Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

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The indoor play-centre on a rainy, wet day is a mess of tiny frantic bodies, primary coloured gym mats, plastic balls and padded slides.

My daughter’s on the pirate jumping castle, aughrrrr-aughrrring enough to put any eye-patched long-beard to shame.

You have a fan, my friend Katrina says to me.

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In 1892 “criminal of the century” Frederick Deeming arrived at the gates of Old Melbourne Gaol. His steamship journey from Western Australia to prison had been followed closely by the media and was met at various points by flotillas of boats and sensation-hungry crowds. Once he had been settled into his cell, the serial killer commenced writing an autobiography stating that it would “contain revelations which would shock the world”.

My arrival at Old Melbourne Gaol receiveThe Victorian Writerd a lot less public interest, (I think an...

Young adult writer Darrell Pitt reveals how digital self-publishing worked for him and eventually led to an 8-book contract with a traditional publisher.

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Want to know what the participants of the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds, have been working on? Here’s a sneak preview from Lian Low…

"In August 1991, I turned fourteen in Kuala Lumpur, and a few months after, my life would change forever when I stepped off at Tullamarine airport. Since the day before I was born, our family faced Australia: Australia as our future, our salvation from a country that favoured the Malays over the Chinese, Indians and other ethnic minorities from equitable positions.

Want to know what the participants of the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds, have been working on? Here’s a sneak preview from Hoa Pham…

A preview of the work of Hariklia Heristanidis, a participant in the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

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A preview of the work of Fatima Sehbai, a participant in the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

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A preview of the work of Beverly Almeida, a participant in the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Judith Sackville O’Donnell stood outside the art gallery, waiting. She had received a phone call from a man who claimed to be a producer wanting to make a docudrama of her book, 'The First Fagin: The True Story of Ikey Solomon'.

a picture of Bronwyn Lovell speaking passionately into a microphone, presumably at a slam poetry event

I always got really nervous before I went up on stage at poetry slams.

It took me a long time to memorise poems and, once I had, I could still let that nervousness get to me and I’d drop a line or two in the spotlight, or go blank.