wm pubWayne Macauley is a Melbourne writer whose short fiction has been widely published, in ArenaGriffith Review, Island, Meanjin, Overland, Westerly and other magazines. He is a former winner of The Age Short Story Competition and has appeared in the Best Australian Stories and New Australian Stories anthologies. His debut novel, Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, was published by Black Pepper in 2004 to wide acclaim and was included on the Victorian secondary schools’ VCE English reading list. His second novel, Caravan Story, was nominated a 2007 Readings Book of the Year. His third book, Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, was shortlisted for a 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Award. His highly acclaimed novel, The Cook, was released in Australia in 2011 and was subsequently published in Canada, the UK and Turkey. It was listed a fiction book of the year by ABC Radio National, The Australian, Sunday Herald Sun and Readings Bookshop and shortlisted for a Western Australian Premier's Book Award, a Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award. It won the inaugural 2012 Most Underrated Book Award. His 2014 novel, Demons, was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier's Literary Award and nominated a book of the year by Readings Bookshop and The Australian. His 2017 novel, Some Tests, was shortlisted for an Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and nominated a book of the year by Australian Book Review and The Australian. His latest book, Simpson Returns, was shortlisted for a 2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Award and longlisted for the 2020 Voss Literary Prize. Wayne has also worked extensively in the theatre over many years as both writer and dramaturg and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. He lives in Melbourne with his partner, actor and theatre director Susie Dee. They have one daughter.