Dr Melanie Pryor

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Melanie Pryor is a Creative Writing PhD candidate whose thesis is currently under examination. Her research project, comprised of a travel memoir entitled Salt Marks, and an accompanying critical exegesis, examines gender, embodiment and wildness in contemporary memoirs about place. Melanie teaches in Creative Writing and English Literature, and is a member of Flinders University's Life Narrative Research Group.

Melanie is a Co-Founder of The Hearth, an Adelaide-based creative readings event. Her personal essays and literary fiction have been published in Meanjin, Overland, Southerly, and Lip, and her academic writing in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.


2012 – B.A. (Hons) – First Class

Honours, awards and grants

2017 – Highly commended in the AAWP Chapter One Prize

2016 – EHL Competitive Postgraduate Conference/Workshop Grant Allocation

2015 – Second place in the Overland Story Wine Prize

2014 – EHL RHD Project Funding

2014 – Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant

2014 – Australian Postgraduate Award (2014 - present)

2013 – Joint winner of the Future Leaders’ Questions Writing Prize

2012 – Chancellor's Letter of Commendation

2012 – University Medal

2012 – Shortlisted for Young-Writer-in-Residence at the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers’ Centre

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