• NFWP 2020 Communications Contest Award

    National Federation of Press Women 

    NFWP 2020 Communications Contest

    First Place in Children's Books, Fiction: The Legend of the Ladybug by Maria Illich 


  • PWT 2020 Communications Contest Awards

    Press Women of Texas
    PWT 2020 Communications Contest
    First Place in Children’s Books, Fiction:
    The Legend of the Ladybug by Maria Illich
    “Sweet story and legend. Encourages (children) to learn new words and concepts.” — Contest Judges
    Second Place in Single Poem:
    “Cibolo Creek Addresses Humanity” by Maria Illich
    “Powerful, imaginative, and concrete! Powerful imagery. Very nice!” — Contest Judges


  • Editor's Choice Award

    Purifying Wind (An anthology featuring the vulture)
    Editor’s Choice Award:
    “Dark Phoenix” by Maria Illich
    “This work is tender and beautiful. I sobbed in the reading of it.” — Editor D. Ellis Phelps


  • Houston Poetry Fest

    Maria Illich is selected as a juried poet for the 2018 Houston Poetry Fest. She has also been selected multiple times in the past (2014, 2012, 2011, 1990).


  • Silver Falchion Award Nomination

    Maria Illich’s The Morcant Twins & the Curse of the Griseum is nominated for a 2014 Silver Falchion Award.


  • CYBILS Award Nomination

    Maria Illich’s The Morcant Twins & the Curse of the Griseum is nominated for a 2014 CYBILS Award.



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