Writing short fiction
From Liverpool, UK; based in Melbourne’s west, Victoria
I’m developing a collection of short stories exploring marginalised sexual identities. The project, Broken Rules, is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by a 2016-17 PIP Fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers House.
I’m published in Australia and overseas, and my work has been recognised in a number of literary awards and competitions. ‘Their cruel routines’ is the winner of the 2015 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize, and is published in Overland 221. Other publications include Dazed Magazine, The Bridport Prize Anthology, The Sleepers Almanac, 21D, Roomers, and Award Winning Australian Writing.
I’ve been a member of Elwood Writers for over 10 years. The group’s writers work across a variety of literary forms, and we regularly contribute material to the Cover To Cover literary program on Vision Australia Radio. I’m also a member of the Roomers Writing Workshops at St Kilda Library.
Interrupter (In Short Publishing, Australia) 2015
Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed (London, UK), and online at Dazed Digital
Bridport Prize Anthology 2013 (Redcliffe Press Ltd, UK)
Award Winning Australian Writing 2010 (Melbourne Books, Australia)
Sleepers Almanac 6 (Sleepers Publishing, Australia)
21D – Street (21D, Australia)
21D Anthology I (21D, Australia; Smashwords)
21D Short 3 (21D, Australia; Smashwords)
Forthcoming 2018 alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (23rd to 27th April)
2018 – the January 26th edition of Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio will feature the work of Elwood Writers in a Back To School program. The program will be repeated and made available as podcast.
2017 alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (9th to 16th October)
2017 – Elwood Writers developed the material for the 2017 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 – Featured in Star Weekly newspaper: ‘Tangled webs rewoven’ in January 13 print and online editions.
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 in the 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
2015 – ‘Nothing’, ‘Pastel’, and ‘Henry’ read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (16th and 20th August)
2015 – Commissioned by HERO Magazine, London, to write a themed short-story for issue 13 of the magazine
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 – Winner, Dazed Short Story Competition. Winning story published in Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed, and online at Dazed Digital.
2013 – Prizewinner in the short story category of the 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
2013 – Shortlisted for the inaugural Writers Victoria Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship, Sri Lanka
2011 – ‘Randy’ was read on The Fiction Room on Vision Australia Radio (7th August)
2011 – Invited to perform ‘Larry’s Way’ at the State Library of Victoria, as part of the Summer Reads event
2011 – Longlisted for The Big Issue Fiction Edition (Ed#388)
2010 – Highly Commended in The Age Short Story Competition
2009 – Winner of both the Short Story Award and the 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 – Highly Commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize
2007 – Award-winner in the CAE Short Story Competition, Cut Short