MaryAnn Diorio’s masterfully drawn characters and heartwarming stories of family, forgiveness, and faith have earned her both several awards for fiction and the deep devotion of her readers. One reader described MaryAnn’s stories as “a cup of hot cocoa for the soul.”

__Finalist in Romantic Suspense Category for Miracle in Milan in the 2022 Faith, Love, and Hope Reader’s Choice Book Awards Contest sponsored by Faith, Love, and Hope Christian Writers.

__First Place in Historical Fiction for In Black and White in the 2020 Christian Indie Book Awards Contest



A Christmas Homecoming, a novella by MaryAnn Diorio, was awarded the Silver Medial for E-Book Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest.

Illumination Awards


Sicilian Sunrise won First Place in the Inspirational Category of the Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies contest and First Place in the Inspirational Category of the Space Coast Launching a Star contest. It also placed Second in the Historical Category of the 2011 Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic Begins contest. Eventually, Sicilian Sunrise became The Madonna of Pisano, Book 1 in MaryAnn’s popular trilogy, The Italian Chronicles.


___Category Finalist in Inspirational Women’s Fiction in the East Texas Romance Writers of America (RWA) Southern Heat   Contest for Sicilian Sunrise.

___Category Finalist in General Fiction in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest for Sicilian Sunrise

___Honorable Mention for Radio Script – Take One Radio Theatre Contest (1994)

___Second Place for the Novel – St. Davids Christian Writer’s Conference Contest (1992)

___$4000 Third Prize for “From Feminism to Freedom” – AMY Foundation Writing Awards Program (1990)
___Fifth Place Award for “The Birthmark” – National Writers’ Club Short Story Contest (1990)
___Top 100 Award for “The Birthmark” – Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest (1990)

___Poetry Award – Catholic Daughters of America Poetry Contest (1960)





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