About Me

My short story collection First fox is published by the UK’s award-winning The Emma Press and illustrated by Rachel J. Fenton. First fox was launched at the Auckland Writer’s Festival and made the Best of 2017 reading list for Ireland’s Banshee literary journal. 

This year I won the Graeme Lay Short Story Competition, was a finalist in the Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction, and had a story chosen for Jesse Mulligan’s special live edition of RNZ’s Short Story Club at Litcrawl Wellington. 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, 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