More Sandy Shorts front cover

'More Sandy Shorts,' the second in series of short story collections by Nancy Powichroski Sherman, recently won a first-place award.

Two books published by Lewes-based Cat & Mouse Press have won awards from National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).

“More Sandy Shorts,” a collection of beach reads by Nancy Powichroski Sherman, won first place for short story collection by a single author. “Beach Pulp,” a collection of stories reminiscent of the old pulp-fiction magazines, won second place for collection of short stories by multiple authors and an honorable mention for book design.

NFPW promotes professionalism and ethical activities in journalism and communications. Their annual contest recognizes achievement in communications. Entries must have previously won first-place awards on a state level. Both books had qualified by winning first-place awards from Delaware Press Association (DPA).

“I am excited and honored to have received this national first-place award from NFPW for my second collection of short beach-set stories, ‘More Sandy Shorts,’” said author Nancy Powichroski Sherman, “especially having received that same honor for the previous collection that was simply titled, ‘Sandy Shorts.’ With so many talented writers who participate in the contests run by DPA and NFPW, I feel deeply honored that my stories were chosen.”

Beach Pulp cover

'Beach Pulp,' a collection of short stories, recently won awards for both its content and its design.

“Beach Pulp” was recognized for both its content and its design, which featured a retro, “Amazing Stories”-style cover, with images by Pennsylvania artist Joe Palumbo. The stories are all set in Delmarva beach towns and include tales of giant crabs, hard-boiled detectives and “Twilight Zone” kinds of stories.

“The book is great fun,” said Sakaduski. “I’m delighted that both DPA and NFPW appreciated and awarded the book’s creativity.”

Both books are available through local bookstores and retailers. Go to for more information.