Selected Writing

Symes, M. (2022). Review of ‘Hollow Earth’ by John Kinsella [Review of the book Hollow Earth by John Kinsella]. Retrieved from

Symes, M. (2020). A voice from our past tells us how to put the fires out: George Seddon’s ‘Selected Writings’ [Review of the book George Seddon: Selected Writings, edited by Andrea Gaynor]. Retrieved from

Symes, M. (2019). A new map of the world. Winning Writers. Retrieved from 

Symes, M. (2019, July 7). Michelle Symes: Into the unknown; writing from quiet, [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Symes, M. (2019). There is a wonderful game. Westerly, 64 (1), 185.

Symes, M. (2016). Love. Review of Australian Fiction, 20 (6).

Burchall, G., & Symes, M. (1996, November 18). Anger takes gloss off Shine. The Age, pp.1.

Symes, M. (1996, 21 November). Turning David’s key. The Age, pp.12.



      • 2020 Jill Bradshaw Scholarship Award recipient from the Graduate Women WA ($3,000)
      • 2019 Honorable Mention in US Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest for short story submission, from Winning Writers, awarded online publication and $150 (First prize was $3,000).
      • 2020-2019 Katherine Susannah Pritchard (KSP) Edition Retreat, from WA’s KSP, awarded weekend workshop retreat with Dr Laurie Steed, and over a year a series of exclusive workshops by industry to nurture publication pathways for writers, valued at an estimated $1,000.
      • 2019 KSP Foundation Fellowship to support PhD manuscript, from WA’s KSP and the Varuna National Writing House, awarded one-week retreat at each writing facility, valued at $1,500.
      • 2018 Westerly Writer’s Development Program, from the WA journal Westerly, to support the development of a short story for publication, awarded a mentor, afternoon workshop, $400, and career advice from the Westerly Editors, value at an estimated $1,000.
      • 2017 long-listed for WA Margaret River Short Story Award by Margaret River Press, with first prize valued at $1,000.
      • 2016 short-listed for Victorian Alan Marshall Story Award by Nilumbik Shire Council, Victoria, first prize valued at $2,000.
      • 2016 Honourable mention in WA’s KSP Short Story competition, valued at estimated $600.