Myra King is an Australian writer living on the coast of South Australia. She has written a number of prize winning short stories and a collection of them was published by Ginninderra Press (2010).
Between 1990 and 2005 Myra wrote for Rural Press Australia and had a fortnightly column in a Florida newspaper.
Firsts include UK's Global, Ballarat's Poetry Masterclass and Short Story Competition (AUS).
In 2008 her work was Commended for the Rolf Boldrewood and Scarlet Stiletto Literary Awards (SINC) and Highly Commended (Summer 2009) in the UK JBWB Short Story Awards. And in 2010 her short story, The Black Horse, was shortlisted for the US Glass Woman Prize.
In 2011 Myra's story, The Trousseau Box, was chosen as Short Story of the Week by Short Story America.
Recent highlights were a First in NY agent Janet Reid's Writing Contest, a Second in the Cambridge Fiction Award Oct 2015, A Highly Commended accolade in the 2015 Ouen Press International Short Story Competition, a Commendation in the 2015 Tabor Creative Writing Awards and a Pushcart nomination by Boston Literary Magazine.
Myra's YA novel, The Journey Of Velvet Brown, was published in November 2015 by Ginninderra Press. The sequel, The Diaries Of Velvet Brown, was published in 2017 also by Ginninderra Press.
Among other literary magazines and journals she has upcoming (or recent) work in: Rochford Street Review, Orbis, Eclectic Flash, The Valley Review, Red River Review, Fast Forward Press, Boston Literary Magazine, Heron's Nest, Illya’s Honey Journal, San Pedro River Review, Short Story America, Celapene Press, Tuck Magazine,The Foundling Review and The Bohemyth.
As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed writing. I was the only kid in the class who, when told to write an essay, would shout hooray while my classmates were groaning!
Between 1980 and 2005 I wrote articles for several Australian magazines, and, via the internet, I had a fortnightly column in a Florida newspaper. Now I write literary fiction and some genre fiction. In 2010 I was lucky enough to be chosen as a top contender for The Glass Woman Prize.
I have been published/or have upcoming work in Electicism, Battered Suitcase, Red River Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Meat For Tea, Eclectic Flash, eFiction, Foundling Review, The Pages, Heron's Nest, Fast Forward Press, Buzz Words, Melbourne Poets Union, Admit2 and Islet Magazine.
Why do you write?
I need to write to connect with myself and then I need to share, to connect with others.
Any favorite authors? Books?
All the old classics esp anything by Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Eliot.
Other favourite authors: Martina Cole, Bill Bryson, Peter Temple, Paddy O'Reilly, Terry Pratchett, Peter Carey. Roddy Doyle, JP Donleavy, Roald Dahl, Andy Griffiths, Belinda Murrell 's The Lulu Bell series - Stephen King's book, 'On Writing'. Miss Smilla's feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg - Anything by Steinbeck .Tom Keneally's A River Town. Rose Tremain's The Road Home.
Global Short Story Competition (UK) - Where the Kookaburras Laugh - 2008
Ballarat Writers' Short Story Competition - Dust To Water - 2008
Global UK - poetry competition - Empty House - 2011
New York Janet Reid's short story contest - 2013
Second placings, Shortlisted, Commended and Highly Commended
Second in the Cambridge Fiction Awards - Oct -2015 - The Music
Highly Commended 2015 international Ouen Press Short Story Competition - Nothing about Love
EJ Brady Award - short story - Cracked Glass Door - 2007
UK Global Short Story competition - Vegemite Whiskers - 2009 and Men-o-stop- 2010
Rolf Boldrewood - short story competition - Opportunity To Knock - 2008
US Glass Woman Prize Top Contender - The Black Horse - 2010
UK Global Flash Fiction - Air Locked - 2010
Sisters In Crime (SINC) Scarlett Stiletto short story awards - My Brother Brannigan - 2008
JBWB UK - short story competition - Where The Truth Lies - 2009
The Tabor Creative Writing Awards - Of Flies and Friends - 2015
Poetry Master Class finalist and Recital - one on one with Ross Donlon - 2008
Secret Attic - poem - Dragon-fry - 2007
Slippery When Wet - short story competition - Men-O-Stop - 2008
Paying Magazines and Books 1980 - 2013
Short Story America - The Trousseau Box
Getting Hitched Magazine - short stories - Colour Negative and Dust to Water
That's Life Fast Fiction - short story - Small Town Murder
Knowonder US - Children's stories - Christabella The Large Fairy and Christabella Learns to Ride
Rider Magazine - multiple articles
Horse and Rider magazine - multiple articles
Hoofs and Horns magazine - multiple articles
An Eclectic Slice Of Life - Pet Fets and Pot Plants and The Working man's Pandora's Box
Islet magazine - short story - The District Nurse Will Be Here Soon
Short Story Collection by Ginninderra Press - City Paddock
Cyber Rules - Novel - published by Certys UK
Anthologies and Notable Publications
Deakin University Press - Breakfast Ghost and Dust to Water
Best (New) Australian Stories - Vegemite Whiskers
Best of the Global Short Story Competition - Where the Kookaburras Laugh
Melbourne Poets Union - Brown Cased Bakelite and The Readings
Orbis UK - poem - Life's Living
Boston Literary Magazine - fiction and poems including Hospice Nurse and Wrong Side Love
Heron's Nest - New York - haiku
Little Episodes UK - short story - Red Fox Rampant
Ginninderra Press - poems/short fiction including - Owls, Red Vinyl and Debt
and Port Adelaide Seagulls
Bohemyth - Ireland - Photogenic Lens
Eclectic Flash US - short story - Wake Me At Five
Illya's Honey Journal Dallas TX - poem - A Walk in the Park
San Pedro River Review - California - poems - My First Husband and One Gray day
The Valley Review - Massachusetts - short stories - Last Man Standing ,
Too Rich or Too Thin, Conjugation
Battered Suitcase (magazine) US - The Peace There is in Silence
Fields of Gold - Clunes - short story - Beloved My Bess
Shambelurkling - UK - children's story book fund raiser
Rochford Street Review - review.
Short and Twisted - Celapene Press - short story - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Tuck magazine - short story - Little Red
First Refuge - Social Justice - poem - Generations Lost
Long Lists, Mentions and Nominations
Pushcart nomination Boston Literary Magazine - poem - Hospice Nurse - 2013
Reason Brisbane Poetry Competition - Brown Cased Bakelite - 2009
Glass Woman Prize - Short Story - The Darkness of White Noise - 2009