awards and recognition

De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum,” first published in Grain in 1993, was shortlisted for a Canadian National Magazine Award for Fiction.


“Young Love in the Brayburn Road,” first published in Grain in 1996, was given honourable mention in that literary magazine’s Postcard Story Competition.


Ceann Dubh Dilis,” first published in Pottersfield Portfolio in 1998, placed first in that literary magazine’s Compact Fiction Competition.


“The Mars Hotel,” first published in the Scottish literary anthology Story.Book in 2011 as a Spilling Ink Review competition-winning story, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (U.K.) in the flash fiction category in 2010.


“This Long Outing,” in an earlier version, was shortlisted in 2011 in the Glasgow-based Unbound Press Short Story Competition.


“Cake, Bang and Elm,” first published in the Irish literary anthology Gem Street 2012, placed third in the Leonard A. Koval International Fiction Competition for 2012 and has also been nominated in the U.S.A. for a Pushcart Prize.


“But No, Nothing,” first published in the Irish anthology Gem Street 2014, received an Excellence in Contemporary Narrative Award in the Leonard A. Koval International Fiction Competition for the year 2014.


“We Strive to Dismiss their Prejudices with Humour (A Lamentation in 7/4 Time)” was shortlisted for the Federation of British Columbia Writers “Word Writes” Poetry Competition in 2018.


“Dream, Interrupted” was longlisted for Fish Publishing’s 2018 Fish Poetry Prize.  Fish Publishing administers the competition from Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.