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 teenage children.

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

If You’re Happy is published by University of Queensland Press, and will be released on February 1st, 2022. It is available for pre-orders through UQP, via local bookshops, or through Booktopia and other online bookstores.

Instagram: @FionaRRobertson

Twitter: @FionaRRobertson


‘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.

Competition placings/short or 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.


Fiona was thrilled to be a reader for The Masters Review in 2020.

7 responses to “About

  1. Thank you for your kind response to Rose of Jericho, Fiona. Do you know about this award? I think entries close at the end of April. https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2017/10/26/97658/spineless-wonders-tablo-slv-to-launch-carmel-bird-digital-literary-award/

    • 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!

  2. Hi Fiona thank you for following The Book Podcast, good to have you along. Rosemary

  3. Hi Rosemary, I just recently discovered your podcast, but I really enjoy your thoughtful interviews. Thanks for stopping by here 🙂

  4. Do you have a newsletter so I can find out when your short stories are published? Short stories are my favorite!

    • Hi Kaitlyn, thanks so much for stopping by. No I don’t have a newsletter & now I’m thinking maybe I should! But to be honest, most of my stories are in print anthologies or print journals, not online, so there’s no link available. Here is one that can be read online: https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/article/christmas-party/
      All the best with your writing, and with your book coming out next year!

      • 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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