I’m an Australian writer, researcher and educator.

Dominic Amerena

Over the past decade, my fiction, criticism, essays and journalism have been widely published and anthologised, in places like: The Saturday Paper, Axon, OverlandNillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020Sydney Review of BooksIslandBest Australian Short Stories, Australian Book Review, Slow Canoe, The Newcastle Short Story AnthologyKill Your DarlingsThe AustralianThe Lifted BrowThe Sydney Morning HeraldFirefliesThe AgeMeanjin, Antithesis, The Guardian, and Vice.

You can read some of my writing in full here.

In 2022 I was a Hawthornden Fellow, finishing the manuscript for my first novel. In 2021, I won the inaugural Speculate! Prize for an unpublished manuscript for the same novel. I was also the recipient of an Australia Council Grant to develop the manuscript. I was also long-listed for both The Commonwealth Writers Story Prize 2021 and the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Award.

In 2020, I won the bi-annual Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2020, for ‘Show Don’t Tell’; in 2019 I placed third in the Newcastle Short Story Award, for ‘Small Acts of Love and Devotion’. I was a 2018 Felix Meyer Scholar, travelling to Kenya for the Summer Literary Seminar, studying under the American essayist Lynne Tillman. In 2017 I was runner-up in the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, for ‘The Leaching Layer’, and was highly commended in 2016 for ‘Help Me Harden My Heart’, a story which was subsequently anthologised in the final edition of Best Australian Stories. I was a 2016 RG Wilson Scholar.

Since 2019, I’ve been a PhD candidate at the University of RMIT, researching representations of precarity in the contemporary novel.