Tarannum Riyaz has been the recipient of the Delhi Urdu Academy Fiction Award for the year 2006 and best book award twice for two short story collections, Yimverzal and Mera Rakht e Safar. She has also received the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy Fiction Award and the Sahir Ludhyanvi Adeeb International Award for her contribution in poetry and prose, the Rasa Javedani Memorial Award and Jammu and the Kashmir Academy for Art, Culture and Languages for the Best Book Award 2008 for her substantial contribution towards Urdu literature.Her works have been included in several noteworthy anthologies including one edited by Gopi Chand Narang and another edited by Sadiq and published by Penguin. Her work has been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. Her edited work, 20th Century Urdu Literature of Women published by Sahitya Akademi was widely acclaimed.
Riyaz has participated in a number of national and international conferences and seminars and is a special invitee at the SAARC Conference. She also participated in the World Urdu Conference, Islamabad in 2005 and in the Aman ki Asha literature festival in Karachi in 2010.She is also a member of the Birla Foundation for Saraswati Saman for Urdu.