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 Award, Highly Commended in the UK Ouen Press International Short Story Competition, Commendation in the Tabor Creative Writing Awards, a Pushcart nomination by Boston Literary Magazine and shortlisted in the US Glass Woman Prize. Short Story of the Week Short Story America.
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.
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