awards & service


Andes Mountains, Colombia


  • Secretary, Loft Literary Center, 2017-present
  • Judge, 2018 Minnesota Book Awards
  • Board of Directors, Loft Literary Center, 2016-present
  • Member, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 2016-present
  • Member, Professional Editors Network, 2017-present
  • 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 2018, 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.