2018: Short story “Been Fighting Since” chosen as runner-up for Phoebe‘s 2018 Fiction Contest. (Judge: Karan Mahajan)

2018: K Chess named Finalist for Writers’ Room of Boston Fellowship.

2017: Short story “Been Fighting Since” longlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize.

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. (Judge: Charles McLeod)

2015: Short story “To Dismantle A Cake” chosen as runner-up for the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award.

2008/2009: K Chess awarded the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts for fiction writing.