• 2021 – Egg, a chapter from a new novel in progress, longlisted in the Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards.
  • 2018 – Crosshouse, a chapter from a new novel in progress, shortlisted in the Fish Short Story Prize.
  • 2017 – a chapter from a new novel in progress. Longlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize
  • 2010 – Shortlist for Scottish Variety Award – Best New Scottish Writer
  • Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award 2009 with The Tin-Kin
  • 2009 Shortlisted in the Not The Booker Prize with The Tin-Kin
  • 2009 – Shortlisted for the Aeon Award with The Den Ghost
  • Honorary Writer in Residence for the French Department at Glasgow University, 2008-2009
  • 2007 – Winner of a Scottish Arts Council & National Library of Scotland Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for 2008
  • 2006 – Winner of the New Writing Ventures Award for fiction with Burns, a chapter from The Tin-Kin
  • 2006 – Shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize with Italian Verbs
  • 2001 – Shortlisted for a David St Thomas Charitable Trust competition on people and places with Diamond Geezer