Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

Alys Jackson is a poet and short story writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Short Fiction for Adults

Alys’ short fiction and poetry appears in magazines, anthologies and online in Australia, North America and Europe.

In 2019 her short story, The Utter Absence of Everything, was long listed for the Wigleaf 50 Best Short Fiction of 2019.

In 2017, she was awarded the Grenfell Henry Lawson Statuette for Prose and the Harold Goodwin Short Story Award. She has been shortlisted for the Alan Marshall Short Story Award three times.


New Poets 20 – Her debut collection of poetry, Wolf Ghosts, will be published within New Poets 20 alongside Julia Wakefield Houghton and Sharon Faulkes, Friendly Street Poets, 2019.

Children’s Fiction and poetry

Alys’ short fiction and poetry for children has been widely published in magazines in Australia and Europe, including Aquila (UK) and The Caterpillar (Ireland). She is a regular contributor to the School Magazine (Australia), the world’s oldest literary magazine for children.

Children’s Picture Books

The Land Belongs to Me, Big Sky Publishing, 2019.

CBCA SA – Instagram post: A gorgeous book we recommend you add to your collection. Launched today by @jacksonalys local author and poet. ‘The land belongs to me’ Children’s Book Council Awards SA.

‘Who owns our natural world? With a strong, yet simple message we discover the answer in this beautifully-crafted picture book. The story is a thought-provoking delight!’ – Janeen Brian, author of I’m a Dirty Dinosaur.

Hugo’s Runaway Legs, Larrikin House, due for publication in 2020.

Children’s University

In 2017 her website was accredited as a learning destination for the Children’s University., an international charity aimed at providing engaging and innovative educational experiences for children 7 – 14.


Alys is a member of:

Australia East/New Zealand Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – SCBWI

Australian Society of Authors – ASA

Writers SA 

Children's University