Brisbane Headshot Photograph by Sheona Beach

Fiona Robertson writes short fiction and works as a doctor. She was born in Canada, and spent her early childhood in both Canada and the US, but now lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and children.

Her first short story collection, If You’re Happy, was recently shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the 2022 Queensland Literary Awards. It also won the Glendower Award in the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards and was shortlisted for the 2018 Richell Prize (in an earlier version).

If You’re Happy was released on February 1st, 2022 (University of Queensland Press). It is available via UQP and in bookshops such as Avid ReaderRiverbend BooksBooks@Stones Dymocks Brisbane and Mary Ryan New Farm, Readings bookstoresFullers Bookshop (Hobart) and many other independent bookstores around Australia.

If You’re Happy can also be ordered through Booktopia and other online bookstores.


review in The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age by Owen Richardson

review in The Canberra Times by Jessica Oliver

review by author Cass Moriarty

review by Keeping Up With The Penguins

review by author Maureen Helen

review in Compulsive Reader by critic and writer Leila Lois

review in ArtsHub by journalist Paula Thompson

review in The Au Review by author Emily Paull


Words and Nerds with Dani Vee podcast

Ashley and James Stay at Home podcast

‘If You’re Happy to Travel’ on PaperbarkWords (Joy Lawn’s website)

‘Walking Away for Inspiration’ – in Writers in the Attic series by author Louise Allan

Q&A with author Jodi Gibson (Just Published series)

‘7 Top Tips for Writing Short Stories’ – guest post on WordMothers

‘What I’m Reading’, Meanjin

‘What I’m Borrowing’, State Library of Qld

UQP Writer’s Room: Fiona Robertson

Instagram: @FionaRRobertson

Twitter: @FionaRRobertson

Competition placings/short & longlistings:

Longlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Winner of the 2020 Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer at the Queensland Literary Awards.

Shortlisted for the 2020 Cambridge Short Story Prize

Longlisted for the 2019 Mslexia Short Story Competition 

Highly commended in the 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers (Hachette).

Shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Margaret River Short Story Competition.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Fish Short Story Prize.

Highly commended in the 2015 Boroondara Literary Awards.

2nd prize in the Launceston, Tasmania Literary award in October 2015.

1st prize in the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts 2014 Literary short story competition.


Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship in 2017.


‘Boxing Day’ in Island Online, July 2021.

‘Tempest’ in TSS Publishing, January 2021.

‘A Shift in the Ice’ in adda, magazine of Commonwealth Writers, July 2020.

‘A Slow Exhalation’ in the Thrill Me anthology (Glimmer Press), March 2020.

‘All This Beauty’ in the Newcastle Short Story Award Anthology 2019

‘Descent’ in Pigface and other stories in June 2018 (Margaret River Press) and again in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2019.

‘Christmas Party’ in Kill Your Darlings in February 2017.

‘The Ground Beneath’ in Gargouille, Issue 3 (2015), and also in the 2015 Boroondara Literary Awards anthology.

‘The Drive-In’ in The Suburban Review, December 2014.


Fiona was a reader for The Masters Review in 2020.

7 thoughts on “About

    • Hi Carmel, thank you so much for letting me know – it looks like a wonderful opportunity. And congratulations on your new collection The Dead Aviatrix. I’m looking forward to reading it!

      • Thank you so much! I definitely prefer paperback for my short stories, are they only in Brick and Mortar stores? We sadly only have a Barnes and Noble in my area, but if they’re there, I’ll check next time I’m there!😊 And will definitely check this link, thanks so very much!

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