Myra King Profile

Myra King Bio


Myra King lives along the coast of South Australia. She has won the UK Global, the 2018 US Moon Prize and been shortlisted for the The Rolf Boldrewood Award and the Scarlett Stiletto. Among dozens of other literary magazines and journals, her work has appeared in Rochford Street Review, Boston Literary Magazine, the Bohemyth, Islet Magazine, Orbis UK and San Pedro River Review. 

Between 1980 and 2005 Myra wrote for Rural Press Australia, multiple magazines and a fortnightly column in a Florida newspaper.

She currently works for New Wave Riding.


 Myra's short story collection City Paddock, and YA novels, The Journey Of Velvet Brown, andThe Diaries of Velvet Brown, have been published by Ginninderra Press. Her crime thriller, Cyber Rules, was published by Certys UK, and all royalties were donated to Médecins Sans Frontières and in 2017 MacGregor House published Uneasy Castles, a combined collection of many of her previously published and award winning poems and short stories.



Other highlights: First in NY agent Janet Reid's Writing Contest, second in the UK Cambridge Fiction AwardHighly Commended in the UK Ouen Press International Short Story Competition, Commendation in the Tabor Creative Writing Awards, Pushcart nomination by Boston Literary Magazine and shortlisted in the US Glass Woman Prize. Short Story of the Week Short Story America. 




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Myra King

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.  


Writing Credits 




US Moon Prize -2018

Global UK - poetry competition - Empty House 

New York Janet Reid's short story contest - 2013

Global Short Story Competition (UK) - Where the Kookaburras Laugh 

Ballarat  Writers' Short Story Competition - Dust To Water 



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 

UK Global Short Story competition -  Vegemite Whiskers and Men-o-stop

Rolf Boldrewood - short story competition - Opportunity To Knock

US Glass Woman Prize Top Contender - The Black Horse 

UK Global Flash Fiction - Air Locked 

Sisters In Crime (SINC) Scarlett Stiletto short story awards - My Brother Brannigan

JBWB UK - short story competition - Where The Truth Lies

The Tabor Creative Writing Awards - Of Flies and Friends - 2015 



Poetry Master Class finalist and Recital - one on one with Ross Donlon 

Secret Attic - poem - Dragon-fry 

Slippery When Wet - short story competition - Men-O-Stop 


Paying Magazines and Books  1980 - 2018

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  - City Paddock

Cyber Rules - Novel - published by Certys UK

The Journey of Velvet Brown - YA novel - Ginninderra Press

The Diaries of Velvet Brown  YA novel - Ginninderra Press

 Uneasy Castles - short story and poetry collection - MacGregor House.



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