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Elizabeth Tan Elizabeth Tan i(A69805 works by)
Born: Established: 1988 ;
Gender: Female
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Elizabeth Tan was a student at Kingsway Christian College when she was successful in the 2002 West Australian Young Writers' Contest. She completed her PhD in Creative Writing at Curtin University in Perth. Her work has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. She is a member of the Perth Zine Collective. Her debut novel was published in 2017, and subsequently picked up in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Sources include Dattner, Zoe, and Louise Swinn, eds. "The Goon Squad", The Sleeper's Almanac No. 8, Collingwood: Sleepers Publishing, 2012. Print.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 shortlisted The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers

for ‘Shirt Dresses That Look A Little Too Much Like Shirts So That It Looks Like You Forgot To Put On Pants (Love Will Save The Day)’

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Rubik Surry Hills : Brio Books , 2017 10868527 2017 single work novel fantasy

'Elena Rubik can’t seem to stay dead. She persists: as a set of corneas, as a newsletter subscriber, as a member of fanfiction forums. Her best friend Jules Valentine meanwhile is unwittingly inveigled into an indie-film turned corporate branding stunt. When Jules leaks information about the true story behind the video – by then an overworked viral meme – wannabe investigative reporter April Kuan is assigned the case. But as April trails Jules all over Perth she too becomes ensnared in the machinations of shady corporate interests as the very laws of physics and time begin to bend.

'Rubik is a wide-ranging, brilliantly intertwined novel-in-stories that slip outside the borders of realism. Spotted with disappearances, mysteries and told with a sharp-edged wit and cutting social commentary, it is an original and ingenious reflection of technological anxiety, loneliness and connectivity in the internet age.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Fiction
Coca-Cola Birds Sing Sweetest in the Morning 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: The Best Australian Stories 2016 2016; (p. 155-163) Overland , Autumn no. 222 2016; (p. 48-55)
'B ut Audrey is partial to the Panasonic birds, a cheaper but no less handsome variety; they acknowledge the dawn without extravagance, pip pip pip pip pip, little notes of fixed widths, such deft, even spacing. They are not meant to be here in the city; Audrey suspects they have migrated from Russet Hill, a network over a hundred kilometres away, renowned for wildflowers. The birds have a talent for evasion, as Audrey has never seen them at the reassignment plant; just as well, perhaps, for to crack open such a tender body, to see the inert parts that produce the sound of her dawn - it would surely be an act of violence. Audrey slips into the morning - or perhaps the morning slips into her, like a suggestion, pip pip pip pip pip - opens her eyes to a crisp blue sky, so bleeding-edged in its clarity. It is the kind of sky that reminds her that she was once loved.' (Introduction)
2015 runner-up Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Untitled 2002 single work prose
— Appears in: The West Australian , 3 September 2002; (p. 11)
2002 second The West Australian Young Writers' Contest Group 5: Prose
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