Short Fiction

Helen Lowe

Helen Lowe

Short Fiction

My first short stories were published and broadcast when I was 16 — Vanessa on Radio New Zealand and Swagger Jim in the Waikato Times newspaper. But it was some time later  before I published another short story. Cold Cass appeared in Home: New Short Short Stories by New Zealand Writers (Random House New Zealand) in 2005. Also in 2005, The Brother King was shortlisted for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award (USA) and published by Carve magazine in its September edition. In March 2006, The Brother King was published again, this time in The Best of Carve Magazine (Volume 6).

2005 was also the year that I was awarded a New Zealand Society of Authors / Creative New Zealand Mentorship for Emerging Writers and was privileged to work with Owen Marshall, New Zealand's foremost contemporary short story writer.

Since that time I have had a number of other stories placed in competitions, published in Takahe literary journal and Borderlands (Western Australia), and accepted for publication and/or broadcast by Radio New Zealand, Bravado literary journal and the espressofiction@school programme (Australia).

Look the under Other Writing: Short Fiction button, above, to read samples of my work.

Short Fiction Bio:


The Fountain published in Tales for Canterbury, Random Static Press


Of My Mother, High Noon in the Tropics, And Lemon Self-Saucing, Chocolate Steamed Pudding published in Narratives with Nosh, Tauranga Writers, October 2009 (creative non-fiction)

Heartland published in Bravado 15

Ithaca (published JAAM 26) and Red Earth (published Borderlands 10) both nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award (Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) in the category of "Best Short Story".


Ithaca published in JAAM 26. Read the review of JAAM 26 in the Otago Daily Times Belle Lettres column here

The Walk Home broadcast by Radio New Zealand (Nine to Noon), 1 July 2008

Red Earth published in Borderlands 10 (Australia)


Making Sense, Highly Commended, the Bronwyn Tate Memorial Short Story Competition

The Walk Home, Highly Commended, South Island Writers' Association Biennial Short Story Competition; purchased for broadcast by Radio New Zealand

Heartland, Highly Commended, Thames International Writers' Short Story Competition

Consequences, accepted for publication (2008) in Espresso Fiction @ School by Espresso Fiction (Australia)

The Spit, published in Takahe (61) literary magazine

The Glory Well, Commended, Writers of the Future Competition (USA)

Looking Back, published in Takahe (60)


The Spit, Runner Up, NZ Society of Authors (Auckland) Literary Competition

The Brother King, selected for The Best of Carve Magazine, published March 2006

The Walk Home, shortlisted for the Aoraki Short Story Award 2005-2006


Recipient, NZ Society of Authors/ Creative New Zealand Mentorship for Emerging Writers

Cold Cass, selected out of 900 submissions for inclusion in a New Zealand anthology of short short fiction; published in, Home: New Short Short Stories by New Zealand Writers, (Random House NZ) October 2005.

The Brother King, short-listed for the 2005 Raymond Carver Short Story Award (USA) published in Carve e-zine (Volume 6, No. 5), September 1, 2005