Meet the judges
Laurie Steed is the author of You Belong Here, published in 2018, editor of Shibboleth and other stories, published in 2016, and winner of the 2012 Patricia Hackett Prize. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, Varuna – The National Writer’s House, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation and The Fellowship of Writers (Western Australia). He lives in Perth, Western Australia.
Susan Midalia is an award-winning writer who has published three collections of short stories and two novels. Her collection of flash fiction will be published in 2022. She has judged many writing competitions, including the Western Australian Premiers Book Awards, the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, the Margaret River Short Story Competition, the Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Competition and the Rockingham Writers Competition. She is also a peer assessor for the Australia Council, and a board member of Night Parrot Press and the Australian Short Story Festival. Susan has a PhD in contemporary Australian women’s fiction and has published on the subject in national and international literary journals. She also works as a freelance editor and as a mentor to emerging writers.
Belinda Hermawan’s short fiction has appeared in Overland, Westerly and Going Down Swinging in Australia, and in various American literary journals, including Pigeon Pages NYC, Split Lip and Cosmonauts Avenue. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the United States and was longlisted in Fremantle Press’s 2019 Fogarty Literary Award. Formerly of Writing WA, Belinda was on the judging panel for the 2019 Writing WA Literary Lions Medal. She has served on the Australian Short Story Festival committee, was mentored by Laurie Steed as part of the Centre for Stories’ Indian Ocean Mentoring Project, and is a past president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA. She has also published flash fiction, essays and visual arts reviews. Currently working on a novel, she is represented by Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management.