The poem, “Poetry Makes Nothing Happen, or So It’s Said”, was awarded second prize in the Royal City Literary Arts Society’s 2021 Write On! Writing Competition in the poetry category.
The story “Unilateral Declaration” was selected as one of six finalists in the Flash Fiction Competition that is held in conjunction with the Bray Literary Festival in September 2020. The Bray Literary Festival is an annual literary event held in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Éire.
The poem “A Family Gathers” was given an honourable mention in the Royal City Literary Arts Society’s WriteOn! Competition in May 2019. RCLAS is based in New Westminster, British Columbia.
The poem “Dream, Interrupted” was longlisted for Fish Publishing’s 2018 Fish Poetry Prize. Fish Publishing administers its poetry competition from Bantry, Co. Cork, Éire.
The poem “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.
The short story “But No, Nothing”, first published in the Irish anthology Gem Street 2014, received an Excellence in Contemporary Narrative Award in the Éire-based Leonard A. Koval International Fiction Competition for the year 2014.
The short story “Cake, Bang and Elm”, first published in the Irish literary anthology Gem Street 2012, placed third in the Éire-based Leonard A. Koval International Fiction Competition for 2012 and has also been nominated in the U.S.A. for a Pushcart Prize.
The short story “This Long Outing”, in an earlier version, was shortlisted in 2011 in the Glasgow-based Unbound Press Short Story Competition.
The flash fiction piece “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.
The short story “Ceann Dubh Dilis”, first published in Pottersfield Portfolio in 1998, placed first in that Canadian literary magazine’s Compact Fiction Competition that year.
The short story “Young Love in the Brayburn Road”, first published in Grain in 1996, was given honourable mention in that Canadian literary magazine’s Postcard Story Competition that year.
The short story “De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum”, first published in Grain in 1993, was shortlisted for a Canadian National Magazine Award for Fiction that year.