Book Prizes

  • The Monkeyface Chronicles (Thistledown Press, 2010) was the WINNER of The Ontario Library Association’s 2011 White Pine Award
  • Cheeseburger Subversive (Thistledown Press, 2003) was short listed for The Canadian Library Association’s 2004 Young Adult Book of the Year Award, The Ontario Library Association’s 2005 White Pine Award, and the 2005 Stellar Book Award
  • Featherless Bipeds (Thistledown Press, 2006) was short listed for the Canadian Library Association’s 2007 Young Adult Book of the Year Award, and the 2008/2009 Stellar Book Award
  • Destiny’s Telescope was long-listed for the 2007 ReLit Award

 

Other Prizes and Awards

  • Richard’s poem “Fortune” was a finalist for the Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem.
  • His story “The Statistician” was short listed for the 2012 Exile/Vanderbilt Short Story Prize.
  • “The Third Ring” won an Honourable Mention in the Ireland-based 2011 Fish One-Page Story Prize Competition.
  • “Bankrupt”, a chapter-turned-story from the novel The Indifference League, has WON the 2009 Matrix LitPop Prize. And, interestingly, one of the other six authors chosen for the final round was a former student in one of Richard’s Creative Writing classes!
  • “The Statistician”, another chapter-turned story from The Indifference League, was awarded a Commendation by Philip O’Ceallaigh, judge for the 2009 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, which is run by the Munster Literature Center in Cork, Ireland.
  • Second Prize in the 2004 Toronto Poetry Competition, for “Secretary”. Judged by Keith Garebian. Sponsored by the Scarborough Arts Council, Lakeshore Arts, and Arts Etobicoke.
  • Third Prize for “That Scent” in the West End Writers Club 2004 “One Page” fiction contest.
  • Winner of the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Short Story Competition, 2002
  • Winner of First Prize in the New Orphic Short Story Contest, 2001, for “Sky and Earth” (Note: Other winners included W.P. Kinsella, who won Third Prize!)
  • Winner of the Scarborough Arts Council’s 2001 Poetry Competition, for “Stop”, and “High Diver” (The judge for the competition was noted poet Robert Priest)
  • Winner, Adventures With The Blues Writing Contest, 1999, for “Blues Confessions”
  • Winner of the Backwater Review‘s 1998 Hinterland Award for Prose, for “Benjamin’s Aliens”
  • Second Place, New Century Writer Awards, 1999, Short Fiction Category, for “Tristan’s Quarter” (Sponsors for this competition included Film Director Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Second place, New Century Writer Awards, 2002, Poetry Category, for “Stop”
  • Winner of the 1997 Cranberry Tree Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, for Guessing at Madeline (also listed in the Fall Top Five in The People’s Poetry Letter, 1999). The judge for this competition was noted poet Di Brandt.
  • Second Place, Twelve Lines or Less Poetry Contest (Theme: “Toronto”), The Ontario Poetry Association, Summer 2002, for “Secretary”
  • Honourable Mention, ConVersion Story Contest, ConVersion Calgary, Summer 2002, for “Electric Sins”.
  • Fifth Place, Sans Nom Poetry Month Short Poem Contest, Spring, 2002
  • “Skin”, “Benjamin’s Aliens”, “The Doppler Effect” and “Sky and Earth” were all finalists in the The New Century Writer Awards, 2002
  • Honourable Mention, “Skin”, Storyteller: Canada’s Short Story Magazine‘s Great Canadian Story Contest, Summer, 2001
  • Honourable Mention, 2000 Canadian Authors Association Winners Circle Competition, for “The History of Western Art (In Thirty Minutes, With Commercials)”
  • Second Place, 1998 Zygote “Dark of Winter” Poetry Contest, for “Invitation”
  • Honourable Mention, 1998 Canadian Writers Journal Story Contest for “Storm”
  • Honourable Mention, Genre Short Story Category, 1998 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, for “Electric Sins”
  • Honourable Mention, Playscript Category, 1998 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, for “Destiny’s Telescope”
  • Honourable Mention, 1996 Paragraph Short Fiction Contest, for “Sandcastles, Waves”