Honors and Awards

                                                                                 

 Recent Recognitions

lao-book-launch-nov-21-2015May 7, 2015 — Silver Award — The Crowder Quill Magazine (“Talking Pitchers”)

October 24, 2015 — Third Place—Missouri Writers’ Guild Fall Semi-Flash Fiction Contest (“First Do No Harm”)

February 11, 2016 — Third Place—Joplin Writers’ Guild Romance Writing Contest (“Last Look”)

April 30, 2016 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2016 President’s Awards – First Place Award for Magazine Article (“Talking Pitchers”)

June 5, 2016 – First Place in Flash Fiction for the 2016 Well Versed: Under Lock and Key anthology – Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild (“Maybe Next Time”)

June 9, 2016 – Purple Dragonfly Book Award – First Place in Biography and Historical Nonfiction for Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before

July 6, 2016 – Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before earned the Story Monster Approved! Seal (Books Worth Devouring)

October 13, 2016 – Second Place—Joplin Writers’ Guild Fall Writing Contest (“The Flames of Fall”)

October 13, 20162016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before – Bronze Medal Winner in the Non-fiction Chapter Book Category

November 2, 2016—Missouri Writers’ Guild Fall Fiction Contestmoonbeam-4

First Chapter—Young Adult Category: First place (Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary)

Flash Fiction—Historical Category: First place (“Monster Slayers”)

November 18, 2016-Ozarks Writers League 2016 Writing Contest—First Place (“Surviving Joplin’s EF-5 Tornado”)—               Crawford Poetry Prize: Courage in Adversity

November 18, 2016-Ozarks Writers League 2016 Writing Contest—Second Place (“As the Snowflakes Fall”)—Haiku Poem

February 9, 2017 — Joplin Writers’ Guild Romance Writing Contest — Second Place (“Lost at Sea”)

April 29, 2017 — Rock Springs Review 2017 Fiction Contest — Second Place (“Monster Slayers”)

April 29, 2017 — Rock Springs Review 2017 Poetry Contest — Second Place (“Tea for Two”)

April 29, 2017 — Rock Springs Review 2017 Nonfiction Contest — Second Place (“The Lord Gave You a Brain to Use”)

May 6, 2017 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2017 President’s Awards – First Place Award for Best Magazine Article (“A Deadly Global Enemy”)

May 6, 2017 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2017 President’s Awards – First Place Award for Best Juvenile Book (Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air)

May 6, 2017 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2017 President’s Awards – First Place Award for Best Column (Three SMTO Health Columns)

May 6, 2017 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2017 President’s Awards – Second Place Award for Best Poem (“Alone on Stage”)

May 11, 2017 – The Crowder Quill Magazine – Bronze Poetry Award for “Final Spring”

May 11, 2017 – The Crowder Quill Magazine – Gold Fiction Award for “The Flames of Fall”

June 12, 2017 – Purple Dragonfly Book Award – First Place in Biography and Historical Nonfiction for Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air

October 4, 2017 –  2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary – Silver Medal Winner in the Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues Category

October 4, 2017 –  2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air – Bronze Medal Winner in the Non-fiction Chapter Book Category

October 11, 2017 — Saturday Writers 2017 Writing Contests — “Any Sin/Virtue Goes” Poetry — Third Place (“Lost at Sea”)

November 1, 2017 — Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air nominated for the 2018 Amelia Bloomer Project List

November 16, 2017 –  2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Award for Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary – Honorable Mention in the Relationships Category

November 17, 2017 – Ozarks Writers League 2017 Writing Contest—First Place: Crawford Poetry Prize (“Ozark Spite Dolls”)

November 17, 2017 – Ozarks Writers League 2017 Writing Contest—First Place: Historical Non-Fiction (“The Gift that Changed Medical History”)

November 17, 2017 – Ozarks Writers League 2017 Writing Contest—First Place: Travel/Destination (“Make Alaska Your Family’s Next Vacation Destination”)

November 17, 2017 – Ozarks Writers League 2017 Writing Contest—Second Place: Memoir (“Childhood Magic”)

December 14, 2017 – 2017 Human Relations Indie Book Award for Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary –  Outstanding Abuse Awareness Book in the Director’s Choice Awards

December 14, 2017 – 2017 Human Relations Indie Book Award for Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary – Bronze Winner-Pre-Teen/Teen Human Relations Children’s Indie Book Category

                                                              lao-book-launch-nov-21-2015

February 18, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild Fall Fiction Contest—First Chapter—Horror Category:   First Place  (“A Rare Find”)

March 8, 2018 – Missouri Southern State University—Dept. of English and Philosophy’s Frankenstein Week Scary Story Contest—Community Category: First Place  (“The Viral Spiral”)

April 28, 2018 — Saturday Writers 2018 Writing Contests — “5th-Year Milestones” Prose Contest — Honorable Mention (“Silenced Voices”)

May 10, 2018 – The Crowder Quill Magazine – Gold Fiction Award for “A Rare Find”

May 12, 2018 – 2018 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. (OWFI) Writing Contest–2nd Honorable Mention in Poetry, Rhymed-Short for “Last Look”

May 12, 2018 – 2018 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. (OWFI) Writing Contest–2nd Honorable Mention in Poetry, Rhymed-Long for “Pet Peeve”

May 12, 2018 – 2018 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. (OWFI) Writing Contest–2nd Honorable Mention in Essay for “Childhood Magic”

May 12, 2018 – 2018 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. (OWFI) Writing Contest–Third Place in Young Adult Short Story–Fiction for “A Rare Find”

May 19, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2018 President’s Awards – Second Place Award for Best Juvenile Book (Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary)

May 19, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2018 President’s Awards – Second Place Award for Best Short Story (“The Flames of Fall”)

May 19, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2018 President’s Awards – Second Place Award for Best Newspaper Article (“A Call for More Help to End Prescription Abuse”)

May 19, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2018 President’s Awards – Second Place Award for Best Poem (“I’ll Haunt You”)

May 19, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2018 President’s Awards – Third Place Award for Best Magazine Article (“The Gift that Changed Medical History”)

July 12, 2018 — Rock Springs Review 2018 Nonfiction Contest — First Place (“Childhood Magic”)

July 12, 2018 — Rock Springs Review 2018 Poetry Contest — Third Place (“Space Travel”)

       

July 17, 2018 — Ollie the Autism-Support Collie received the Story Monsters Seal of Approval

August 1, 2018 — Selected as the Kansas/Missouri SCBWI PAL Author of the Month for August 2018  (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)

August 29, 2018 — “Vietnam Vignettes: The Trauma and the Therapy” selected as an Honorable Mention in the Interviews Category for Proud to Be: Writing By American Warriors, Volume 7. (Missouri Humanities Council / Southeast Missouri State University)

October 13, 2018 – Ozark Creative Writers 2018 Writing Contest—Third Honorable Mention: Tell Me a Story (“Fruitless Communication”)

October 13, 2018 – Ozark Creative Writers 2018 Writing Contest—First Honorable Mention: My Favorite Day in Nature (“From Weeding to Wisdom”)

October 13, 2018 – Ozark Creative Writers 2018 Writing Contest—First Honorable Mention: Search for Excellence Award (“Childhood Magic”)

October 13, 2018 – Ozark Creative Writers 2018 Writing Contest—Second Place: Inspirational Essay Award (“Hit by Lightning”)

October 13, 2018 – Ozark Creative Writers 2018 Writing Contest—Second Place: The Showcase Award (“The Magic of the Ozarks”)

October 13, 2018 – Ozark Creative Writers 2018 Writing Contest—First Place: Space Journey (“The Bus Ride”)

October 13, 2018 – Ozark Creative Writers 2018 Writing Contest—First Place: Tell Me Why (“The Persistence of Pride and Prejudice”)

October 20, 2018 – Carter County Poetry Society (KY)—Second Honorable Mention: Appalachian/Kentucky Theme Category (“Sundays at Wolf Creek Dam”)

October 20, 2018 – Carter County Poetry Society (KY)—Second Place: Spiritual/Inspirational Category (“Michelangelo’s Pieta”)

October 20, 2018 – Carter County Poetry Society (KY)—First Place: Shakespearean Sonnet Category (“Forever Joined”)

November 10, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2018 Autumn Writing Contest—Second Place: Non-fiction (“Sunday Afternoons”)

November 10, 2018 – Missouri Writers’ Guild 2018 Autumn Writing Contest—Second Place: Poetry (“Flames in the Wind”)

November 16, 2018 – Ozarks Writers League 2018 Writing Contest—First Honorable Mention: Crawford Poetry Prize (“Haunted Habitat”)

November 16, 2018 – Ozarks Writers League 2018 Writing Contest—Third Place: Western Short Story (“The Saintly Outlaw”)

November 16, 2018 – Ozarks Writers League 2018 Writing Contest—First Place:  Wilshire Short Story (“Be of Good Cheer”)

November 24, 2018 – Springfield Writers’ Guild 2018 Fall Short Story Contest—First Honorable Mention (“Hellebore Hell”)