Awards

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2020

Malibu Burning named Winner 2020 Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY) – Silver Medalist in Creative Nonfiction

Malibu Burning named Winner 2020 Readers’ Favorite – Silver Medalist in Nonfiction Drama

Malibu Burning named a Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year Awards

Malibu Burning named a Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards


2019

Malibu Burning named Best Historical Nonfiction by “Best of LA.”

The Jewish Journal places Malibu Burning on its “End of 2019” top fifteen list.


2018

His story, “Adjustment,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Reconnected won the Audience Award for Best Film at the New Hope Film Festival.
Reconnected was accepted at the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival as well as HollyShorts, both Oscar qualifying festivals.
Reconnected received nominations from the Madrid International Film Festival for Best Lead Actor (Robert), Best Lead Actress (Barbara Bain), and Best Director (SJ Main).
The film he co-wrote and starred in, Reconnected, was selected as a finalist at the 48th annual USA Film Festival.
L.A.’s longest running spoken words series, the New Short Fiction Series, selected four of his short stories to be presented and read by professional actors.
Admitted to the Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop

2017

His story, “Follicular Rivalry,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
The panel he created and chaired, Emerging from the Slush: How to Get Your Short Story Published, was presented at AWP.
Admitted to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
The writers group he founded, the Malibu Writers Circle, was selected as a presenter for Lit Crawl L.A.

2016

His story, “A Dish Best Served Warm,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
His story, “Re: Connected,” was acquired and began filming in December.
Winner of the upstreet short fiction scholarship at the 2016 VCFA Postgraduate Writers’ Conference.
His play, “Putin and the Snowman,” opened Off-Broadway in July.
His story, “G.O.D. Live in Concert,” was reviewed by the Emerging Writers Network, where he was named a writer “to keep an eye out for.”
His story, “You Shouldn’t Be There,” was a finalist for the Writers@Work Fellowship.
Admitted to the Tin House Writers’ Workshop.