Jem Tyley-Miller is an emerging writer from regional Victoria whose stories have been shortlisted for many awards, including the Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey and the Margaret River Short Story Prize. In 2018, Jem was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and in 2020 her novel Gone From My Sight was longlisted for the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award. Her short stories have been published in Meanjin, Overland and We’ll Stand in that Place and Other Stories, and Jem has been a guest blogger for both Readings and Margaret River Press.
Earlier this year, Jem was accepted into the Curtis Brown Creative selective-entry novel-writing intensive in the UK to work on a new manuscript. That manuscript, The Ledger of Abandoned Stories, was recently longlisted for the 2021 Bath Novel Prize, and Jem has just completed the second draft. While she lets that manuscript sit, Jem plans to start on a third crime story set on Victoria’s rugged shipwreck coast.
Jem’s stories are best described as murder mysteries that bleed into other genres. She is a big fan of both fabulism and magic realism and loves stories where these elements crossover into the crime genre.
Jem is the co-founder of the Peter Carey Short Story Award and divides her spare time between organising the awards and hanging out with her three children and partner in Bacchus Marsh. Jem works casually in film and TV directing extras to fund her very serious writing habit, although if it were possible she would write all the time.