Awards & Honours

2017
  • 1st Place Tanka - The British Haiku Society Awards 2016 (Tanka Section)
  • Runner-up Tanka - The British Haiku Society Awards 2016 (Tanka Section)
  • Haiga - Resident Artist for Hedgerow Poems (January, February, May, June)
  • Haiga - World Haiku Association's Monthly Haiga Contest (January, February, March, May, June, July)
  • Haiga - The Haiku Foundation Haiga Galleries
  • Haiga - The Haiku Foundation HaikuLife Film Festival, The Poetry of Birds
  • A Year Unfolding - haiku chapbook released by Folded Word, January 27
  • A Year Unfolding - Amazon No. 1 New Release in Haiku and Japanese Poetry
  • 1st Place Haiku - The Haiku Calendar Competition 2017, Snapshot Press Calendar "May" 2018
  • 2nd Place Haiku - Seven Hills Review Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contest
  • 3rd Place Haiku - Seven Hills Review Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contest
  • Zatsuei Haiku of Merit - World Haiku Review, Vanguard Category, January
  • Editor's Choice Haiku - cattails, April
  • Special Mention Haiku - The British Haiku Society Awards 2016 (Haiku Section)
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - ukiaHaiku Festival 15th Annual Jane Reichhold Int'l Prize
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition
  • Two Selected Haiku - 9th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
  • Finalist - Matrix Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, Haiku Contest
  • Judge - Mandy's Pages Annual Tanka Contest

2016
  • 1st Place Tanka (tie) - San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu & Tanka
  • 1st Place Tanka - United Haiku and Tanka Society Fleeting Words Tanka Competition
  • 1st Place Tanka - Mandy's Pages Annual Tanka Contest
  • Certificate of Merit Tanka (Joint 1st) - Japan Poets' Society, 8th Int. Tanka Festival Comp.
  • Editor's Choice Tanka - cattails, January
  • Warp and Weft, Tanka Threads - March bestseller at McNally Robinson Booksellers
  • Grand Prize Haiku - World Haiku Contest, Lyrical Passion Poetry
  • 2nd Place Haiku - Bulgarian Haiku Union, 2nd Int. Haiku Contest, "Cherry Blossom"
  • 2nd Place Haiku - Craigleigh Poetry Contest
  • 2nd Publisher's Choice Award Haibun - KYSO Flash HTP Writing Challenge
  • 3rd Place Haiku - World Haiku Review, Shintai Haiku Category, January
  • Museum of Haiku Literature Award - Blithe Spirit, Volume 25, Number 4
  • Featured Haiku Poet, March - Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Featured Tanka Poet, April - Portage and Slain, interview with Catherine Macdonald
  • Two Hon. Mention Haiga - Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition
  • Haiga - World Haiku Association's Monthly Haiga Contest (January, February, March, April, May, July, October, November, December)
  • Haiga - Resident Artist for Hedgerow Poems (March, April, May, June, July, November)
  • Haiga - Yule Gallery, Haigaonline
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - 2015-2016 Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award, North Carolina Poetry Society
  • Zatsuei Haiku of Merit - World Haiku Review, Neo-Classical Haiku Category, January
  • Zatsuei Haiku of Merit - World Haiku Review, Vanguard Category, June
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - World Haiku Review, Vanguard Category, June
  • Two Hon. Mention Haiku - World Haiku Review, Shintai Category, June
  • Editors' Choices Haiku - The Heron's Nest, Volume 18, Number 2, June
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - European Haiku Prize
  • 1st Hon. Mention Haiku - Craigleigh Press Poetry Contest
  • Judge's Choice Haiku - Craigleigh Press Poetry Contest
  • Judge's Choice Haiku - Craigleigh Press Poetry Contest
  • Two Selected Haiku - 8th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
  • Hon. Mention Sakura Award Canada - Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational
  • Touchstone Nomination for Individual Haiku - Creatrix, Number 33, June
  • Short-Listed Haiku for Best-of-Issue Award - Presence, Number 55
  • Short-Listed Tanka for Distinctive Scribblings Awards - Eucalypt, Issue 21, December

2015
  • Commended Tanka - British Haiku Society, Tanka Awards
  • Runner-up Tanka - British Haiku Society, Tanka Awards
  • Hon. Mention Tanka - Undertow Tanka Review First Annual Tanka Competition
  • 2nd Hon. Mention Tanka - United Haiku and Tanka Society Fleeting Words Tanka Competition
  • Editor's Choice Tanka - cattails, January
  • Warp and Weft, Tanka Threads - full-lenth poetry collection released by Keibooks
  • 1st Place Haiku - HSA The Annual Harold G. Henderson Awards for Best Unpublished Haiku
  • 1st Place Haiku - Bangor Haiku Group Annual Autumn Moon Haiku Contest
  • 3rd Place Haiku (tie) - Irish Haiku Society 7th International Haiku Competition
  • Sakura Award, Canada, Haiku - Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - Haiku Canada, Betty Drevniok Award
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - Japan Information and Culture Center, Autumn Haiku Contest
  • Commended Haiku - Romanian Kukai Group, Fourth Sharpening the Green Pencil Contest
  • Two Selected Haiku - 7th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
  • Zatsuei Haiku of Merit - World Haiku Review, Vanguard Category, June
  • Award of Excellence Haiga - WHAC8 Commemorative Haiga Contest
  • Haiga - World Haiku Association's Monthly Haiga Contest (January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December)
  • Featured Poet/Resident Artist - Hedgerow Poems, August

2014
  • Illustration Winner for Front Cover - The Heron's Nest Illustration Contest
  • 3rd Place Haiku - United Haiku and Tanka Society, 2nd Annual "aha" Awards
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, Tokutomi Haiku Contest
  • Haiga - World Haiku Association's Monthly Haiga Contest (May, June, July, September, October, November)
  • Featured Poet - cattails, September

2013
  • Hon. Mention Tanka - World Tanka Competition, Lyrical Passion Poetry
  • Hon. Mention Haiku - DIOGEN, Winter Contest
  • 3rd Place Haiga - DIOGEN, Winter Contest

Awards for Other Writing:

2012
  • 1st Place Fiction - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Fiction Contest
  • 3rd Place Non-Fiction - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Non-Fiction Contest

2011
  • 1st Place Poetry - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Poetry Contest
  • 1st Place Postcard Fiction - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Postcard Fiction Contest
  • 3rd Place Poetry - Contemporary Verse 2, Thirty-fifth Anniversary Contest
  • The Poetry of Light Abstract Photography Exhibition - Assiniboine Park Conservatory

2010
  • 3rd Place Poetry - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Poetry Contest

2009
  • Hon. Mention Poetry - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Poetry Contest

2000
  • 2nd Place Poetry - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Poetry Contest

1999
  • Hon. Mention Poetry - The Writers' Collective/Winnipeg Free Press Poetry Contest