Marlee Jane Ward

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I’m a writer, reader and weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. I write speculative Fiction: weird futures populated with cheeky, complex babes and bros; diverse, heartfelt, funny and brutal.

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, The Sockdolager,Aurealis, Mad Scientist Journal, Slink Chunk Press, Feminartsy and the In Your Face,Hear Me Roar, Kindred and Best Summer Stories anthologies.

My debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won Seizure’s Viva La Novella 3 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 best YA novel in the 2018 Aurealis Awards. The third and final book in the series Prisoncorp was released in 2019.

My non-fiction can be found at Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Writers Bloc, Going Down Swinging and more.

In 2017 I won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent.

I like dreaming of the future, cats, and making a spectacle of myself.


All this writing and spectacle-making takes time. And money.

Right now I work part-time in a job I like, that doesn't drive me too crazy and almost covers my bills. I prioritized writing about a year and a half ago, and because my work status is 'casual' I get no leave or sick-pay. BUT I have enough time to write! In 2016 I won the Victorian Premiers Award for YA fiction, and I used the prize money to pay off my debts. I'm so lucky - I'm at zero, a clean slate. (Full disclosure: I also bought a bed and put some funds towards a trip, my first time off in over two years.) I'm incredibly grateful to be in the position that I'm in.

Now: to the future!

I've got so many books in my head right now: a new YA-ish (or YA cross-over, or NA or dark YA) series, a dark space novella, plus a stand-alone novel for adults. I'm not a hugely established writer, but I'm setting up this Patreon to supplement my income and ease some of the stress of finances. Writing, and building a writing career takes time and costs a bunch. I'll use these funds to invest in my career - paying costs like travel and admission (cons are a great way to connect with other writers and readers, but can be costly), for software, printing costs, promotions, website fees and similar essentials.

I believe in art and in creators.

People who make stuff with their own heads and hands and hearts are valuable and I want to support them. Art and words and songs move culture and people forward. I think creators have value. I'm one of them, and I would be so grateful for any support you can give. 
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When I start earning $200 a month, I'll be able to post stories here in a financially viable way (seeing as a story is considered published once it's online.)
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