Sion reading at Shakespeare & Co, Paris (Photo credit: Calvin Chan)

“Sion was the voice actor in one of our lead roles for a virtual simulation project. She was prepared, professional and easy to direct during the session. She understood the character and role, reading with lots of energy and enthusiasm. She was very friendly, and a great communicator. Sion was fun to work with and I thoroughly enjoyed directing her. I highly recommend working with her!”

– Leanne Glasser, Senior Instructional Designer at Ascend Learning


“Sion doesn’t see challenges, she sees pathways, and doesn’t give up until the destination is reached. Great listener, kind, funny. A pleasure to work with!” 

Michelle J. Gilliam, Owner & Artistic Director, Improv MKE


“Sion Dayson is a wonderfully talented, hard working, professional voice talent. Do yourself a favor and HIRE this girl!”

– Kelly McGee, voice actor & coach



As a River shortlisted, 2021 Crook’s Corner Book Prize

As a River named a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee in the Debut Fiction category

As a River named a 2019 Foreword INDIES Book Award Finalist

Honorary Writer-in-Residence, The Mount, Edith Wharton’s house, April 2016

Stone Court Writer-in-Residence, February-May 2016

Writer-in-Residence, Kerouac House, December 2013-February 2014

Short List for Finalists, William Faulkner Wisdom Competition, Novel Category, 2012

Semifinalist, James Jones First Novel Contest, 2012

Featured Panelist, Paris Writers’ Workshop, June 2012

Semifinalist, William Faulkner Wisdom Competition, Novel-in-Progress Category, 2011

Selected by easyJet Holidays as an “Ultimate Paris Travel Blogger,” 2011

Shortlisted, Paris Short Story Contest, 2011

Winner, 30-Word Story Contest, Smokelong Quarterly, 2010

Grant Winner, Fiction, Barbara Deming Award, 2007

Finalist, Ultra-Short Fiction Competition, The Binnacle, University of Maine, Machias, 2007

Honorable Mention, Fiction, UNO Writing Contest, 2005

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