Karen Hollands

A writer of short stories and novels. 

About Me

I divide my time between working as a teacher-librarian and writing fiction.

I have written an historical novel and am now working on a contemporary novel. I am also currently putting together a collection of short stories.

I have an MPhil in Creative Writing and a PhD in Education.

Getting Noticed

Awards & Publications

Shortlisted in the 2021 Stuart Hadow Short Story Award

Published in The Saturday Paper October 17 2020: https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/node/10574

Awarded third place in the 2019 Southern Cross Short Story competition.

Shortlisted in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards Glendower Emerging Writer Award.

Awarded a place in the 2018 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program.

Awarded a place in the 2018 ACT Writers Centre HARDCOPY Program. 

Published in Kill Your Darlings April 2016 https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/contributor/karen-hollands

Short stories longlisted in national and international competitions.

Completed Work

Place of Shells

Place of Shells is an historical/literary novel that begins in 1944 when fifteen-year-old Matilda is diagnosed with Leprosy and is sent to live at the Peel Island Lazaret in Queensland. 

She slowly adapts to her new environment and finds a way to endure, and even enjoy, the forced isolation. 

However, three years later, an encounter with an outsider ends in trauma and Matilda faces unbearable loss. She is forced to accept that she may never return to the mainland and her family.