Marlee Jane Ward

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

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I’m a writer from Melbourne, Australia. I grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong. I attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2014. You can find my short stories at Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, Aurealis, Mad Scientist Journal, Feminartsy and more. My fiction can be found in the Hear Me Roar, Kindred anthologies. My debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won the Viva La Novella Prize and the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. It was shortlisted for The NSW Premiers Award, an Aurealis Award, and the Norma K Hemming Award. The sequel, Psynode, was released in May of 2017 and was shortlisted for an Aurealis Awards. The third and final book in the series Prisoncorp was published in 2019. My non-fiction can be found at Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, and more. I like dreaming of the future, cats, and making a spectacle of myself.

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Published Jul 27, 2019 · 5,994 words (22 minutes) · 411 views

Science Fiction post-apocalpytic

In a diner on the edge of the wasteland...




The Walking Thing

Published Jul 25, 2019 · 6,692 words (25 minutes) · 2 likes · 417 views

Science Fiction plague epidemic

A plague of walking and the girl who stays behind.


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Featured July 26, 2019



The Beasts and the Birthday

Published Jul 25, 2019 · 5,157 words (19 minutes) · 4 likes · 992 views

Science Fiction Alien intergenerational trauma

The beasts that changed the world came just before Georgia was born. Her family’s struggles to survive haunt them still — but, years later, a taboo birthday celebration might be enough to keep hope alive.

Author Marlee Jane Ward lives in Melbourne, Australia, and her work has appeared in Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, and more. The final installment in her award-winning Orphancorp trilogy is now available from Brio Books.


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