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I’m a writer 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, Aurealis, Mad Scientist Journal, Feminartsy and more. My fiction can be found in the Hear Me Roar, Kindred anthologies. My debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won the Viva La Novella Prize and the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. It 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 was shortlisted for an Aurealis Awards. The third and final book in the series Prisoncorp was published in 2019. My non-fiction can be found at Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, and more. I like dreaming of the future, cats, and making a spectacle of myself.
Published Mar 7, 2020 · 1,653 words (7 minutes) · 1 like · 709 views
The story of a quarantine told in recipes. Originally published on the now-defunct Australian short-story website 'Slink Chunk Press'. The only story I've ever written in 2nd person, and probably the only one I ever will.
Published Mar 7, 2020 · 3,562 words (13 minutes) · 108 views
This is one of the first short stories I finished when I refocused on writing starting in 2012. I got the idea when I was lost in a multi-storey carpark, trying to find my car. This was one of my Clarion West application stories (I mean, one of the successful ones!) It took 2nd place in the KSP Foundation's annual short-story prize in 2014, and was originally published on the now-defunct but totally rad Australian science-fiction short-story site 'Slink Chunk Press'.
Published Aug 29, 2019 · 4,065 words (15 minutes) · 4 likes · 501 views
When Diana starts to phase-shift every time she daydreams, she’s taken off assignment and sent to a hospital for time travelers with the chain-smoking faux-French Fabienne. After a lifetime of avoiding the present, she’ll need to decide if she can embrace the here-and-now.
Author Marlee Jane Ward hails from Melbourne, and her work has appeared in Terraform, Apex, The Sockdolager, and many more.
Published Jul 25, 2019 · 5,157 words (19 minutes) · 4 likes · 744 views
The beasts that changed the world came just before Georgia was born. Her family’s struggles to survive haunt them still — but, years later, a taboo birthday celebration might be enough to keep hope alive.
Author Marlee Jane Ward lives in Melbourne, Australia, and her work has appeared in Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, and more. The final installment in her award-winning Orphancorp trilogy is now available from Brio Books.