Arna writes for both adults and children. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in Verity La, Meniscus Literary Journal, the Forty South Short Story Anthology, the Spineless Wonders' Time Anthology, FourW: New Writing, ZineWest, Verandah, and Islet, and other works have been performed at Summer Shorts and Little Fictions. Her non-fiction has been published both in print and online, and stories for children have appeared in The School Magazine, on Kids' Book Review, and in several anthologies. She recently won the ZineWest 2020 Prize and 2nd prize in the 2019 Peter Cowan Short Story Award. She has also been a finalist in the 2018 Tasmanian Writers Prize, the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award and the NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award.
"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."
- Philip Pullman
I was born in Adelaide and grew up living in hotels around Australia. My Polish dad and Australian mum were hotel managers so we moved around quite a bit, wherever the work was. It was exciting living in hotels, all sorts of interesting things happened and even now, the people I met and the things I saw keep finding their way into stories.
When I was thirteen, I was in Cyclone Tracy, the worst natural disaster Australia has ever seen. The whole city was wiped out overnight and I've written about what it was like to survive a powerful cyclone in my story for children, 'Don't Worry Brian'.
I write for both adults and children, across genre and form, but I especially love short form writing - flash fiction, microfiction, non-fiction flash and poetry.
My other passion is literacy and education. For ten years, I taught adult literacy and writing skills, but now I'm finally focussing all my energy on my own writing.
I live in the Blue Mountains, where I'm also involved in an artist run initiative called Mounted ARI and coordinate a range of literary events through the year.
ZineWest 2020 Prize
2019 Peter Cowan Short Story Award
Finalist in the 2018 Tasmanian Writers' Prize, the NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award and the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award
‘The Horse of Old Regret’
FAW National Literary Awards 2015
Angelo B. Natoli Short Story Award
ZineWest 15 Writers’ Competition
‘The Northern Road’
ZineWest 13 Writers’ Competition
Editor’s Choice Award
ZineWest 12 Writers’ Competition
'Central Station 7.03’
3rd Place - Best Prose
ZineWest 11 Writers’ Competition
‘A Fine Balance’
2007 Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards
‘Driss and Deidre’
Verandah/HarperCollins Fiction Prize 2004
FAW National Literary Awards 2002
The Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award
Stories, poems and
non-fiction for adults
'Last Breath' in ZineWest 2020
'Skin and Bone' in Verity La
' Limits of Forgetting' in FourW Thirty: Pearl'
'How to go with the flow: A Survival Guide' in
Arachne Press, UK
'The Elephant in the Room' and 'We take our comfort
where we can' in
'The Brough of Birsay' in
'Here we Are' in Time (Spineless Wonders, 2018)
'Stones' and 'Snap'
performed at Summer Shorts, January 2017
'1988' performed at Little Fictions, October 2016 and
Humans of Parramatta Road, 2017
'Who do you think you are?', 'Lincoln's Rock' ,
'Snap’ , ‘Separacja’ and 'Central Station 7.03' in ZineWest
‘Life Support’ in FourW 25 – New Writing
‘Mountain Funeral’ (poem) in ZineWest 14
‘Mosaic of Loss’ (poem) in As the Smoke Clears
‘1966’ in Keepsakes Anthology (ed Sally Odgers)
‘The Northern Road’ (poem) in ZineWest 13
‘Room 301’ in Islet
‘Driss and Deidre’ in Verandah 19
‘To flotilla or not' Cruising Helmsman Magazine
‘At the other end of the hour’ in Warrior Women:
Fighting Breast Cancer (UOW Press)
'Innocence is Bliss’ in Newswrite
‘The Poet of Oz’ in Pendulum
‘Living with the Wolf’ in Link Magazine
‘This (cyclonic) Life’ in The Weekend Australian
‘The Ankle-biters’ Revenge’ in Berkshire County’s Child
‘Song of Hope’ in Certified Male
'Firestorm' Illustrated By Peter Sheehan
'Touchdown', The School Magazine
NSW Department of Education
Stories for children
'The Most Beautiful Thing in the World'
in Charms - Volume One
Odgers, S (ed)
'Don't Worry Brian' in
Book for Fiji
Odgers, S (ed)
Frustrated Writers' Mentorship Program 2006
FAW (Tasmania) 2006 Nairda Lyne Award
Frustrated Writers' Mentorship Program 2004
'The Dangerous Journey of Elsbet Johari'
2016 Charlotte Duncan Award
‘No time for Dreaming’
CBCA (NSW) Aspiring Writers' Mentorship Program 2013
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