Elizabeth Jolley Prize 2019

Story writers of the world unite! Entries are now open for the globally-minded, and deeply generous Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Australia’s most prestigious award for short fiction; open to any and all English-language writers, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

The prize is worth a total of $12,500!

First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize:$3,000
Third Prize: $2,000
Three commended stories will share the remaining $2,500.

Entries close at midnight 15 April 2019. You can enter online here.

I am delighted to be chairing the judging panel this year, alongside the ever-fabulous and extraordinary-talented Maxine Beneba Clarke and John Kinsella.


Always a pleasure to be asked to share my favourite reads of the year. You can find my picks in Australian Book Review (for the books I adored that were published in 2018), and The Australian (for the beloved books I simply happened to encounter in 2018).

Books of the Year 2018


Best Summer Stories

In the tradition of Best Australian Stories, comes a new anthology series from Black Inc. I’m delighted to be included in its sun-soaked debut volume:

“Summer is the time for good stories. This lively new collection from Black Inc. draws together new and published short fiction from some of our country’s most talented storytellers, showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of Australian short fiction. Each of these memorable tales will stay with you long after reading – and the collection as a whole makes the perfect holiday gift. Whether you’re by the pool, on the beach or lazing in the park, spend your summer with Australia’s best writers.”

Available now in paperback and ebook.


ABR Reader Survey 2018

The results of ABR's Online Readers' Survey are in, and I couldn't be more honoured or overwhelmed to learn that I've been voted the magazine's favourite contributor. My deepest thanks to the readers of ABR. Writing for you is a privilege, a passion and, well... the best damn job I've ever had.