Sandra Arnold holds a MLitt (High Distinction) and a PhD In Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia.
She is the author of three books: Sing No Sad Songs: Losing a daughter to cancer (Canterbury University Press, 2011); Tomorrow's Empire (Horizon Press, 2000); A Distraction of Opposites (Hazard Press, 1992).
Her short fiction has been broadcast on National Radio, published in Landfall, Sport, Takahe, Meniscus, Fictive Dream, Words for the Wild, Fairlight Books, Foliate Oak, X-RAY Literary Magazine, Unlikely Stories, Potato Soup Journal and anthologised in The Best New Zealand Fiction 4, Dreadlocks, Other Voices, Antipodes New Writing, Vital Writing 1, Nuestra Voz, Sleep is a Beautiful Colour (UK National Flash Fiction Day, 2017), Fresh Ink (Cloud Ink Press, 2017), Retreat West Books 2018 Anthology and Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, NZ, 2018).
Her essays have appeared in Corpus, Deep South, Social Alternatives vol 31, Atlas 1,The Spinoff, Connotation Press, Night Garden Journal, TSS Publishing.
Her academic research on parental bereavement has been published in The Australasian Association of Writing Programmes Conference Proceedings (2010), TEXT 14 (2010), TEXT 14 Special issue 7 (2010), TEXT 13 (2009) and Research into 21st Century Communities (Post Pressed, Australia, 2007).
She won the Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary in 1989 and in the same year co-founded Takahe with David Howard and was its fiction editor from 1989 to 1995. She was the recipient of the 2014 Landfall/Otago University Press/Seresin Writing Residency and the winner of the 2015 New Zealand Heritage Week Short Story Competition. She was short-listed for the 2016 Grimshaw-Sargeson Fellowship and was an honourable contender for the 2016 Bristol Prize. She was a finalist in the 2018 Mslexia Flash Fiction competition and second in the 2017 University of Sunderland Short Story Award. Her story, Favouretta Pratt (Fictive Dream) was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize, The Scent of Lemons (Flash Frontier) for the 2017 Best Small Fictions and The Golden Balloon (Cloud Ink Press) for the 2018 Best Small Fictions. Her flash fiction won second place in the June 2016 Flash 500 competition and the September 2016 Zero Flash competition.
Her flash fiction has been published in Jellyfish Review, Flash Frontier, The Linnet's Wings, Flashflood (2016), The Story Shack, Fewer than 500, Fictive Dream, Headland, Zero Fiction, Olentangy Review, We are a Website, North and South, Spontaneity, The Baby Shoes Project, Spelk, The Incubator, Firefly, The Airgonaut, The Flash Fiction Press, Alluvia, Blue Five Notebook, Lagan Online (NFFD Feature), Connotation Press, Dime Show Review, Peacock Journal, Flashflood (2017, 2018), Foxglove, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, 10.1 (2017), New Flash Fiction Review, The Creative Process, With Painted Words, Lost Balloon, Night Garden Journal, Wordlife, Bending Genres, Popshot Quarterly, The Drabble, Meniscus, Former Cactus, Blue Fifth Review Fall Quarterly, Tales from the Forest, 100 Word Story, The Sunlight Press, JMWW, Here Comes Everyone.
She has worked as an editor, book reviewer, PhD examiner, literary judge, reviewer of academic papers and has been an invited speaker to conferences and literary festivals.
She is a member of the International Advisory Board and a guest editor for Meniscus Literary Journal (Australasian Association of Writing Programs). She was an Executive member of the Australasian Association of Writing Programmes, 2009 - 2012; Chairperson of the Canterbury Branch of New Zealand Society of Authors, 1993 - 1994; Executive Member of the National Council of NZSA 1987 - 1990.
She lives in rural North Canterbury with her husband, alpacas, hens and dog. In 2019 her third novel, Ash is forthcoming from Makaro Press, NZ and her flash fiction collection Soul Etchings from Retreat West Books, UK. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
- Adult Fiction
- Adult Non-Fiction
- Short stories
North Canterbury, New Zealand