Rebecca Fraser: Writer and Moonlighter
Mild mannered copy writer and editor by day; coffee-toting author of award-winning fiction for children and adults by night...
Welcome! I’m an award-winning Melbourne-based author, with a solid career of writing with influence across a variety of mediums. I’ve been ‘writing and moonlighting’ for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s writing the first draft of a shiny new story, or helping other writers polish their own works, there’s nothing I like better than fiddling around with words.
My genre-mashing fiction for children and adults has won, been shortlisted for, and honourably mentioned for numerous awards and prizes including the Aurealis, Australian Shadows, Ditmars, and Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor’s Writing Award. To date, my traditionally-published works include three middle grade novels, a speculative short story collection, and over sixty short stories, poems, and articles in numerous Australian and international anthologies, journals, and magazines.
From professional copy writing and SEO-rich content writing to freelance articles, academic writing, copy editing and proofreading, I’ve been word wrangling on a professional level for years; however, my true passion lies in storytelling. I’m equally passionate about sharing my skills and knowledge, and after several years of mentoring beginner writers and helping emerging writers achieve their creative dreams, in 2017 I launched StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops for aspiring writers of every age and ability.
I actively engage in various writing communities and share the supportive, nurturing, and professional ethos they embrace. I’ve served as a convenor and on the judging panel of nationally-recognised literary competitions, and delivered author talks and workshops at schools, literary festivals, libraries, and community centres, in both physical and online capacities.
And finally, as one of the Directors of the nationwide youth writing competition Little Stories, Big Ideas, I’m proud to help provide and promote a literary platform that allows ‘Generation Next’ to raise their literary voices and express their ideas and creativity about topics that matter to them.
Awards and Honours
2022 Finalist – Ditmar Awards – Best Collected Work
2022 Finalist – Ditmar Awards – Best Novella / Novelette
2022 Finalist – Aurealis Awards – Best Fantasy Novella
2022 Finalist – Australian Shadows Award – Long Fiction Category
2022 Finalist – Australian Shadows Award – Poetry Category
2021 Due South – Winner of Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor’s Writing Awards
“Brilliant! What pace and cracking telling, this author is absolutely a natural storyteller and we predict great, epic sagas in their future. This is quite possibly the next great Australian novel!” (Judge’s comments)
2021 Yelah – Winner of Farrells Bookshop 2021 National Writing Competition
2021 Ambassador for Australia Reads
2021 The AVM Initiative – Microflix Film Festival Competition
2020 Recipient of Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant
2019 The Middle of the Night – Finalist, Australian Shadows Awards
2018 Hermit 2.0 Highly Commended – Somers Paper Nautilus Short Story Competition
2014 The AVM Initiative Honourable Mention – Australian Horror Writers Association Competition
2011 The Coral Sea Monster (A Prana Writers collaboration) WABIAD – Eastern States Winner and National Winner, Best Book Open Category (Australia)
Proud member of
Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA / VIC Branch)
Australian Society of Authors
Children’s Book Council of Australia
Peninsula Writers’ Club (Vice President 2020-22)
Australian Horror Writer’s Association 2006 – Current (Committee Member, 2012-13)
Science Fiction Poetry Association
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On the Mornington Peninsula, I’m fortunate to live, write, work, and play on Bunurong / Boon Wurrung Land. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, and pay my respect to their elders: past, present, and emerging. I extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.