• Finalist in North American Review's competition for a literary-noir novel with The Miser's Dream, 2016

  • Finalist in both the [email protected] Fellowship competition and New Guard's fiction contest for an excerpt from my latest novel, Invitation from a Firebrand, 2016

  • Winner of The Winter Anthology contest ($1000)
    for my story, “A Solution to the Barber Paradox,” 2014

  • Winner of the James Jones First Novel Fellowship ($10,000) for my novel, To Zenzi, 2011

  • Recipient of Research Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society for non-fiction book on war, 2005

  • Finalist in Middlebury College’s Breadloaf Writer’s Conference competition for a short story collection, 1998, 1999.

  • Award in Fiction from the Seattle Arts Commission ($3000), 1994

  • Individual Artist award ($2000) from the King County (Wash. State) Arts Commission in the fiction/prose category, 1992

  • Award from the Seattle Arts Commission ($2000) in the prose/fiction category, June 1990.