How Not to Drown won the International Book Award and the NYC Big Book Award in General Fiction.

How Not to Drown will be released simultaneously as an audiobook, through Dreamscape Media, May 11, 2021.

Bookspan Book Clubs have selected How Not to Drown for their members, May 2021.


2020: “Turtles” Finalist for the 50th New Millennium Award for Flash Fiction.


2019: Interviewed on the Journey of an Aesthete Podcast Series, which focuses on creative contributions by significant contemporary Artists and Writers.

2019: Awarded the 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

2019: Vanishing Acts is a Finalist for the 2019 International Book Award in Literary Fiction.

2019: Vanishing Acts selected as a Finalist for the 2018 Foreword Indies Book of the Year.

2019: Vanishing Acts is a Finalist for the 2019 International Book Award in Literary Fiction.


2018: Vanishing Acts wins a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fall 2018 - Best Family Saga.

2018: Vanishing Acts finalist for the 2018 American Fiction Prize in Family Saga, and the National Indie Excellence Award in Literary Fiction.

2018: Wild Things winner of the 2018 International Book Award in Fiction: Short Stories.


2017: Wild Things winner of the 2017 CNY Book Award in Fiction.

2017: Wild Things finalist for the 2017 AmericanBookFest Best Books of 2017 Award.

2017: Wild Things selected, along with books by Margaret Atwood, Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard, for this list of critical environmental eco-fiction and nonfiction books to read about Climate Change! https://therumpus.net/2017/06/what-to-read-when-the-president-decides-its-time-to-exit-paris/

2017: Wild Things Longlisted for the Chautauqua Prize.


2016: “Things Blow Up” (story) Finalist for Gertrude Stein Fiction Prize.

2016: Vanishing Acts (novel manuscript) Semi-Finalist Big Moose Prize, Black Lawrence Press.


2015: “Fin” (story) Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge on exhibition at the Minnesota

Marine Art Museum – August 14-October 9. www.mmam.org

2015: “Migrants” (story) Finalist for Iron Horse Literary Review – Trifecta.

2015: “Things Blow Up” (story) Previous winner of the Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize, selected as Finalist for the Sequestrum 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award.

2015: “Volcano” (story) Third Place in Embers and Flames: Outrider Press, Anthology.

2015: “Wild Things” (story) Selected as Featured Story in Solstice Literary Journal’s Summer Awards issue.


2014: “The Hoodie’s Tale” (story) Finalist, Glimmer Train – Very Short Fiction Award.

2014: “Suicide Birds” (story) Finalist/Honorable Mention – Gabehart Prize.

PAST YEARS 2009 - 2013

2013: Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Binghamton University.

2012: “Things Blow Up” (story) wins the 2012 Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize; publication in Hawai’i Review.

2012: Interview for Ka Leo, University of Hawai’i. (“Things Blow Up”)

2012: “You Will Remember This” (story) awarded second place in national competition through Outrider Press. Published in Deep Waters anthology.

2011: “We Are All In Pieces” (story) awarded Pushcart Prize XXXV Special Mention in the 2011 Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses, Anthology.

2011: Finalist for the Julia Peterkin Fiction Prize – national competition.

2010: Shark Girls Finalist, USA Book News Best Books of 2010 Awards.

Shark Girls nominated for the ALA (American Library Association) Notable Books for Adults List, 2010.

Shark Girls is a Finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, 2009.

Shark Girls nominated for the Indie Next List, in Indiebound—inspired recommendations from Indie Booksellers.

Forthcoming Publication: the story “You Will Remember This” in Drunken Boat, vol 12.

Published excerpt from Shark Girls: Knee-Jerk Magazine, Issue #5, November, 2009.

Interview on NPR affiliate, WSKG, “Off The Page,” April 13--podcast

Bookslut Review of Shark Girls: January 2010

ForeWord Reviews (Interview)

Feminist Review, Jan. 26, 2010

Prosody Radio Interview, Jan. 2, 2010 (prosody091229.mp3 (MP3 Audio File, 26.9 MB)

Punahou Bulletin, spring: Puns in Print (Review)

Portland Press Herald, Review, April 18, 2010.


Jaimee Wriston Colbert wins the 2008 Jane's Stories Short Story Award, for her story "The Man Who Jumped."

Jaimee Wriston Colbert wins the 2009 Editors' Prize in Fiction, at Isotope, A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, for her story "We Are All In Pieces."

Jaimee Wriston Colbert was invited to be part of the Core Faculty at Pacific University's Low-Residency MFA Program (ranked as one of the top five in the country) for the Spring Residency, June 2009. http://www.pacificu.edu/as/mfa/faculty/

March 2009: Interview for the Joe Weil Morning Poem Show, Facebook.

March 2009: Interview for Binghamton University TV (BTV).

July 2009: Interview for Internet Publication ("Knee-Jerk").

Jaimee Wriston Colbert

Jaimee accepting for Wild Things winner of the 2017 CNY Book Award in Fiction.