Julia Prendergast is a writer of short and long-form fiction. She lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, on unceded Wurundjeri land. Julia’s novel, The Earth Does Not Get Fat, was published in 2018 and longlisted for the Indie Book Awards for debut fiction. Her short story collection, Bloodrust and other stories, was published in 2022. Julia’s short stories have been recognised and published: Lightship Anthology International Short Story Competition (UK), Ink Tears International Short Story Competition (UK), Glimmer Train International Short Story Competition (US), Séan Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition (IE), TEXT, Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize (AU).
Julia is Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia. She is Associate Professor and Discipline Leader (Creative Writing and Publishing) at Swinburne University. Julia is a practice-led researcher—an enthusiastic supporter of transdisciplinary, open and collaborative research practices, with a particular interest in neuro|psychoanalytic approaches to writing and creativity. Her research has appeared in various publications including New Writing (UK), TEXT (AU), Testimony Witness Authority: The Politics and Poetics of Experience (UK).