2017: Short story “Pods” given Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XLI anthology.
2015: Short story “Milk and Cookies on the Other Side” won the Midwestern Gothic Lake Prize.
2015: Short story “To Dismantle A Cake” chosen as runner-up for the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award.
2008/2009: K Chess (then, K Brattin) awarded the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts for fiction writing.