• Finalist: Southeast Missouri State University’s 2018 Nilsen Prize (Mistakes by the Lake [Collection])
  • Honorable Mention: Glimmer Train‘s Family Matters Contest (“Dispossessed”)
  • Shortlisted: The Novella Award (2015), a collaboration between Liverpool John Moores University, Sandstone Press, Time to Read, and NAWE (Mistakes by the Lake)


  • “The stories [in Mistakes by the Lake] offer a glimpse of lives that we didn’t notice, or that we saw but chose to look away from…. [Petkash’s] compassion comes through in his sparkling prose and riveting imagery. You know that for once these people are seen.” —Jen McConnell, The Main Street Rag
  • As a finalist for The Novella Award, Mistakes by the Lake garnered this review from Vulpes Libris.


  • Beyond the Lake Prize: An interview with Midwestern Gothic.