"Grandpa Hoeler and the Race Riots" won first place in the 2016 National League of Pen Women contest for non-fiction.
"The Gatekeeper" was voted one of the best plays in the 25-year history of the Fringe of Marin. (Gala, April 2, 2016)
Honorable Mention: 2015 Northern California Publishers and Authors (NCPA) annual publishing awards for book cover & design for Confetti - A Collection of Cozy Crimes.
Honorable mention—fifth place: 2015 Coveted Dead Bird Award Contest for "Death at the Drive-In Diner Dance."
Winner: 2013 Mill Valley Lit ezine summer contest for "Murder Interrupted Me."
Honorable Mention: 2013 CWC writers' contest, Write Across the Golden Gate, for "Passages."
Winner: 2012 Fringe of Marin playwright contest Critic & Audience awards (best play, director, actor, and actress) for "The Gatekeeper."
Winner: 2011 Kings River Life's Zine Easter Edition for "Detective Peter Cotton's Tale."
Nomination: 2011 Pushcart Award for "Pa and the Pigeon Man," Mystery Montage short-story collection.
Finalist: 2011 Anthony Award for "Homeless," Mystery Montage short-story collection.
Finalist: 2011 Derringer Award for "Homeless," Mystery Montage short-story collection.
Honorable Mention: 2010 Spinetingler Magazine's online contest for "Fish Story."
Second Place: 2009 Words For Dollars online publication contest for "Grandpa Hoeler and the Race Riots."
Third Place: 2009 Deadly Ink Press Anthology contest for "Under the Boardwalk."
Third Place: 2008 Deadly Ink Press Short Story Collection, for "In the Rough."