marleejaneward-hsI’m a writer, reader and weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. I grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong.

I was honoured to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop in the (US) summer of 2014. (Read all about that here, and here.) I took second place in the 2014 Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Awards with my story The Structure, and you can find my short stories at Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, in Mad Scientist Journal, Slink Chunk Press and the Hear Me Roar anthology.

My debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorpwas one of three winners of Seizure’s Viva La Novella 3 and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It won the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction.

I like dreaming of the future, cats, and making an utter spectacle of myself.

You can contact me at: marleejaneward@gmail.com