Awards & Honors

​2021 New American Fiction Prize for The Ghosts of Other Immigrants: Stories

Finalist, 2021 Willow Springs Spokane Prize, for short story collection

Honorable Mention, 2021 Cincinnati Review Robert and Adele Schiff Award. Judge: Michael Griffith

Semifinalist, 2021 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize, for short story collection
Winner, The Iowa Review Award in Fiction, 2020. Judge: Lan Samantha Chang

Top-10 Finalist, Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, 2020. Judge: Lori Ostlund

Pushcart Nomination for "Country Fiction" from Porter House Review, 2019

Nadia Christensen Prize in Translation, American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2017

Editor’s Choice Award, Best New Writing, 2014

University of Cambridge Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, 2012

Finalist, Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers, 2011

Residency Fellowships

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency

Art Omi: Writers 

Key West Literary Seminar 

​Mary Sky Residency

Kone Foundation’s Saari Fellowship

The Studios of Key West


Maija Mäkinen is a Finnish-born writer and translator. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Boston University.