Cate Kennedy

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Cate Kennedy
ResidenceBenalla, Victoria, Australia
OccupationWriter, poet and teacher of creative writing, editor
Known forShort stories

Cate Kennedy is an Australian author based in Victoria. She graduated from University of Canberra and has also taught at several colleges, including The University of Melbourne.[1] She is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. It was also shortlisted for The Age fiction prize 2010 and the ASA Barbara Jefferis Award 2010, among others. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has twice won The Age Short Story Competition and has appeared in a range of publications, including The New Yorker. Her collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Cate is also the author of the travel memoir Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. Her latest book is The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems by Cate Kennedy, which was published in May 2011 and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry.[2]


  • 2013: Steele Rudd Award. Winner for Like a House on Fire
  • 2013: The Stella Prize. Shortlisted for Like a House on Fire
  • 2011: Victorian Premier's Literary Awards CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry
  • 2004: IP Picks. Winner for Joyflight
  • 2004: Ginninderra Press Short Story Competition. Winner
  • 2002: The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize for Signs of Other Fires
  • 2001 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Highly Commended for Signs of Other Fires
  • 2000 & 2001: The Age Short Story Award
  • 1997: ANUTECH Literary Prize. Short Story Winner for White Flight
  • 1996 & 1997: HQ/HarperCollins Short Story Competition. Shortlisted
  • 1994 & 1995: Scarlett Stiletto. Winner

Other awards: The Herald/Sun Short Story Award

The 2007 Sisters in Crime Scarlett Stiletto Awards include a category named for Kennedy: "The Cate Kennedy Award for Best New Talent ($350)"


Poetry, short story collections[edit]

  • Like a House on Fire, (Scribe, 2012) Kennedy, Cate (2012), Like a house on fire, Brunswick, Vic. Scribe, ISBN 978-1-922070-06-7
  • The Taste of River Water, (Scribe, 2011) ISBN 978-1-921844-00-3
  • Signs of Other Fires, (Five Islands Press, c2001) ISBN 0-86418-728-9
  • Joyflight (Interactive Press, 2004) ISBN 1-876819-26-X API review
  • Dark Roots, (Scribe, 2006) ISBN 1-920769-99-4 review
  • Crucible and Other Poems, (Picaro Press, 2006)

Short stories[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Cold snap 2006 ???
Doisneau's kiss 2014 Kennedy, Cate (September 2014). "Doisneau's kiss". Australian Book Review. 364: 54–57.





  1. ^ Kizilos, Katherine (22 August 2005). "The richer, the poorer". The Age.
  2. ^ "Cate Kennedy". Scribe Publications web site.

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