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2016 First Prize in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards in the Historical Fiction category for the novel When Water Was Everywhere.

2011 Grand Prize in the Outrider Press annual competition. An excerpt from the soon-to-be-published When Water Was Everywhere novel was published in the Outrider Press Anthology, A Bird in the Hand

2010 First prize in the Cecil Hackney Literary Awards national story competition, for the short story, "The Raft of the Medusa". You may read the winning story online at http://www.birminghamartsjournal.com/pdf/baj7-3.pdf

2009 Runner Up for the 6th Glass Woman Literary Prize for “The Raft of the Medusa”

2002 Silver Medal in the prestigious ForeWord Magazine annual competition for the novel, The Oldest Things in the World

1996 Award of Excellence in Writing from the Society of Technical Communication

1996 Torch Award for Outstanding Service by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development


"When Water Was Everywhere is a finely-crafted historical novel in which landscape functions not as background, but as a potent force which both shapes and is shaped by those who occupy the lands that we now know as southern California. Crane's broad canvas shows Anglos, indigenous peoples, and Spanish settlers in conflict and sometimes in concord during the era of colonization; it is a tribute to her artistry that while she does not turn away from the horrors of this era, she brings deep empathy to all her characters."
Anne Finger, author of Call Me Ahab, Winner of the Prairie Schooner Prize for Fiction

“Crane’s smoothly written prose effectively established the physical as well as emotional mood and location, engaging the reader’s attention and setting the stage for action. In every way, not only did her excerpt pass the ‘first page test’ by grabbing audience attention from the beginning, her piece sustains interest throughout via Crane’s accomplished technical skills and beautifully nuanced expressions of emotion.”
Whitney Scott, publisher and editor, Outrider Press

“Barbara approaches her research and writing with intelligence and integrity.”
George Economides, Owner and publisher, Long Beach Business Journal

“Barbara has helped our organization reach a wider audience. Her articles demonstrate that she understands and cares about our mission.”
Jerry Schubel, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific


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