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Marlee Jane Ward

Marlee Jane Ward writes speculative fiction and dreams of the future.

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Marlee Jane Ward is a writer living on Wurundjeri Land in Melbourne, Australia. She grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales, studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong and is an alum of the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, Washington.

She is the author of the award-winning Orphancorp Series (which is in early development for the screen.) Her short fiction is published in Aurealis, Apex, Interfictions, Terraform and others. You can find her non-fiction in Overland, Meanjin, KYD, Scum Mag and more. She writes memoir as Mia Walsch.


She spends most of her time managing the inside of her own head. She is living her dream of being an apocalypse witch and someone’s fabulous goth aunt.

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The Forgetting Navigations - Four

Published Jul 20, 2021 · 2,015 words (8 minutes) · 70 views

The Forgetting Navigations is a novella about two women who chase a killer across space when they'd rather be reading. This is part 4.

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It just started snowing. It is 11 pm and I am glued to the window. Thankfully I had my camera handy and could snap few photos of this magical moment. Good Night  J

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The Forgetting Navigations - Three

Published Jul 16, 2021 · 1,174 words (5 minutes) · 100 views

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The Forgetting Navigations is a novella about two bookish women chasing a killer across space. This is chapter 3.

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The Forgetting Navigations - Two

Published Jun 29, 2021 · 3,676 words (14 minutes) · 1 like · 106 views

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The Forgetting Navigations is a novella about two bookish women chasing a killer across space. This is chapter 2.

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The Forgetting Navigations - One

Published Jun 12, 2021 · 3,696 words (14 minutes) · 2 likes · 223 views

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The Forgetting Navigations is a novella I wrote in 2018. I have attempted to sell it and had no luck. I want it to be read, so I'm posting it here in 4-6 parts. This story gnawed at me until I wrote it, the way that every trauma gnaws at you. The way you gnaw at yourself. It's a bow to every older woman who can teach you how to live without gnawing, 'cause she's learned how. It's a song to friendship and how it can give you something to tether you to life.

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Fert

Published Dec 31, 2020 · 5,189 words (19 minutes) · 1 like · 258 views

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Atavistacular

Published Dec 14, 2020 · 1,457 words (6 minutes) · 6 likes · 745 views

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You’ve never known embarrassment until you’ve shown up at a skinrave with the same facio-cranial avatar upgrade as your nemesis. Luckily, Cordite Hadli’s doctor will set her up with a proto-trend so unique, it’ll settle this rivalry once and for all.

Australian author Marlee Jane Ward is a graduate of Clarion West, and her work has appeared in Terraform, Apex, Aurealis, and more.

Content note: mature.

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Voyeur

Published Sep 27, 2020 · 2,606 words (10 minutes) · 1 like · 314 views

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I think, when it comes to my writing, that there will be this dividing line between my ‘bleak’ phase and something else. I feel like I’m straddling that line right now: with no clear idea where to go from here, but with a distinct feeling that I need to make something less… sad. Can I write hope? Can I imagine something better than what I think we’re in for? I don’t know. Let’s see. Anyway, this is not that. This is from my bleak period. Enjoy!

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The Great House Thrippet, Season 246, Episode 12

Published Aug 3, 2020 · 2,882 words (11 minutes) · 1 like · 522 views

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Piyel is part of a late-stage reality television dynasty, and she wants out.

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Passing Bye

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The Husband In Your Head

Published May 19, 2020 · 2,829 words (11 minutes) · 2 likes · 441 views

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A wall, the things that hold us down, and longing.

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I am drawn to random patterns where ever they present themselves. Cement is a great canvas for these surprising stories. I found this in seating blocks, set against nature, behind the length of condos in Redmond, WA.

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Starving to Death in Brunswick West

Published Mar 7, 2020 · 1,648 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 1413 views

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The story of a quarantine told in recipes. Originally published on the now-defunct Australian short-story website 'Slink Chunk Press'. The only story I've ever written in 2nd person, and probably the only one I ever will.

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Medical face mask on the ground. Maybe worn by a person who tried to protect him/herself from corona virus.