Richard was nominated for the National Magazine Award for Best New Writer in Canada and the Canadian Authors Association’s Emerging Writer Award––both of which he lost to more worthy candidates. He has, however, been more successful with contests from Subterrain, PRISM, and Event

Having won a National Magazine for One-of-a-Kind Essay and been a finalist for two others, he is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio’s The Doc Project. Richard’s nonfiction has appeared in Maisonneuve, Canadian Notes and Queries, Reader’s Digest, and Best Canadian Essays, 2016 among others