by nike, June 3, 2013



Winter’s Tale:

  • Norma K Hemming Award (2020)


  • James Tiptree Jr Award (2014)
  • Norma K Hemming Award (2014)
  • (shortlist) Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Book (2014)
  • (shortlist) IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award (2014)

The Bone Flute:

  • QLD Premier’s Literary Award, Emerging Author
  • (shortlist) Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) Best First Book

What The Sky Knows:

  • (shortlisted) Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards (Early Childhood)
  • (shortlisted) Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards (Picture Book of the Year)
  • (highly commended) APA Design Awards


Winter’s Tale is WONDERFUL. If you have a child in your life, they need this book. Or maybe you need this book. It is the magical story of a child who feels displaced and on the outer, searching for home and belonging.” Lauredhel @ Goodreads

“Sulway writes that a paper Samuel delivers about his late brother’s work seemed “elegant, informed, generous, intelligent” which perfectly encapsulates Sulway’s work in Dying in the First Person. It’s that rare book that is both accessible and sophisticated; and constantly surprising. It will linger in your mind long after you lay it down.” Rebecca Lim on Goodreads

“Sulway’s writing is beautiful and evocative. She forces her readers to slow their pace, to absorb every detail, through her creation of scenes with real-time precision … a book about the complexity of human relationships and the little that children ever really know of their parents’ lives.” Jessica Stewart in the Newtown Review of Books

Dying in the First Person is a moving exploration of grief and identity, as well as a meditation on the power of language and translation.  But it’s very hard to convey just how stunning it is without spoilers.  I’ll just try to do my best…

Samuel and Morgan are twin brothers, separated by more than the oceans that lie between them.  Samuel, whose point-of-view dominates the narrative, has stayed at home in Australia, caring for his widowed mother and living a conventional if lonely life.  Morgan took off after his father’s suicide and has never returned.  His sole contact with his family is to forward his writing for translation by Samuel.   As boys, they had created a fantasy land with its own history and language, and now the continuing Nahum stories are widely read, providing both men with work to do and an income to live on.  But Morgan’s extreme political beliefs have led him to live a nomadic life, and to eschew both possessions and relationships.  His brother Samuel actually knows almost nothing about him.” Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers

“…what impressed me the most about this book was Sulway’s exquisite writing, giving us a text in which every single word appears to have been chosen with care, so that their combination renders what the author wishes to convey with both precision and beauty. There’s a rare pleasure to be had from watching the sentences unfurl on the page, luxuriating in the sensations they evoke in the mind, sights and sounds, smells and feelings … I regard Rupetta as one of the best books I read in 2013.” Peter Tennant, Case Notes, Black Static

“A stunning masterpiece of modern fiction, Rupetta pulls the reader into Sulway’s world, and emotionally engages them in her life and struggles.” Matthew Johns, The British Fantasy Society

Rupetta is a rich, complex work wrapped in an engaging style. It is not a book that can be pigeonholed. It has elements of fantasy, romance and even gothic horror in the mould of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. At the same time, it contains lengthy discussions on questions such as the meaning of knowledge. It is unlike any other book that you will read this year. If nothing else, it deserves a wide readership for the author’s bold ambition and striking feat of imagination.” – The Australian

“Sulway uses rich and evocative prose to pull the reader irresistibly into her tale’s vividly rendered alternate Europe and its centuries of human power struggles. Her profound reflections on human frailty and the price for everlasting life seem as much a bonus as an integral part of its telling.” – Publishers Weekly

“The real treat here is the seamless flow of prose that makes the reading experience utterly unique.” – Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

“…And there are wondrous, moving passages full of lyricism, elegy, wonder and suggestive speculation.  Cherish them as you puzzle out Rupetta’s world and its underlying culture and history.  This is a strangely enchanting, wholly convincing novel.” – Jildy Sauce

Selected Short Works

‘A Song from Bedlam (with apologies to Christopher Smart’ in Liminality, Issue 23, Spring 2020.

‘The Frog’s Prince; or, Iron Henry’ in Interzone, Issue 282. July 2019.

‘All The Things I Kept’ in Cordite Poetry Review, Issue 91: Monster, May 2019.

‘Strange Men’ in Southerly. Issue 78.3: Violence, 2018.

‘Paper Boats’ in TEXT, the journal of writing and writing courses.

‘The BeautifulHusband’ in Social Alternatives. Issue 36.3. You can read a preview here.

‘The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club’ in Lightspeed (November 2016).

  • republished in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (Volume 10). edited by Jonathan Strahan.
  • republished in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2016. edited by Rich Horton

‘Candlewick’ in Fourteen Hills: The San Francisco State University Review. Volume 22. Issue 1.

‘Saltpan’ in Meanjin. Summer 2015.

Dear Tip’ in Letters to Tiptree ed Alisa Krasnostein and published by Twelfth Planet Press, 2015.

‘The Nature of Things’ in Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 13, Issue 4.

‘The Lost Man’ in Southerly. February 2014.

‘The Nature of Things’ was longlisted in the Bridport Prize, 2013.

‘The Fox’s Child’ in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue 54 (ASIM).

‘Her Lover’s Golden Hair’ in Fantasy Magazine. December 2011.

‘Their Golden Daughters’ in Box of Delights. editor John Kenny. Aeon Press, 2011

‘The Stone Child’ in the Myths and Legends: An Anthology, available through Specusphere.

‘The Wine-Dark Sea’ in Kurungabaa. Volume 3. No 2.

‘Gibraltar’ in The Lifted Brow. 2010.

‘Arboretum’ in The Lifted Brow. 2009. (re-published in The Best Of The Lifted Brow, Volume One)

‘The Adventures of Aimery and Quilla.’ The Lifted Brow. October, 2008.

‘Bride of the Deep.’ in The Willows Magazine. June, 2007. (post-published in a slightly different version here)

‘The Secret Cure’ in Touched By Wonder. October, 2007.

‘The Lighthouse Keeper.’ in Fantastical Visions.

‘Juana and the Dancing Bear’ in Shimmer. Volume 2, Issue 2. Winter 2007.

  • Reprinted in Best of Shimmer, edited by E Catherine Tobler (May, 2020)

‘A Feather on the Breath of God.’ in Eat Books. March, 2007. [This was the short story, written at Clarion South, which was the ‘seed story’ for Rupetta]

‘Salt’ in Hidden Desires. Charnwood, ACT. Gininderra Press, 2006: 218-233.

True Love’ in Anti-SF. June, 2006.

‘Elephant.’ in The Courier Mail. September 24, 2005.

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