About Me

My début story collection First fox was published by The Emma Press and illustrated by Rachel J. Fenton. First fox made Banshee literary journal’s best of 2017 reading list where author Nuala O’Connor called it “a perfect world of wonder.”

In 2018 I won the Graeme Lay Short Story Competition and was a finalist in the Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction. I’m a recipient of the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award for Writing and have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition and North & South magazine’s Short, Short Story Competition. My stories have appeared in literary journals both here and abroad including Headland and Turbine|Kapohau, Litro and Numéro Cinq.

I co-presented “The ‘V’ Word – Voice in the NZ Short Story” at the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English held in Shanghai in 2016; and my flash fiction street art has appeared around the world.

I hold a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Honours) from AUT University.

My favourite authors include Lucia Berlin, Julio Cortázar, Katherine Mansfield and Grace PaleyOther loves are opera and beer.

Leanne