Patricia Poppenbeek

Patricia PoppenbeekPatricia Poppenbeek has had three short romances published in the Romance Writers of Australia annual anthology, Little Gems: ‘Turquoise the cat’ (2009); ‘Segue to Sapphire’ (2013), which also came second in the competition; and ‘Catch of the Day’ (2014). Her YA fantasy, Shadow and Flame, was runner up in the children’s literature/YA section of the 2016 San Francisco Writers Conference competition. One of her two current WIPs, Lady of Roncesvalles, a YA fantasy, was short-listed for the 2009 STALI award by the Romance Writers of Australia and long-listed for the 2010 Hachette Livre competition.

A tall (though short) story called ‘Young Kev’ was published in Tirra Lirra and a vignette titled ‘Tango Lesson, Painted’ was published in the online journal, Tango Australis, in 2012. She won the 2006 Australasian Short Story Award for a literary fantasy called ‘You’, and came second in the 2007 Albury-Wodonga competition with ‘Glass Walls’, a literary short story. A fantasy called ‘The Magician’s Boy’ was published in the Snow Queen edition of online magazine, Timeless Tales, Issue 7, 2016; and a SF version of Sleeping Beauty was published in The Australian Fairy Tale Society ezine, Issue No. 4, June 2017.

She founded the Cartridge Family in 2007, and they won the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2007 anthology award with an anthology that included three of her stories. In 2014 the Cartridge Family won a grant from the City of Melbourne to publish Melbourne Subjective: an anthology of contemporary Melbourne writing, which includes three of her works: a piece of creative nonfiction, ‘The Policeman’s suitcase’; a modernist stream-of-consciousness story, ‘The Crying Woman’; and ‘The Searcher’, an historical short story which might best be classified as anti-romance. She also edited this anthology. See For more details and other examples of her work see