Alison Quigley was a former national gold medalist in artistic gymnastics before securing a journalism cadetship and working around Australia for various independent newspapers. In her early twenties she turned freelance and sailed around the world, writing occasional stories for sailing magazines and newspapers. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Philosophy (Creative Writing) from the University of Queensland.

She has written several award-winning short stories, served for three years on the management committee of the Sunshine Coast Literary Association, and has completed four novel-length manuscripts, set in regions and countries as varied as West Australia, Brisbane, Montreal, and Iran.

Her protagonists seek psychological mastery of their environment – whether it’s coming to terms with an identical twin sister who has schizophrenia (Crazy about Cakes), finding a way to rescue a child from an abusive tyrannical father (The Hope Nest) or a middle-aged mother’s comeback into the teenage world of gymnastics (Flip the Thought).

Professional awards

Short Story Awards

  • 2005 Highly Commended, Short Story Category, Sunshine Coast Writers’ Group
  • 2005 Winner Poberay Award , Cooktown Writers Group
  • 2005 Commended, Short Story Category, Shoalhaven Literary Award
  • 2005 Winner, Short Story Category, SA Stumpy Festival
  • 2010 Highly Cded, Short Story Category, Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers
  • 2013-14 The Deception was long listed for UK-based Fish Publishing’s international short story award

Manuscript awards

  • 2013 Varuna Fellowship Crazy About Cakes
  • 2013 Mslexia Longlist for In Two Minds
  • 2014 ASA Mentorship, Garry Disher. Crazy About Cakes
  • 2015 Mslexia Longlist for Crazy About Cakes 
  • 2014 Winner, Varuna PIP program Crazy About Cakes
  • 2016 ASA Mentorship, Julie Chevalier The Hope Nest
  • 2018 Spotlight First Novel Competition One Small Character Flaw (now Flip the Thought.)

Involvement in the wider writing community

Queensland Writers’ Centre regional representative on the Regional Writers Reference Group; former executive on the Sunshine Coast Literary Association (SCLA); Member and workshop participant Queensland Writers’ Centre; Member of the Australian Society of Authors; critique partner and manuscript appraiser for various local writers, including Taryn Bashford and Elizabeth Kasmer, each Varuna fellowship winners, with the latter author securing the 2016 Queensland Emerging Writers’ Award.

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