Tessa Lunney has had her fiction, poetry, and reviews published in Griffith Review, Southerly, Mascara, and Contrapasso, among others, as well as Best Australian Poems 2014. Her first novel, April in Paris, 1921: a Kiki Button mystery is due for release in May 2018 through Harper Collins Australia, and July 2018 through Pegasus Book USA.
She was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts in 2013 from the University of Western Sydney. Her dissertation was on silence in contemporary Australian war fiction, with a basis in trauma theory and close reference to David Malouf, Brenda Walker, and Evie Wyld. She worked as a casual academic at universities around Sydney for many years.
In 2016 she won two short fiction prizes, the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature and the Orlando Prize for Short Fiction. In 2014 she was the recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart grant. She has also been longlisted for the Helen Bell award, shortlisted for the Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Poetry Prize 2013, shortlisted for the Griffith Review Novella competition 2012, and highly commended in the FAW Unpublished Manuscript award.
She is currently represented by Sarah McKenzie of Hindsight Literary Agency.
She works for the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney.
She lives in Sydney.
Contact Tessa at tessa [at] tessalunney.com
Contact Sarah McKenzie at sarah [at] hindsight.net.au