Ben Walter

I’m a Tasmanian writer of lyrical, Un-Australian fiction. In recent years, I’ve been one of the nation’s most widely published writers of short stories, and I’m the current fiction editor at Island Magazine.

My stories, essays and poems have been produced for Radio National, and published in Literary Hub (USA), MeanjinThe Guardian, Island, Overland, The Best Australian Science Writing, The Lifted Brow, Southerly, Australian Book Review, The Canary Press, The Big Issue, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings, The Review of Australian Fiction, Antipodes (USA), Cordite Poetry Review, Best Summer Stories (Black Inc.), Mascara Literary Review and Griffith Review,

My debut novel manuscript was shortlisted in the Tasmanian Premiers Literary Prizes. It won the people’s choice component of the prize.

I was the winner of the 2016 John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award, as part of the FAW National Literary Awards. I was runner-up in the 2018 Peter Carey Short Story Award, and in Overland’s Victoria University Short Story Prize for 2016.

Interviews with Me:

Pieced Work, with Clare Carlin.
Tincture Journal, with Daniel Young.

Contact me: 

Professional enquiries: Martin Shaw at the Shaw Agency (

t. @ben_walter