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Dallas Woodburn is the author of 3 a.m., an award-winning collection of short stories that was featured on the national PBS book talk show “Between the Lines.” Her children’s book There’s a Huge Pimple on My Nose was lauded in Girls’ Life magazine and The Los Angeles Times Book Review raved, “If you simply want to enjoy some remarkable writing, it would be hard to find a book more satisfying.” Dallas is also founder of Write On! Books publishing company, through which she edited and published Dancing With The Pen: a collection of today’s best youth writing. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Dzanc Books “Best of the Web” anthology and has appeared in a variety of literary journals including Monkeybicycle, The Ramshackle Review, and Arcadia Journal. Her nonfiction articles and essays have been published in Family Circle, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Justine, and nearly a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul series books, and her plays have been put on in Los Angeles, Santa Paula, and Ventura, California. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing a Master’s (MFA) in Fiction Writing at Purdue, where she is as Assistant Fiction Editor of Sycamore Review.

Writing Awards:

  • Pushcart Prize nominee for short story “Jared Sampson’s Mom” published in Valparaiso Fiction Quarterly. (2011)
  • First place out of more than 600 entries in the Ninth Glass Woman Prize for “Woman, Running Late, in a Dress.” (2011)
  • Second place in the Kneale Award for Fiction for short story “Jackson and Steffy.” (2010)
  • Brian Mexicott Playwriting Award for “The Stars in Indiana.” (2010)
  • Pushcart Prize nominee & Dzanc Books “Best of the Web” nominee for short story “DING!” published in Bartleby-Snopes literary magazine. (2010)
  • First place, Southern Illinois Writers Guild Short Story Contest, for “Goosepimples.” (2010)
  • Pushcart Prize & Dzanc Books “Best of the Web” nominee for short story “Numb” published in Monkeybicycle. (2009)
  • First Place, Hamilton Writers Guild Short Story Contest, for “A Real Beauty.” (2009)
  • Undergraduate Fiction Prize from the University of Southern California for short story “Woman, Running Late, in a Dress.” (2009)
  • Youngest guest on the nationally syndicated, Emmy-nominated PBS book talk show “Between the Lines,” which has also featured authors Mario Puzo, Sidney Sheldon, and Ray Bradbury. (2006)

Volunteer & Teaching Awards:

  • Excellence in Teaching Award from Purdue University. (2011)
  • “Q” Award for Teaching from Purdue University: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011.
  • Next Generation Leadership Award Honoree from the Ventura County Community Foundation. (2011)
  • Honored as one of five national “Best of You” award winners by Glamour Magazine and Sally Hansen for leadership and service endeavors. (2010)
  • Recipient of the Entrepreneurial Values Award and Top Ten Business Plan Award from the University of Southern California Greif School of Entrepreneurship. (2009)
  • University of Southern California Associates Trustee Scholar. (2009)
  • National Finalist for the Marshall Fellowship and the Mitchell Fellowship. (2008)
  • One of five national Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars for community service and academic excellence. (2008)
  • One of twelve seniors at the University of Southern California selected for “Order of the Torch,” an academic, leadership and service group. (2008)
  • One of seven national Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Scholars for academic and journalistic excellence. (2007)
  • Dean’s Prize recipient, University of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. (2007)
  • Honored by the American Red Cross of Ventura County as the “Young Woman of the Year” for literacy and humanitarian work. (2006)
 

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