Andes Mountains, Colombia

Mentee, Pitch Wars, 2017

Residency, New York Mills Cultural Center, 2017 

Grantee, Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2016

Finalist, Loft Literary Center Emerging Writer Grant, 2015

Grantee, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, 2014

Winner, St. Catherine University's Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing, 2013

Finalist, Bakeless Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction, 2012

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2011, Hippocampus Magazine

Honorable Mention, Hippocampus Magazine's 2011 Remember in November Contest

Grantee, 2011 Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board

Winner, (judged by JC Hallman and Judith Kitchen) Loft Literary Center - Mentor Series 2009-2010

Winner, Loft Literary Center - Latino Inroads 2009

Second Place, Creative Nonfiction, Talking Stick 18


Secretary, Board of Directors, Loft Literary Center, 2016-present

Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Member, Professional Editors Network

Advisory Panel for Prose, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2017 Artist Initiative Grant

Book Reviewer, Publisher's Weekly

Panelist, AWP Writer's Conference, Minneapolis, MN 2015

Facilitator, 2014 Minnesota Book Awards

Book Reviewer, Library Journal

Judge, 2013 Minnesota Book Awards

Panel Reader, Creative Nonfiction, Loft Literary Center's 2011-2012 Mentor Series

Preliminary Judge, 2011 Minnesota Book Awards

Panel Reader, Fiction, Loft Literary Center's 2010-2011 Mentor Series

Advisory Panel for Prose, Minnesota Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant 2010



Anika Fajardo was a fiscal year 2016 and 2011 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.