My young adult manuscript, The Devil’s Kaleidoscope, about a 14-year-old Armenian boy, named Arakel, who is caught up in the genocide 100 years ago, has already won several awards:
- Honorable Mention, 2014 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition of the National League of American Pen Women in the Novel Excerpt category. Here’s a reading at the awards ceremony in San Francisco on March 29, 2015.
- 2015 Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship from the New England Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (NESCBWI), based on this manuscript; and
- 2015 Literature Artist Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council, based primarily on this manuscript. You can follow this link to an article about my slide presentation, set to music, “Remembering 1915: The 100-Year Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide,” on May 28, 2015, where I read from The Devil’s Kaleidoscope. https://app.box.com/s/6sukzg1u6hd0pgxt8f40atva8zq60p01.
My short story “Burning Embers,” which is not specifically young adult, received Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train’s 2013 Short Story Award for New Writers.