I’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 attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2014.

You can find my short stories at Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, The Sockdolager, Aurealis, Mad Scientist Journal, Slink Chunk Press, Feminartsy and the In Your Face and Hear Me Roar anthologies.

My debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorpwon 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 and was shortlisted for The NSW Premiers Award, an Aurealis Award, and the Norma K Hemming Award. The sequel, Psynode, was released in May of 2017 and is nominated for best YA novel in the 2018 Aurealis Awards.

In 2017 I won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent.
I like dreaming of the future, cats, and making a spectacle of myself.
I am represented by Alex Adsett at Alex Adsett Publishing Services.
You can contact me at: marleejaneward@gmail.com