Mykaela Saunders

At Glenfern mansion, 2019

Warami. Marhaba. Jingi wallah!

My name is Mykaela Saunders and I’m a Koori/Goori and Lebanese writer, teacher and community researcher. I’ve won prizes for fiction, poetry, life writing and research, my writing has been widely published across forms, genres and disciplines, and my projects have attracted funding and fellowships.

I’m the editor of THIS ALL COME BACK NOW, the Aurealis Award-winning, world first collection of blackfella speculative fiction (UQP).

I’ve worked in Aboriginal education in various capacities since 2003, and taught at the tertiary level since 2012. My research explores my community’s past, present and future.

I’m of Dharug descent and I belong to the Tweed Goori community. I live and work with gratitude on the lands of the Dharug, Kulin, and Bundjalung nations – Sydney, Melbourne, and the northern rivers of NSW.

Awards –


Runner up


  • Peter Blazey Fellowship 2022, Dear Uncle
  • QLA David Unaipon Award 2020, Last Rites of Spring
  • Liminal Fiction Prize 2019, Terranora
  • Peter Carey Short Story Award 2019, Long Road Becoming


Grants & fellowships

  • Macquarie University Fellowship for Indigenous Research 2023
  • Australia Council for the Arts Individual Project Grant 2022
  • The Next Chapter Fellowship 2021
  • Australia Council for the Arts Cherish II Grant 2020
  • EWF At Home Residency 2020
  • Creative Victoria VicArts Grant 2020
  • Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship 2020
  • Grace Marion Wilson Glenfern Fellowship 2019 

© Mykaela Saunders, 2023