Awards and Recognition

  • IN CIRCLING FLIGHT -- Winner of the 2019 Brighthorse Prize in the novel
  • "The Visits" -- Long-listed for Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize 2018; honorable mention, Asheville Writers' Workshop Hard Times contest, 2018.
  • "Settling" -- Short-listed, 2016 Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award, Wexford, Ireland; published in Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene (West Virginia UP 2019)
  • "Speranza" -- Runner up, Portable Stories Contest, 2016
  • "Way Out Farm" -- Honorable mention, 2016 Leap Frog Press Fiction Contest (for a novella)
  • "Flight" -- Finalist, 2015 Dana Award for the Novel
  • "Into the Air" -- First place, Writerhouse/C-Ville Creative Nonfiction Contest (2014)
  • "All God's Children Gonna Take a Ride" -- Second place, 2014 Virginia Golden Nib short story competition (chapter level); “Highly Recommended” work, Ireland’s 2014 Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Prize competition
  • "Dear John, I've fallen for a dog," -- Short-listed, Fish Publishing 2013/14 Short Story Prize
  • "Watching--the Fall" -- Long-listed, Fish Publishing Short Memoir Contest (2013)
Lucy Shapiro



Rockbridge County, VA


Fiction & Literature, Children, Teens, Essays, Poetry, Humor