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 debut short fiction collection, “What Fear Was”, is forthcoming with Puncher and Wattmann in 2021.

I’m the author of two previous short books, Below Tree Level and Conglomerate. Conglomerate was published as part of the Lost Rocks series, and shortlisted in the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes. I’ve also been the editor of two anthologies of Tasmanian fiction, I Sleep in Haysheds and Corners, and Seven Stories, and assistant editor of The Abels V.1, a mountain climbing guide. I’ve guest edited for Overland and Communion literary journals.

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 Saturday Paper, 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.

I’ve worked on collaborations and commissions for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, the Red Room Company, The Bett Gallery, Contemporary Art Tasmania, The Herald Sun, The Emerging Writers’ Festival, the Noted Festival, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the Junction Festival, the Tasmanian Writers Festival and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival. I’ve received funding from the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania, and worked as a peer assessor for both. I’ve been Artist in Residence at St Michael’s Collegiate, Digital Writer in Residence for Writing Australia, and participant in the Erica Bell Mentorship Program. I’ve lectured in the creative writing program at the University of Tasmania.

Interviews with Me:

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

Broadcasts of My Work:

“It’s All Happening Here” for Radio National.
“The Economist” for Lockdown Reading Group.

Contact me: 

Professional enquiries: Martin Shaw at Shaw Literary (

t. @ben_walter