Nikki Loftin

Awards and Publications


My Middle Grade debut novel, THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY, pitched as Coraline meets Hansel and Gretel, about a young girl whose seemingly delightful new school hides frightening secrets, was sold to Laura Arnold at Razorbill, in a two-book deal, for publication on August 21, 2012.

NIGHTINGALE’S NEST, a re-imagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale The Nightingale about how the power of love, friendship, and music can work a special magic, was published on February 20, 2014, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and the Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books.

WISH GIRL, a story about a dying girl who gives a boy the strength to live, will be published on February 24, 2015.

Dear Teen Me (Zest Books, November 2012); anthology. Advice from over 70 YA authors to their teen selves. A Junior Library Guild selection!



News! The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy has been selected for the Oklahoma Library Association’s 2015 Children’s Sequoyah List.

Writer’s League of Texas 2013 Book Award for MG/YA fiction — Winner, The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy.

Backspace Agent-Author Scholarship Contest 2009 — Winner, Escape From Comportment Camp (Middle Grade Novel)

Writer’s League Of Texas Manuscript Contest 2009 — Winner, Raymond Mahaney, Soccer Failure (Middle Grade Novel)

John Graves Writing Competition 1998 –Winner, “Blanco River Scenes” (Creative Nonfiction)

Abilene Writer’s League Contest 2010 –Second Place, “Facing the Panthers” (Children’s Short Story)

Houston Writer’s Guild Contest 2010 — Third Place, Gingerbread (Middle Grade Novel)

Houston Writer’s Guild Essay Contest 2009 — Third Place, “Homemade Doughnuts”


Hunger Mountain, December 2012 — “Good and Gruesome.” (essay/article)

Texas Poetry Calendar, January 2013 — “White Rabbit Summer” (poem)

Pockets, June 2012 — “The Yes Mom” (short story)

Bylines, 2012 — writer’s desk calendar (essay)

Mutabilis Anthology, December 2011 – “Wallflower” (poem)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love, November 2011 — “Excellent Stock” (essay & recipe)

Pockets, August 2011 — “The Class Oatmeal” (short story)

Flash Fiction Online, June 2011 — “Change” (flash fiction)

echook (electronic chapbook anthology), April 2011 — “Casserole Confession” (essay)

Literature For Kids, Spring 2011 — “Brown Bear Regatta” and “The Bluest Crab” (short stories)

Boy’s Life Magazine, October 2010 — “Facing the Panthers” (short story)

The Secret Place, Fall 2010 — “Rolling Stop” (devotional)

ParentWise:Austin magazine, May 2010 — “Scraps of Time” and “Casserole Confession” (essays)

Sasee magazine, April 2010 — “Excellent Stock” (essay)

The First Line, April 2010 — “Pastor’s Discretionary Fund” (short story)

The Ultimate Christian Living, March 2010 — “Words in a Pantry” (essay)

Front Range Review, March 2010“Burn Barrels” (poem)

Presbyterians Today, December 2009 — “Serving the Old People” (essay)

Divine Dirt Quarterly, December 2009 — “Persephone’s Day” (poem)

Puppet Plays for Libraries anthology, October 2010 — “The Imaginary Egg Hunt,” “Readin’ on the Range” and “A December Emergency” (puppet plays)

skirt! magazine, October 2009 — “Coming Out of the Craft Closet” (essay)

A Cup of Comfort For Mothers, March 2010 — “The Best Days of Our Lives” (essay)

Texas Co-op Power Magazine, October 2009 — “The Hole Story” (essay)

ParentWise:Austin Magazine, June 2009 — “A Well-Dressed Dad” (essay)

ParentWise:Austin Magazine, May 2009 — “Enough Mom in my World” (essay)

ParentWise:Austin Magazine, March 2009 — “Because I Love You” (essay)

Lutheran Partners Magazine, March/April 2009 — “Words in a Pantry” (essay)

JewelryCrafts Magazine: multiple cover/feature stories and articles, 1996- 1998

Nomad: The Brat Journal Magazine, 1996 — “how-to” jewelry design article