Awards and Nods

Thank you to all of the editors and judges who were adorable enough to choose one of my stories for an honor. This touches me deeply. It excites me and humbles me. Most of all it makes me smile.


"Target Practice," originally published by Chicago Literati and republished in Other Household Toxins, was chosen for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2019.

"Blood Brother," published by Longleaf Review, was included on the wigleaf long list for 2018.

"Falling Man" was nominated for The Best Small Fictions 2019 by Matter Press.

Other Household Toxins was listed in the article "Recommended Flash Fiction from the Editors of 100 Word Story".

"Blood Brother" was nominated for The Best Small Fictions 2019 by Longleaf Review.

"The Goldilocks Zone" was shortlisted in the Molotov Cocktail's "Killer Flash" competition and subsequently published by New Flash Fiction Review.

"Interrupted" was a finalist for Broad River Review's Rash Award. 

"The Microbiology of Laiq" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Jellyfish Review.

"Providence" was long-listed in the 2017 InkTears flash fiction competition.

"Chores"/"Aufgaben" (SmokeLong Quarterly) by Rupprecht Mayer, translated by Christopher Allen (me) was a finalist for The Best Small Fictions 2017

"Everything We Had" (The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts) was a semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions 2017 and also nominated for the Pushcart Prize by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. 

"Fences" published by Exeter Writers, third place in the Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

"My Little Cuckoos" won third place in the K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Awards given by Literal Latté Literary Journal (2016). 

"A Practiced Silence" was long-listed (there was no shortlist) in the spring 2017 Reflex Fiction competition. You can read the story HERE

"To Carry Her Home" was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award October 2016 and also included in the anthology To Carry Her Home: Bath Flash Fiction, Volume 1.

"A Living Room" was long-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award February 2017, included in The Lobsters Run Free.

"Some Far-off Thing" was long-listed for the Fish Flash Fiction Award 2017.

"Ghost Tour" was shortlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Award 2016.

The Raging, Melting Space Between (a chapbook) was a finalist in the Gertrude Press 2015 Chapbook competition.

"A Clown's Lips" was the winner of the Ginosko Literary Journal's Flash Fiction Award in 2015.

"Fred's Massive Sorrow" was a semifinalist in The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest in 2015. Subsequently and much revised, this story was accepted by Eclectica Magazine, included in Eclectica's 20th-anniversary Speculative anthology and also nominated for the storySouth Million Writers Award. So you keep working.

"Birdie's Knowledge of Signs" received an honorable mention nod in the 2014 Molotov Cocktail Monster Flash Contest. This story was subsequently published in Gravel literary magazine and also included in the Molotov Cocktail Prize Winners anthology.

"Providence" and "Husk of Hare" were added to Flash Fiction Chronicles' suggested stories for Short Story Month in 2014. If you are looking for a good list of flash fiction, this is the one.

Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire) is a top 2012 pick at OTDU Book Reviews, one of Gill Hoffs top reads of 2012 and also one of Linda Simoni-Wastila's stocking-stuffer recommendations for 2012. I'm so happy when people get this book.
"If you can read this book without cracking up, you have zero sense of humor." -- Cindi at UTDO Book Reviews
"Conversations with S. Teri O’Type is bitchily witty, intelligent, and really quite touching in places." -- Gill Hoffs 
"Goofy, high-camp, and amazingly good fun from one of the most promising emerging writers." Linda Simoni-Wastila

"When Susan Died the First Time" was a finalist in Indiana Review's 1/2 K Prize competition in 2013 and was also chosen for publication in Indiana Review.

"This Baring Daylight" shared first place with two other writers--Caroljean Gavin and Beth Cox Thomas--in the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) HEAT Flash Contest and published in Prime Number Magazine. It was a great pleasure to win this since I was also able to read the story later in the evening at the event. It's such a difficult story to read: female narrator, Southern characters, various voices including a talking, evangelical stuffed bear.
Art by Cosimo Cavallaro

November 2012, my story "When Chase Prays Chocolate" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the editors of SmokeLong Quarterly. Thank you to Tara Laskowski and Nancy Stebbins! This story was also chosen to appear in SmokeLong Quarterly: The Best of the First Ten Years (2003-2013). The story is also included on Flash Fiction Chronicles's must-read list of 2013.

September 2012, my story "Triangulation" was nominated for Best of the Net by Nicolette Wong at A-Minor Magazine. Thank you, Nicolette! In 2017, Gay Degani included "Triangulation" on her list of best flash fictions about cars.

In November 2011 my story "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Blue Fifth Review. Thank you to Michelle Elvy and Sam Rasnake, who run a wonderful show at Blue Fifth Review and the Blue Five Notebook Series.

In April 2011 my story "The Birds of North Carolina" was a finalist at Glimmer Train. This story, as "My Little Cuckoos," later won the K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award (third place) given by Literal Latté.

In 2010 my story "Red Toy Soldier" took first prize at The Smoking Poet's third annual short story contest. Thank you to Zinta Aistars and Kevin Morgan Watson for giving this one a thumbs-up.

In 2010 my story "Christmas 'Neath the Bridge of Sighs"--a collaboration with M.J. Nicholls--won Strange Circle Magazine's short story contest. The strangest thing about this was that I was able to deliver M.J.'s half of the prize money personally just a few weeks later since we'd planned to meet for the first time in Edinburgh.

First published in 2010 at EDF, "The Orangery" was chosen to be in The Best of Every Day Fiction Three in 2011.  

"Pretty" was honored to be in The Best of Metazen in January 2010.

Voted Best Ezine Editor in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2011 for his work for the daily litzine Metazen.

"The Whiter Places" took first prize in the Cazart Short Story Contest in April 2012. Now available in the April-June 2012 Winners and Runners up Book from Cazart.  


  1. Quite a pedigree! Now to surf around a bit, but really, Chris, you must return my sign-off. Tis I who must be off! ;) Karen R.

  2. Hi, Karen! I've just seen this comment. Comments on pages weren't visible in the dynamic view on Blogger, but I've just now returned to the Standard view for lots of reasons. Thank you for leaving a comment here!


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