|San Francisco Foundation James D. Phelan Award in Literature for Double Negative (in manuscript), 1976.|
Edgar nomination by Mystery Writers of America for Double Negative in first novel category, 1981.
O. Henry Award for short story, "The Greatest Slump of All Time," 1982.
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1982.
Three novels cited as "Notable Books of the Year" by The New York Times Book Review: Double Negative, The Full Catastrophe, and The Error of Our Ways.
Three essays cited as "Notable" in The Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin), "Titanic Blunders" (in 2000), "The Linguist Goes to the Movies" (2001), and "Mountain Boy Meets Plato" (2006), and two essays cited as "Notable Sports Writing" in The Best American Sports Writing 1997 (Houghton Mifflin), "Something Wrong With the Boy" and "Sunday Morning Ball at the J."
Creative Nonfiction Award from the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) for Campus Sexpot: A Memoir, 2004; published by the University of Georgia Press, 2005.
Guest author at "Printemps du Livre," an international book festival in Grenoble, France, 2014.
A Solid Man of Boston, a feature film screenplay adaptation of William Dean Howells's 1885 novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham:
--Finalist in the 2015 New Hope Film Festival Script Competition
--Finalist in the 2015 San Francisco Global Movie Fest
--Quarterfinalist in the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
--Quarterfinalist in the 2015 Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Contest
--Quarterfinalist in the 2015 Adapted Screenplay Competition
--Semifinalist in the 2015 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition
--Second Prize in the 2015 Oregon Independent Film Festival Screenplay Contest