Kat Clay is a writer and photographer from Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, she was longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award for her unpublished novel, Victorianoir. Her short story ‘Lady Loveday Investigates’ won three prizes at the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, including the Kerry Greenwood Prize for Best Malice Domestic. Her novella, Double Exposure, was released in print and e-book with Crime Factory and was longlisted for the Davitt Award for Australian women’s crime fiction. In 2015 she was awarded a Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Travel Grant to attend the World Fantasy Convention.
She has been nominated for Aurealis and Ditmar Awards, shortlisted in the SQ Mag Short Story Contest for her horror tale Reef, and received an honorable mention in the Australian Horror Writers Association Shadows Awards for non-fiction criticism. She is represented by Paul Stevens at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Her fiction traverses noir, horror, fantasy and the weird, exploring topics such as sinister cities, psychogeographies and the representation of women in fiction. When she’s tired of being serious, as a devotee of Miss Austen, she delves into social satire. Kat’s non-fiction work has been featured in The Victorian Writer, Literary Traveler, TNT, Travel Weekly, Matador Network and Weird Fiction Review.
Kat holds undergraduate degrees in Media Arts and International Studies, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing from UTS. While studying at university, she completed a year abroad at the Universite de Poitiers, France. She speaks French and is well travelled, having visited over 30 countries, including a year in South Korea. In her spare time she enjoys watching classic movies, playing music, cycling and hiking.
Photography and Video Production
Kat’s video and photographic work has been seen on major news programs, The Age, Herald Sun and local newspapers. In 2012 she was a finalist in Travel Photographer of the Year, New Talent. Her work experience includes video production and digital design for non-profits and commercial businesses. To view her photography portfolio, visit Tropic of Camera.
- Winner – 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards
- The Sun Bookshop Third Prize
- The Kerry Greenwood Malice Domestic Award
- The Athenaeum Library Body in the Library Runner-Up Prize
- Shortlisted – 2017 Aurealis Awards – Best horror story – Reef
- Shortlisted – 2017 AHWA Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction Criticism
- Longlisted – CWA Debut Dagger Award (Top 10 Entries)
- Nominated – Ditmar Award for non-fiction and criticism
- Shortlisted – SQ Mag Short Story Contest – Reef 2017
- Honorable mention – Australian Horror Writers Association Shadows Awards for non-fiction criticism
- Longlisted – Davitt Awards for Australian Womens’ Crime Writing 2016
- Runner up – Mayor’s Urban Ecology Photo Competition 2014
- Winner – “Road Category” Rhino Car Hire Travel Your Way Photo Competition 2013
- Finalist – Travel Photographer of the Year New Talent Category 2012
- Winner – Sydney Morning Herald Snow It All Photography Competition 2010
- Finalist – Abercrombie & Kent Travel Photography Competition 2010
- Shortlisted – Wanderlust and Lipstick travel writing prize 2009
- Winner – Peregrine Travel Photo Competition ‘Active Adventures’ category 2007
- Winner – Newtown Art Awards, New Media 2007
- Finalist – UTS Journalism Awards, New Media 2006
- Semi-Finalist – Nescafe Big Break 2006
- Finalist – Ignite Film Festival 2004
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