2008, “No Country for Old Women” nominated for The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses; nominated by James Penha, editor of The New Verse News online journal.
2008, 1st Annual Italian/American Citizen Journalist-Digital Witness Content, finalist and third place award for “Non Parlo Italiano.”
2007 Fall/Winter Glass Woman Prize, “Vicky’s Secret.”
2007, Lambda Literary Awards, Finalist, Spirituality Category, The Singing of Swans (Pearlsong Press 2006).
2005 Writer’s Residency Award, Norcroft: A Writing Retreat for Women.
2000 Salvator & Margaret Bonomo Memorial Prize for Literature, co-winner, for “Valentino, Puglia, & Seneca Falls”, a personal narrative published in Italian Americana, Summer 2000.
1999 Colorado Authors’ League, “Top Hand Award”, Adult Fiction Mainstream/Literary, Finding Grace.
1999 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, Children/Young Adult category, Finding Grace.
1995 Writer’s Residency Award, Norcroft: A Writing Retreat for Women.
1994 Minnesota Book Award finalist, fiction category, No Matter What.
1991-1992 Loft Mentor Series Award, fiction category.