.

Work-Study ("Waiter") Scholarship, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2007.

"Estate Sales" nominated for Pushcart Prize.

Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, 2006.

Finalist, Charles Johnson Student Fiction Contest, 2005.

Honorable Mention, Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2004.