DWOA maintains three lists of diverse Australian writers: a private database for diversity count purposes, a limited-distribution list updated and sent yearly to media and arts organisations, and an online database available to the public, which you will find below.

Authors are listed alphabetically, but you can also sort by areas of interest or search the database.

If you are from, raised in or living in Australia and are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer, a writer of colour, an LGBTQI writer or a writer with a disability, please consider registering to one of our lists.

Antonia Hayes

Antonia Hayes is an Australian writer who grew up in Sydney, spent her twenties in Paris, and currently lives in San Francisco. She is the author of the novel Relativity (Penguin Australia, 2015; Simon &…

Arjun Rajkhowa

I am a PhD researcher at La Trobe University. My thesis focuses on emergent social movements in South Asia. It examines the manner in which the media have covered, responded to, assessed and framed…

Creatrix Tiara

I'm Creatrix Tiara. My life philosophy is to sign up for anything that looks interesting – mostly leading to writing, performing, producing, researching, presenting, volunteering, managing, and…

Kate Morell

Hearing and vision impaired. Oh, and going blind too. I know! Nothing ordinary about me. Write to make sense of it all. (Could take a while!)

Kevin Bathman

Kevin Bathman is a social entrepreneur, designer, communications specialist, event curator, storyteller, writer and social change advocate. With over 15 years in the mainstream advertising, marketing…

Liyan Gao

Liyan Gao is a Masters candidate at Monash University, doing their research project on the significance of myth within politics.

Magan Magan

I am a writer and poet. I have been writing for some time now, and have read my work at the National Gallery of Victoria, Next Stop Melbourne and Federation Square, the latter in memory of Nelson…

Marisa Wikramanayake

I am a freelance journalist, writer and editor. I published my first book at 17, have lived on three different continents, been in ground zero of a bomb blast twice and am currently hibernating in…

Marziya Mohammedali

Marziya Mohammedali is a wordsmith, photographer, designer and artist; working for social justice through multidisciplinary creative practices. She has written for The New Inquiry, Awaaz magazine and…

Melanie Cheng

Melanie is a writer, mum and general practitioner. She grew up in Hong Kong but now calls Melbourne home. She writes in ten minute bursts between chopping veggies, folding washing and watching…

Pearl Zhang

Pearl Zhang is a 19-year-old freelance animator from Canberra, currently based in Denmark. Her interests include making comedic cartoons, writing live-action sketches, looking up pictures of dogs and…

Rashida Murphy

I am a writer, poet and editor living in Perth. In 2015 I completed a PhD in Writing and my novel, The Historian's Daughter, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Prize in Scotland. I am the…

Rihana Ries

Rihana is a Melbourne-based writer and editor, and the founder of DWOA. Her short fiction has appeared in Above Water, VoiceworksSleepers Almanac and Visible Ink. In 2008 she won the University of…

Tanith Chippendale

I'm Tanith; I'm currently a law and journalism student that loves to write poetry, short stories, review and opinion pieces. I am a fervent advocate for human rights and love all things music,…