The Vancouver Sun’s Year’s 20 Top Books:Where the Nights are Twice as Long, David Eso and Jeanette Lynes, editors, Goose Lane Rich in loss and endings (longevity too), the love letters of poets are erotic, sometimes erratic, proclamations in the name of love.

Nominated for a 2015 Lambda:  Outer Voices, Inner Lives, a collection of LGBTQ writers over 50, ed Mark McNease and Stephen Dolainski (my contribution: the short story “Just Be Glad You Have Heels”)


Weekend: Relit longlist 2018

Hunger: The Ferro-Grumley Awards shortlist; Lambda Literary Awards longlist

Body Rain: Pat Lowther Award shortlist

July Nights: VanCity Award shortlist; BC Book Prize shortlist

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Going Santa Fe: 1997 Canadian Poetry Chapbook Award

Mondays are Yellow, Sundays are Grey: MIND Book Award finalist; VanCity book award shortlist; Mind Book Prize shortlist

Jessica’s Elevator: BC School Library Purchase Plan



The Pride, Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest, 2nd prize

Abbad, the Duck, Mogford Food and Drink short story contest longlist


The Gravity of Rocks, Prism International longlist, 2018


I’ve Got God On Speed Dial, CBC short story contest, 2017


Battery,CBC Canada Writes cnf long list, 2015

Battery, Lit Pop, 2015, winner, judge: George Saunders

The River of Running Sand, Bristol Short Story Prize, 2015, short list

The Night SS Sloan Undid His Shirt, Exile Carter V Cooper Award, short list

The Storm Chasers, H E Francis Award, 2015, long list

The River of Running Sand, CBC Literary Awards, 2015, long list


The Ninth Foot, Summer Literary Seminar, Russia, 2014, finalist

The Ninth Foot, Prism International short fiction contest short list, 2014

Smiley, CBC Literary Award, fiction, first prize winner, 2014


Wart’s Ugly, Carve Magazine finalist, 2004

Social Discourse: 1944, Pushcart Prize nomination, 2004

The Lost Boy, CBC Literary Awards, first prize, fiction, 2003

Many People Have Been Gored, Room of One’s Own story contest finalist, 2003

Sperm King, Prism International first prize, 2003

Do You Want Whiskey? Canadian Authors Association contest short list, 2003

Easter, Fish story contest finalist, 2002

Half Waikiki, CBC/En Route contest finalist, 2002

Travel Tips for Girls, Prism International, third prize, 2001

Wax Brains, The New Quarterly, honourable mention, 2001

A Drosophila’s Wings, Real Writers (UK), shortlisted, 2000

Summer Literary Seminar, Russia, 2000, finalist

Summer Literary Seminar, Russia, 2000, finalist

Fat Ankles, Fish Short Story Prize, shortlisted, 1999-2000

Tightrope, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society contest, finalist, 2000

Anemones, Exotic Erotic Writing Contest runner-up, 1999

Just Be Glad You Have Heels, Stand (UK) fifth place, 1999

Tightrope, Serpentine, Honorable Mention, 1999

Fat Ankles, CBC Literary Awards finalist, 1999

Faulkner Award semi-finalist, 1999

Cretins, H. E. Francis Award finalist, 1999

Canadian Literary Awards short-listed, 1998

Winter, sub-Terrain runner-up, 1998

Graduation, Journey Prize contributor, 1998

Wax Brains, Fish finalist 1998

Territory, This Magazine first prize winner, 1998

How to Have Heart Disease (Without Really Trying), Best American Short Stories Distinguished Story, 1997

Goombay Smash, Prism short fiction first prize winner, 1998

DNA, Thistledown young adult story contest Finalist 1995

How to Have Heart Disease (Without Really Trying), Prism short fiction winner, 1995

Hunger, Paragraph erotic short fiction First 1995

frequent CBC Literary Competition Finalist through the years

Prism short fiction Honourable Mention 1994

Accusation, Prism short fiction winner 1993

Easter, Federation of BC Writers short fiction First 1992

Prism, short fiction finalist, 1991

Grain short-short Finalist 1990

Death in One Another’s Arms, Yellow Silk Best Story of the Year 1988

Death in One Another’s Arms, Pushcart Prize Honourable Mention 1988


poem, Game Show, Best Canadian Poetry, 2020

poem, I Am a Scar, Falling, CBC Poetry Prize longlist 2018

poem, Wish You Were Here, Best Canadian Poetry 2016

poem, The Small White Heel, Arc Poem of the Year shortlist

poem, Lesbian Sex, The Montreal Prize longlist

Survivor, finalist ARC contest, 2002

Mr and Mrs Mouse, Summer Literary Seminars, Russia, third prize 2000

Vermilion, Outlaw Editions Chapbook Competition, finalist, 1999

Delor Street, New Letters (University of Missouri) fourth place, 1999

Crescendo, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, semi-finalist, 1999

This New Country, Atlanta Review Int’l Merit Award Winner, 1999

Stand honorable mention, 1998

luby’s cafeteria, killeen, texas, Stand, 5th. Prize, 1998

League of Canadian Poets Finalist 1997

Tilden Canadian Literary Awards, Finalist, 1996

Stephen Leacock Poetry Competition, Certificate of Merit, 1995-96

Special Needs, Prairie Fire long poem Honourable Mention 1994

League of Canadian Poets Finalist 1991

Elemental, Absolut Vodka finalist 1991



The Dead Green Man, Notable, Best American Essays 2021

Splinter, second place, cnf contest The Malahat Review

The Dead Green Man, Event, winner, Non Fiction Contest, 2020

Event announcement

The Nothing Between Your Legs, from Autostraddle, Notable Essay, Best American Essays, 2019, ed Rebecca Solnit

Skinning the Rabbit, from The Sun, Notable Essay, Best American Essays, 2018, ed Hilton Als

Never Say I Didn’t Bring You Flowers, from Full Grown People, Notable Essay, Best American Essays, 2016, ed Jonathan Franzen

Waiting for Dierdre, finalist, CBC Canadian Literary Awards 2004

Being Jane Hamilton, Grain, co-winner Long Grain of Truth, 2002

Being Jane Hamilton, Missouri Review Editors’ Awards runner-up, 2002

Being Jane Hamilton, Prism Maclean Hunter contest shortlist, 2002

Permanent Wave, Prism Maclean Hunter contest shortlist, 2002

On the Piano, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner contest, finalist, 2001

21 Questions, Creative Non-Fiction Walter V Shipley contest, 2001

Girls Like Me (Or Not), Creative Non-Fiction Walter V Shipley contest, 2001

Permanent Wave, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award finalist, 1998

Permanent Wave, Belle Lettres, Essay First, 1996

Tilden Canadian Literary Awards, Finalist, 1996

Federation of BC Writers Finalist (humour) 1995

Walking on the Ancestors, Event First 1995

Tilden Finalist 1995

CBC Literary Competition Finalist 1989


“Piñata,” poem, Poetry in Transit, BC public transit, 1997

“Tulips,” story, Bravo! TV, produced for broadcast in 1996

“Graduation,” story, shortlisted, Journey Prize.

“Goombay Smash,” story, Best Canadian Short Stories

“Territory,” story, shortlisted, Journey Prize

Canadian Who’s Who

How to Have Heart Disease (Without Really Trying),” story, distinguished, Best American Short Stories, 1997

Death in One Another’s Arms,” story, cited, Pushcart Prize, 1989