I'll often pen a short story when in need of a break from the lengthier business of novel writing. Writing short stories has been a great way to hone my craft. I enjoy the tightness of language and economy of words demanded by the form.

To read my article  How Short Story Writing Can Help With Writing Novels  click on the link:  Writers' & Artists' Website UK

When I get an idea for a story - usually in the wee hours - I have to get the bones of it down while the impetus is still strong. If I don't, the emotion behind the idea dissipates, and I find myself with a few random words jotted down on a scrap piece of paper.

Several of my pieces of short fiction have won awards.

'A Breath, A Bunk, A Land, A Sky' has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020. Regional winners will be announced in June, and the overall winner in July.

My story titled 'Mad Men' won the Sunday Star TImes Short Story Award 2018.

I have also won the Graeme Lay Short Story Award 2012, and twice been shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing.

You can read 'Mad Men' and a bit about its genesis, by clicking on the links below.

Read here: Mad Men

Genesis for the story: Interview

A number of my short stories have been broadcast on National Radio. To listen to one of them, click on the audiolink below. (You may need to enable the Quicktime plugin for your browser)

The Bottom Line(Broadcast National Radio)*


Watch Fiona talk about winning the Sunday Times Short Story Award 2018:
Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards

Watch Fiona talk about being shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020:

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