Publications & Prizes
In 1982 Sandra won an Honorable Mention in the Onslow County Arts Council Contest for her poem, "Rehearsal," and in 1983 she won Third Place for her poem, "To My Daughter." In 1990 she won First Place in the Coastal Carolina Writers Contest (judged by Ellen Johnston-Hale) for her poem, "Wolf." That year she also won Second Place in the West Virginia Poetry Society's Beaulah Tubbs Dungey Memorial Award for "A Patchwork Heritage," and Second Place in the Limerick Award Contest for "Since Our Children Moved Out of the Nest." In 1991 she won First Honorable Mention in the West Virginia Poetry Society Limerick Award for "Ben Burns." In 1994 she won Second Place in the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs' Mack Poets Awards for "Couch Potato, Couch Potato." In 1997 she won Second Honorable Mention in the Indiana Fall Poets Rendezvous Contest, Limerick Award, for "Ben Burns," and Third Honorable Mention in the Marvin Walling Memorial Award for "The Dream."
In 2005 she won Second Honorable Mention in the West Virginia Poetry Society's Joycelyn Smith Award for "Crossword Two Hundred Ninety-Three," and a citation for "In Daddy's Garden" in the Florida Writers' Contest. In 2006 she won First Place in the literary/poetry division of the Onslow Senior Games for "Overboard," and that same year she won two Honorable Mentions in the Carteret Writers Awards for Poetry for "Dancing" and "Overboard." In 2007 she won First Place in the literary/poetry division of The Onslow Senior Games for "Dancing." In 2008 she won Second Honorable Mention, Celebrations Award, West Virginia Poetry Society for "Mother's Ring." She won First Place in the Fields of Earth Poetry Competition sponsored by Writers' Ink Guild, Fayetteville, NC in the religious/inspirational category for "The Night I Drive the Blues Out; First Place in the love Category for "Plans"; and Honorable Mention in the nature category for "In Daddy's Garden." In 2009 she won Second Place in The Lyricist Statewide Competition, Campbell University, for her poem, "Reminder." In 2009 she won Honorable Mention in the Heart Poetry Award Contest for her poem, "Unclaimed," and in 2011 an
Honorable Mention in the same contest for "To An Expat." She also won Second Place for her poem, "Chair," in the Silverarts Competition,Onslow Senior Games. In 2010 she won First Honorable Mention in the Poetry Society of Tennessee's "homeless" category, for "The Corner of Marine and Lejeune Boulevard."
In 2012 Sandra had 3 winning poems in the Fields of Earth Poetry Contest. "The Thread" won Third Place in the love category; "Sanctuary in the Park" won an Honorable Mention in the religious/inspirational category, and "Gone" received an Honorable Mention in the "open" category. She also won Third Place in the literary/poetry division of the 2012 Onslow Senior Games for her poem, "Finding Yesterday," and Third Place in the literary/life experiences division for her story, "My Santa Claus Memories." In addition, Sandra won First Place for her visual-mixed media art work, titled, "True Art," which included her poem, "True Art."
She won Honorable Mention for her poem, "Mother's Ring," in the Nostalgia Press 2013 HeartPoetryAward poetry competition. Her poem was published in HEART #9, July 2013.
Sandra was awarded an Honorable Mention from a juror for her poem, "The Key," in the 2013 Pamlico Writers Competition.
Her poem, "Wolf," was printed on a special bookmark by Onslow County Public Library, which celebrated National Poetry Month by having a poetry contest with the theme of Onslow County history.
Sandra won Third Place in the literary/poetry division of the 2013 Onslow Senior Games for her poem, "Surrendered," and First Place for her visual-mixed media art work, titled, "Stepping Stones," which included her poem,