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.

2017 Short Story Award

Earlier this year, my short story, A Single Breath, received the Harold Goodwin Short Story Award at the 2017 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts and will be published in the Festival Anthology, 2017. The Anthology can be purchased from the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts website here. The idea for the story came from an article on ‘super packs’ of wolves terrorising villages in Russia – which either goes to show the way my mind works or how important it can be to read for ideas. Either way, it was fun doing the research on both the wolves and the Evenki people who live in Northern Siberia; which is essentially why I write. Not only is writing fun, it is informative and, at times, rewarding – in the practical sense of the word. If you would like tips on writing or selling short stories, subscribe to my Blog where I will be putting together the most useful advice I’ve been given over the last few years as well as competition details and ideas for getting started.


The story of Eleanor in the ice and cold of Siberia is as controlled as her breathing. All her senses are engaged. A rider approaches: “a jangle of metal, the sigh of wood sliding over snow, a tinkling of bells, animals out of breath and a hoarse human cry”. The tension of the events is understated but very real, the metaphors confronting and layered.’ Dr Jane Downing, Charles Sturt University.

Highly Commended in the 2017 Henry Lawson Society Short Story Award

My short story, Chiyogami Fires, has received Highly Commended in the Henry Lawson Literary Society Awards, Aug 2017. This is a story that feels very close to home due to the constant threat of bushfire during the summer months.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Alan Marshall Short Story Award

My short story, The Light Beneath Her Door, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Alan Marshall Short Story Award. The Alan Marshall Short Story Award (AMSSA), was founded in 1985 and is presented by the Nillumbik Shire Council. Alan Marshall was born in 1902 and is one of Australia’s most well-known writers. His trilogy, I can Jump Puddles, This is the Grass and In Mine Own Heart is the story of his childhood and struggle with disease. The Alan Marshall Short Story competition is only one of many great competitions for writers.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Big Issue Fiction Edition

Shortlisted in the 2016 Alan Marshall Short Story Award

In 2016 my short story, The CWA’s Trip to Peru, was shortlisted in the Alan Marshall Short Story Award. This was a story written from personal experience after working as a volunteer guide inside the Amazon Rainforest, Peru – that melded with an article I read on the Country Women’s Association and the amazing work they do.

2017 Henry Lawson Poetry Award

In 2017, my poem, Drought, received the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Poetry Award and has been published in the Anthology, 2017.

This poem has both the grandeur and delicacy of an almost neoclassical, Augustan elegance – the verse is regular, well-paced and its perspective is both judicious and minutely insightful. It escapes both Romantic affect and ballad simplification. It’s a poem that “thinks” more than “feels”. This is wise, meditative, compelling poetry.’ David Gilbey, President of Booranga Writer’s Centre and author of Pachinko sunset (Island Press, 2016).

Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

My poem, To Drift in Sandstone Folds, won highly commended in the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. There are more of my poems on the Poetry pages of my website.

Children’s Fiction

I also love to write for children. My story, Momo and Hanawas published in the Feb 2017 edition of the School Magazine, the world’s oldest literary magazine for children.

My latest story, Water for Everyone was published in Orbit, August 2017 and featured lovely illustrations by Peter Sheehan.