From Liverpool, UK
based Melbourne’s west, Victoria

Broken Rules and Other Stories is scheduled for publication in September 2020 by Transit Lounge. The book is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and by a fellowship from Varuna, the National Writers’ House. It is listed by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald in ‘The books to read in 2020’. An advance review in Books+Publishing calls it an ‘accomplished debut’.

My short stories are published in Australia, the UK, and the USA, and have been recognised in awards including the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize, the inaugural City Of Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, the Bridport Prize, and The Age Short Story Award. Publications include American Writers Review, Tincture Journal, Dazed, The Bridport Prize Anthology, Roomers, 21D, and Award Winning Australian Writing. Interrupter, published in pocketbook format by In Short Publishing Co., was dramatised in 2018 on Vision Australia Radio’s weekly literary program Cover To Cover.

I write pieces of very short fiction for the web-log section of this website.

Professional memberships and affiliations:

Alumni Association of Varuna, the National Writers’ House;
Elwood Writers;
Roomers Project – an initiative for residents and former residents of rooming houses, private hotels and supported acccommodation;
Fundación César Egido Serrano and the Museo de la Palabra – Ambassador of Words.


Forthcoming: Broken Rules and Other Stories (Transit Lounge, 1 September 2020)

Roomers #67 Summer 2020: Will the real news please stand up?

Roomers #66, Winter 2019: Reading, WRiting and Roomers

American Writers Review, Summer 2019 (San Fedele Press). Available from Amazon.

Roomers #65, Summer 2018: That was then, this is now

Roomers #64, Winter 2018: Done to Death

American Writers Review, Summer 2018 (San Fedele Press). Available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Roomers #63, Summer 2018: What’s your superpower?

Tincture Journal Issue Twenty (Tincture), 1 December 2017. Current and previous issues of Tincture Journal are available from the website or the Kobo and Google Play bookstores.

Contributor to PILOT 2018: A Diary for Writers (Pilot Press)

Roomers #62, Autumn/Winter 2017: There’s Something Living in My Ear

2016 – Featured in Star Weekly newspaper: ‘Tangled webs rewoven’ in January 13 print and online editions.

Written contribution to Walking the Hills | Malcolm Ashman and Inger Karthum; an exhibition at Bath Contemporary (now Axle Arts), 7th – 29th October 2016

Overland 221, Summer 2015

Roomers #59, Spring/Summer 2015: Music

Interrupter (In Short Publishing, Australia) 2015

Star Observer, October 2015

2015 – Commissioned by HERO Magazine, London, to write a themed short-story for issue 13 of the magazine

Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed (London, UK), and online at Dazed Digital

Bridport Prize Anthology 2013 (Redcliffe Press Ltd, UK)

2011 – Longlisted for The Big Issue Fiction Edition (Ed#388)

Award Winning Australian Writing 2010 (Melbourne Books, Australia)

The Sleepers Almanac No. 6 (Sleepers Publishing, Australia)

21D – Street (21D, Australia)

21D Anthology I (21D, Australia; Smashwords)

21D Short 3 (21D, Australia; Smashwords)

Victorian Writer (Writers Victoria) May–June 2011

Melbourne News May and June 2011


2015: Winner, Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize (announced 6th November). ‘Their cruel routines’ was described by the judges as “exceptional and unnerving”. Read the full judges’ report here.

2015: Finalist and Diploma Award winner, IV Edition of the Museo de la Palabra Flash Fiction Competition (October). There were 13 finalists from 35,609 stories entered from 149 countries. The first prize was $20,000

2014: Winner, Dazed Short Story Competition. Winning story published in Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed, and online at Dazed Digital.

2013: Prizewinner, Bridport Prize International Writing Competition. “Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It’s not just the money – though that’s not to be sneezed at – it’s a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment” – Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize

2010: Highly Commended, The Age Short Story Award

2009: Winner, Short Story and Lord Mayor’s Award in the inaugural Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards are an initiative to mark Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature

2009: Special commendation, Manchester Fiction Prize

2007: Award-winner, CAE Short Story Competition

Professional events:

25 Aug 2018: A night of literary readings at St Kilda Library with Elwood Writers. I read The Birthday and The House In The Sky.

14 Aug 2018: Delivered a micro-fiction workshop for the Roomers creative writing group.

Flash! Co-facilitated two flash fiction workshops with Melissa Goode at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. Saturday 28th April 2018 at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW.

2018: Alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (23rd to 28th April).

2017: Alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (9th to 16th October).

2016 to 2017: Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers House. Included a week’s residency at Varuna from 22nd to 29th August 2016.

2013: Shortlisted for the inaugural Writers Victoria Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship, Sri Lanka.

2011: Invited to perform ‘Larry’s Way’ at the State Library of Victoria, as part of the Summer Reads event.

2007: Volunteer, Melbourne Writers Festival.


12 July 2019 (repeated 14 July): Elwood Writers featured in ‘Winter’, a themed edition of Vision Australia Radio’s weekly literary program Cover To Cover.

9 November 2018: The work of Elwood Writers featured in the Cover To Cover Armistice Day Centenary Special on Vision Australia Radio in November. Broadcast Friday 9 November, repeated Sunday 11 November. Podcast available here.

Friday 2 November 2018 (repeated Sunday 4 October): The House In The Sky was read by Tim McQueen on Cover To Cover, Vision Australia Radio. Podcast available here.

Friday 5 October 2018 (repeated Sunday 7 October): The Birthday was read by Mike Cannon on Cover To Cover, Vision Australia Radio. Available in a podcast, here.

The short story Interrupter was dramatised and broadcast on Vision Australia Radio’s Cover To Cover program on 6th April 2018, repeated 8th April 2018. The program is available as a podcast here.

2018: the January 26th edition of Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio featured the work of Elwood Writers in a Back To School program. The program was repeated and is available as podcast.

2017: Elwood Writers created the material for the Father’s Day Cover To Cover program on Vision Australia Radio. The program was broadcast on Friday 1 September, and repeated on Sunday 3 September. The podcast is available here.

2016: Elwood Writers created the material in the Mother’s Day Cover To Cover program on Vision Australia Radio. The podcast is available here.

2015: ‘Nothing’, ‘Pastel’, and ‘Henry’ read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (16th and 20th August).

2015: ‘The Hot Spell’ was read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio(11th and 15th January) in an hour-long program of material developed by the Elwood Writers. The program was repeated on 31st December as part of a Best Of Cover To Cover series.

2014: ‘The first buyer’ was read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (7th and 11th September).

2011: ‘Randy’was read on The Fiction Room on Vision Australia Radio (7 August).

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  1. Dear Ambassador,

    Greetings from Lagos Nigeria. I’m also honoured as Ambassador part of
    the contest for the V Edition of Fundación César Egido Serrano.

    Sorry, I got a question for you, were you given another participating
    code after the first code they gave out? Because they gave me the
    second code after the first code.

    My first code was:44620

    And the second code was: VB547

    I’m just curious maybe I have win something. Did you get the second
    code as well from the V Edition of Fundación César Egido Serrano?

    Best Regards

    Gbenga Ezekiel Oladosu

    1. Greetings to you too. Thanks for contacting me.
      I didn’t receive a second participating code for the flash fiction contest, no. I’m not sure why you might have received two codes.
      Please let me know if you solve this mystery!
      Best wishes to you,
      Barry Lee

  2. Thanks for your respond to my message. I can see that you been into the contest twice. were you given second code in the IV edition of the contest that get you diploma award winner as a finalist?

    I will let you know as soon as I solve my mystery. But I think, I got the best votes from the contest. I guess maybe I might be crown as the winner of the V edition, because I was told to keep the second code : VB547 for the future.

    Best wishes

    Gbenga Ezekiel Oladosu

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