Short fiction

A story of an older man falling in love placed me on the shortlist for the Elyne Mitchell writing awards in 2019. Growing Wings

I was highly commended in The Hope Prize in 2018 with this story. The prize was judged by Cate Blanchett, Quentin Bryce and Kate Grenville and I also won a womens writing scholarship for the entry. Run.

The Odyssey House Short Story competition focuses on stories that feature the effects of drug or alcohol abuse. My story Patterns and Pathways was shortlisted in 2018.

In 2016 I was Highly Commended in the Waterline Writing Competition with a story which has become a bit of a favourite of mine, mainly due to its dark humour. A Handkerchief for the Grieving

There are a few competitions where the protagonists must be people with a disability. This story won a FAW National Literary Award in 2015 for that genre. Just Being

This story was published in The Big Issue Fiction special in 2014 and it featured in a question in the 2017 General Assessment Test in the Victorian curriculum. It was inspired by a hardback AA atlas that my dad used to have in his cars.
Bakerloo Central Circle District

In 2014, The Scarlet Stiletto Awards opened a new category for stories where the protagonist has a disability: the Liz Navratil Award. This story was a joint winner. Prussian Blue

A story written for an online writing group critique ended up winning the Global Short Story Award in January 2012. Truth and Lies

My story My Family Geography won the Friends of the Paynesville Library competition in 2013. It’s set in my local area.

This story is a young adult historical crime fiction and won second place overall at The Scarlet Stiletto Awards in 2013. Mary’s Colours

I had a joint win at the Waterline Writing competition in 2013 with this story, a personal favourite of mine. Twenty seven ways to love your brother

Second prize in the 2011 Waterline Writing competition provided the opportunity for publication, and my story was illustrated by an artist.
The Life Cycle of a Dog

The Scarlet Stiletto Awards are run by Sisters in Crime Australia and offer annual prizes to women writers for short stories with a crime or mystery theme. There are numerous categories and this story won me the 2011 Kerry Greenwood Award for Malice Domestic.
The Ugly Thing