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. 

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 popped up around the world from Sweden to the USA to Tanzania.

I won the 2018 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition. In 2016 I was shortlisted for Ireland’s Fish Flash Fiction Prize and highly commended in the takahé Short Story Competition. I was runner-up in the 2015 National Flash Fiction Day Contest and highly commended in the 2014 North & South Short, Short Story Competition and 2013 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. In 2009 I received the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award for Writing.

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

My favourite authors include Grace Paley, Lucia Berlin and Katherine MansfieldOther loves are opera and beer.

Leanne