Sean Williams is an award-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of sixty books and over one hundred and twenty short stories for adults, young adults and children. As well as his original fiction, he has contributed to shared universes such as Star Wars and Doctor Who, and collaborated with other authors such as Garth Nix. He is an affiliate of the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and has taught for Clarion South and other institutions. He also composes experimental music under the name "theadelaidean". His latest novel is Honour Among Ghosts, published by Allen & Unwin.
MA (Creative Writing)
PhD (Creative Writing)
Sean is one of Australia’s most-awarded speculative fiction writers. His work has been nominated for the Aurealis Award 30 times in the categories of Science Fiction Novel and Short Story, YA Novel, Children’s Novel, Fantasy Novel, Horror Short Story, and Collection, and 17 times for the Ditmar in the categories of Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Collection, and Professional Achievement. He has also been nominated for the Philip K Dick Award and long-listed for the 2016 Australian Writers’ Guild Prime Time award.
He has received the Peter McNamara Award for services to Australian spec fic and the "SA Great" Award for Literature.
2022 Aurealis Awards (Best Collection) for Little Labyrinths
2021 Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia for Her Perilous Mansion
2021 Patricia Wrightson’s Prize for Young People’s Literature, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for Her Perilous Mansion
2021 Aurealis Awards (Best Children’s Fiction) for Her Perilous Mansion
2020 Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia for Impossible Music
2020 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for Impossible Music
2016 Winner, Aurealis Award, Best SF Short Story for “All the Wrong Places”
2016 Aurealis Award, Best SF Novel for Twinmaker: Fall
2015 Winner, Ditmar Award, Best Novella for “The Legend Trap”
2015 Scribe Award (US), Young Adult Novel for Blood Ties
2011 Scribe Award (US), Best Speculative Original Novel for The Force Unleashed II
2009 Aurealis Award, Best SF Novel for The Grand Conjunction
2009 Aurealis Award, Best YA Novel for The Scarecrow
2008 Ditmar Award, Best Novel for Earth Ascendant
2008 Winner, Aurealis Award, Best Collection for Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams
2008 Aurealis Award, Best SF Novel for Earth Ascendant
2008 Aurealis Award, Best YA Novel for The Changeling
2008 Aurealis Award, Best Children’s Novel for The Changeling
He teaches Creative Writing and (occasionally) Music. He is a Chief Investigator on a Discovery Grant (Creative Antarctica) and from 2023 Discipline Lead of Creative Writing.
In recognition of his teaching and mentorship of new writers, Sean has been nominated for the Ditmar Award in the category of Professional Achievement.
A firm believer in community engagement, Sean Williams has taught as guest lecturer or workshopper in institutions all around the world and been invited to literary festivals and conventions as diverse as Hay-on-Wye Writers’ Festival and San Diego Comic-con. He is one of only two living life members of the SA Writers’ Centre, where he was a long-standing Chair and board member. Other committees on which he has served include the Australian Society of Authors, Adelaide Writers’ Week Advisory Committee (ongoing), Arts SA Literature Assessment Board (Chair 2008), Carclew Youth Arts Project & Development Grant Advisory Committee, Australia Council Literature Board (Peer Assessor 2001), The Big Book Club Inc., and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) (Overseas Regional Director).
He has judged numerous awards, such as the Adelaide Festival Literature Award, Writers of the Future Contest, Somerset National Novella Writing Competition, and the Aurealis Awards.
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