Awards and Publications
M.J. Reidy is Australia's "next writing superstar."
First prize, KSP Short Fiction Awards for 'How to Kondo', judged by Holden Sheppard ( author of Invisible Boys, winner of the Hungerford Prize and shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards) KSP Writers Centre. December 2020.
"The writing is tight and so intelligent; the tension constant, the voice so authentic. It is a brilliant subversion of the demi-religion that is Marie Kondo, depicting the end of a toxic relationship and the narrator’s rise into self-determination. It is equal parts sad, clever and very funny. This is now one of my favourite short stories – not just from this competition, but ever." - Holden Sheppard, K.S.P. Writers' Centre Short Fiction Awards.
Elle Australia's national short story competition winner 2017 - 'Nulliparous.'
Judged by Michael Williams from the Wheeler Centre, Vanessa Radnidge from Hachette and Zoe Foster Blake.
"A thought-provoking and potent examination of grief and longing."
Longlisted, Masters Review Summer Short Story Award (U.S.) 2019
Shortlisted, Newcastle Short Story Prize 2020. 'Man Versus Fish.' Judged by Khalid Warsame and Laura Elvery. Published in the Newcastle Short Story Prize anthology 2020.
Finalist (Commended), Newcastle Short Story Prize 2018
Judged by Ryan O'Neill and Isabelle Li. 'Dachshunds on antidepressants'. Published in NSSP anthology, performed at Lit Live, Centre for Stories, Perth (W.A.) in 2018.
Panellist at the Australian Short Story Festival, Perth (Western Australia.) October 2018
Monologue 'My Secret Affair with Dame Edna' performed at Studio MV, Petersham (Sydney) for the Voices of Women Monologue Adventures Project.
Longlisted (Novella 'One Starry Voice') , The Wheeler Centre's Next Chapter fellowships. Judged by Benjamin Law, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ellen Van Neervan. (2018.)
Winner, Society of Women Writers National Short Story Competition ''This is How a Voice Sounds.' 2015. Published in INK3 and Award Winning Australian Writing.
Winner, Wyong Poetry Slam heats for Australian Poetry Slam, for monologue 'Post-modern Cinderella.'
Finalist, Australian Poetry Slam NSW state finals, Sydney Dance Lounge, Walsh bay, Sydney. Monologue titled: 'Sssh'
Winner, Melaleuca Blue's short story category 'Ventolin'. (Memoir)
Runner up/ finalist, ABC's Pocketdocs national competition.
'From a Koel's call to a Hummingbird's flight.' ( memoir)
Longlisted, Grieve anthology. 'Dog Bite.' Hunter Writers Centre Grieve Project. 2014.