creative writing | fiction | memoir | flash


Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.

Melinda Haynes

Sharing my creative & fiction writing is a relatively new experience for me. It was in finally sharing one of my short stories with my partner that gave me strength. Not because he gushed about how good it was, but because he let me know he recognised the words, the experience & the ideas. He connected with it and that bought me joy.


In search of joy, I share some of my fiction here.


Is it perfect? Absolutely not.


But life rarely is.



professional development | writerly things
Writing is a craft. It takes practice and commitment. The more I write - the more I carve out the time and space to commit to writing - the better it feels and the more I feel like I'm advancing towards creating the stories I want.
It feels good to allow time for something I've always dismissed as a 'little hobby'.
Some things I've particularly enjoyed over the past few years:
- Grammar Therapy - 4 week grammar course for fiction, 2019
- Write What You Know - 4 week writing course with WritersHQ, 2019
- Flash Fiction Fan Club 8 week flash fiction writing course, 2018
- Write Drunk, Edit Sober - Half day self-editing workshop, 2018
- Melbourne Writers Week - Attendee, 2019
- Hobart Writers Festival - Attendee, 2019
- Australian Short Stories Festival - Attendee, 2018
- Feminist Writers Festival, Sydney - Attendee, 2018​
- Perth Writers Festival - Attendee, 2017, 2018, 2019


'Love is the Greatest of Dreams, Yet the Worst of Nightmares'



Flash Fictions

Published: In forthcoming Geelong Writers Annual Anthology (Nov. 2019)

'Today I Dropped a Punnet of Blueberries'

Flash Fiction

Published: Online with Every Day Fiction

'Last Night I Saved a Moth From Drowning'

Flash Fiction

Published: Online & in Fall 7.3 issue of *82 Review print magazine

'Unconditional Roots'

Memoir on the theme of 'Origins'

Published: Issue 5 of Boshemia print magazine.

'Rattas, Mammalia'

Creative Non-Fiction Essay

Published: Issue 14 of The Suburban Review digital magazine.

'You Give Them Back to Where They Came From'

Short Story on the theme 'Ashes'

Published: Issue 22 of Underground Writers digital magazine.

'Anomic Aphasia'

Flash Fiction

Awarded third place for the Writers HQ Quarterly Flash Fiction Prize. Published: Online & in a forthcoming anthology.

'Last Night I Saved a Moth from Drowning'

Micro Fiction

Awarded Highly Commended for the National Flash Fiction Day Prize. Published: Online & in And We Pass Through print anthology.

'Every Second Thursday'

Flash Fiction

Long listed for the Reflex Press Winter 2018 prize.

Published: Online & in The Real Jazz Baby print anthology.



'Who could arrest a creature capable of scaling the overhanging sides of Mont Saleve?'
Flash Fiction
Published: Issue 34 of Mercurial Stories & selected for reading in the weekly podcast.
Flash Fiction
Weekly competition winner
Published: Online at Adhoc Fiction. 
'Beach Boat Destruction'
Flash Fiction
Published: Online at Reflex Press.
Creative Non-Fiction on the theme 'Journey'
Published: Issue 2 of Bricoleur Magazine.
'A Good Man'
Flash Fiction
Long listed for the Reflex Press Autumn 2017 prize
Published: Online & in 'Barely Casting a Shadow' print anthology.
'If On a Winter's Day'
Contributing writer for Centre for Stories public writing project as part of Winter Arts 2017
Published: Posters printed & posted around the City of Perth.
'There is a Dead Cockroach Under My Sofa'
Creative Non-Fiction Essay
Awarded 2017 'New Voices' Winner with LDNR Magazine and London Writers Network.
Published: Online with LDNR Magazine.

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