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. My debut short fiction collection, “What Fear Was”, is forthcoming with Puncher and Wattmann in early 2022.

I’m the current fiction & online editor at Island Magazine. 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 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. Together with Jane Rawson, I edited Breathing Space, a collection of essays, stories and poems reflecting on Tasmanian relationships with nature.

My stories, essays and poems have been produced for Radio National, and published in Lithub (USA), Meanjin, Guardian Australia, Island, Overland, Dark Mountain (UK), New Australian Fiction, The Best Australian Science Writing, The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Southerly, Australian Book Review, The Canary Press, The Canberra Times, 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 Premier’s Literary Prizes. It won the people’s choice component of the prize. I’ve won the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award, as part of the FAW National Literary Awards, and the Henry Savery Short Story Award. I’ve been runner-up in the Peter Carey Short Story Award, and Overland’s Victoria University Short Story Prize.

I’ve guest edited for Overland and Communion literary journals, and worked on collaborations and commissions for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, the Red Room Company, The Bett Gallery, Contemporary Art Tasmania, The Herald Sun, The Monash University Museum of Art, The Emerging Writers’ Festival, the Noted Festival, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the Junction Festival, the Wild Island Gallery, 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 and Digital Writer in Residence for Writing Australia. I’ve lectured in the creative writing program at the University of Tasmania.

Interviews with Me:

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