I am a writer of fiction with three full length manuscripts completed. The first – Sweetmans Road, previously The Time of the Lilyweeds – is an Australian historical fiction featured in this website. It was a winner of the HarperCollins Varuna Fellowship in 2013 and has undergone a major rewrite during a 12 month mentorship awarded to me by the Australian Society of Authors for 2015.
My second manuscript – The Tenant at Holders Farm – is a mystery/romance set in Paris and Byron Bay. It was a runner-up in the Fellowship of Australian Writers long fiction awards in 2014.
The third manuscript is a comedy/romance entitled Strictly No Thongs on the Dance Floor a comedy/romance.
I have had 2 short stories published in separate Stringybark Anthologies:
“Obsession” in Role of a Lifetime (2014) and “The Man of the House” in Standing By (2016)
My first Flash Fiction piece “Saint Ned”, was one of 6 winners in the international flash fiction competition 1000 Words of Less, published in June 2016.
In March 2016 I had my first piece of non-fiction published in The Big Issue and another piece has been accepted for publication later this year (2017).
In 2016 I was also shortlisted for the Scarlet Stiletto Awards and won the Special Commendation prize for my story ‘The Trap’.
Currently I am in my second year of the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.
I write a blog called Reading, Writing and a Few Dog Stories at http://www.gabriellegardner.com.au