Awards & Nice Nods

When I was in grade school, I won the science fair three years in a row. My Dad was a chemist, and of course he “lightly coached” me through rates of diffusion and osmosis experiments. Totally normal topics for a 6th grader, no? Anyway, the point is, it’s always nice to receive an img_5111.jpgacknowledgment, and even better when it’s for your own ideas! I still love those dusty science fair trophies, though…


Runner Up for 2017 Birdwhistle Prize in Short Fiction, Noble / Gas Quarterly

SmokeLong Quarterly, Finalist for 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship, 2016

Martindale Literary Award, 2012

AWP Introduction to Journals Project Contest, winner for Creative Nonfiction, 2001


Smoke and Mirrors, An Interview with Michele Finn Johnson for SmokeLong Quarterly


Ploughshares Blog, “The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Lunar Facts” by Michele Finn Johnson.”

Word Search,” has been nominated by jmww journal for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2017

Born Again,” has been nominated by Lost Balloon for a Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions 2018, and  Best of the Net 2017

The Erratic Flight Patterns of Bats,” has been nominated by The Adroit Journal  for Best Small Fictions 2018

Save Us From Extinction,” has been nominated by WhiskeyPaper for Best Small Fictions 2018

House Rules,” Split Lip Magazine  was selected for Wigleaf’s 2016 Top 50 Longlist and nominated for Best of the Net 2017

School Lessons” was runner-up for the Birdwhistle Prize for short fiction.

Finding Neutrinos,” nominated by Flyway Journal for Best of the Net 2016

Adopting Mercy,” nominated by Bartleby Snopes for Best of the Net 2016

The Mathematics of Aunt Dolly,” selected for Wigleaf’s 2016 Top 50 Longlist

DJ’s Addictions” selected for Wigleaf’s 2015 Top 50 Longlist

Nice write-up in Short Fiction Fix Blog: How to Keep a Boy