creative writing | fiction 


Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.

Melinda Haynes


In search of celebration, I share some of my fiction here.



professional development | writerly things
- Grammar Therapy - 4-week grammar course for fiction
- Write What You Know - 4-week writing course with WritersHQ
- Flash Fiction Fan Club 8-week flash fiction writing course
- Write Drunk, Edit Sober - Half-day self-editing workshop
awards | fellowships
- Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship Recipient 2021
- Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Competition 2020, Shortlisted
- Bath Flash Fiction Summer 2020, Longlisted
- National Flash Fiction Day Award 2019, Highly Commended
Writers HQ Flash Fiction Prize 2019, Third Place
- Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition 2019, Longlisted
Reflex Press Flash Fiction Prize 2017, 2018, 2019, Longlisted
- Contributor Interview, The Suburban Review


The Lover Asks Questions They Cannot Answer

Flash Fiction

Longlisted in the Reflex Press Spring Competition

Published: TBC

Freezing to Death

Flash Fiction

Published: Online, Sad Girls Club (May 2021)

Untitled Senryu


Published: Print, F*EMS Zine (April 2021)

A Senryu Semi Circle


Published: Print, F*EMS Zine (April 2021)

Just a Moth


Published: The Best Haiku Anthology 2021, Haiku Crush

A Bird Heart for Forgiveness

Flash Fiction

Published: Online, Entropy Magazine

Phantom Limbs

Micro Fiction

Published: Print, Issue 43 Blink Ink Magazine 

My Husband Speaks a Language I Do Not Know

Flash Fiction

Published: Online, Friday Flash Fiction


Tuesday Night at a Bar in Hoxton With a Cartoon Dog

Flash Fiction

Published: Print, Issue 18 F*EMS Zine (Dec. 2020)

What No Longer Is

Flash Fiction

Shortlisted for the Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Competition (Unpublished)

दया, Daya

Micro Fiction

Published: Print, Issue 42 Blink Ink Magazine

Three Haiku on Loss


Published: Online, Blue Bottle Journal

Probably Nothing

Flash Fiction

Long-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award Summer 2020

Published: Print, 'Restore to Factory Settings' Anthology


Short Story

Published: Print, Issue 17 of F*EMS Zine

Anomic Aphasia

Flash Fiction

Published: Online, as part of National Flash Fiction Day 2020 Flash Flood

Furusato 故郷

Creative Non-Fiction

Published: Online with Sawtooth ARI, as part of the digital community art project 'The Arrowhead Expanding Outwards'

Rust & Bone

Flash Fiction

Published: Print, Issue 2.1 of Human/Kind Journal

The Disconcerting Discovery of Shoes on a Beach

Flash Fiction

Long-listed for the Reflex Press Winter 2019 Competition

Published: Online & Print, 'A Girls' Guide to Fly Fishing' Anthology


Love is the Greatest of Dreams, Yet the Worst of Nightmares



Flash Fictions

Published: Print, 'Where Are We Now?' Geelong Writers Annual Anthology

Today I Dropped a Punnet of Blueberries

Flash Fiction

Published: Online, Every Day Fiction

Kiss it Better

Flash Fiction

Longlisted in Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition


Last Night I Saved a Moth From Drowning

Flash Fiction

Published: Print, Fall 7.3 issue of *82 Review 

Rattas, Mammalia

Creative Non-Fiction

Published: Online, Issue 14 of The Suburban Review 

Anomic Aphasia

Flash Fiction

Awarded Third Place in the Writers HQ Flash Fiction Prize

Published: Online

Last Night I Saved a Moth from Drowning

Micro Fiction

Highly Commended in the National Flash Fiction Day Prize

Published: Online & Print, 'And We Pass Through' Anthology

Every Second Thursday

Flash Fiction

Long-listed for the Reflex Press Winter 2018 prize

Published: Online & Print, 'The Real Jazz Baby' Anthology



Flash Fiction
Weekly Prompt Winner
Published: Online, Adhoc Fiction 
You Give Them Back to Where They Came From
Flash Fiction
Published: Online, Issue 26 of Underground Writers
Beach Boat Destruction
Flash Fiction
'Just missed the long-list' 
Published: Online, Reflex Press
A Good Man
Flash Fiction
Longlisted for the Reflex Press Autumn 2017 prize.
Published: Online & Print, 'Barely Casting a Shadow' Anthology
If On a Winter's Day
Flash Fiction
Centre for Stories public writing project for Winter Arts 2017.
Published: Posters printed & posted around the City of Perth.

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