Since 2017, Liminal has published and showcased some of Australia’s most exciting new voices. With its dedication to Asian-Australian writers, the platform is an antidote to the whiteness of Australian publishing. The inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize expanded this brief to writers of colour, producing a longlist that challenged genre and political conventions alike. Liminal founder Leah Jing McIntosh, who edited the Collisions: Fictions of the Future anthology springing from the prize, speaks with contributors Naima Ibrahim, Mykaela Saunders, Bryant Apolonio and Eda Gunaydin.
Naima Ibrahim (Australian)
Naima is a Sydney-based fiction writer with a degree in Education from Charles Sturt University. She has previously been shortlisted for the Monash Prize in Creative Writing and longlisted for the Liminal Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Collisions, Red Room Poetry, Sweatshop Women: Volume One, This Little Red Thing and ZineWest’19. Naima was the 2020 recipient of the 2020 Heyman Mentorship Award and is currently working on her debut novel.
Mykaela Saunders (Australian)
Mykaela Saunders is an award-winning writer, teacher, and community researcher. Mykaela writes across forms and disciplines and has won prizes for her fiction, poetry, creative essays and research. She's worked in Aboriginal education since 2003, and her research explores trans-generational trauma and healing in her community. Of Dharug and Lebanese descent, Mykaela belongs to the Tweed Goori community. Mykaela is working on two short story collections and a novel, and is editing the world's first anthology of blackfella speculative fiction, forthcoming with UQP in 2022.
Bryant Apolonio (Australian)
Bryant Apolonio is a Filipino-Australian writer and lawyer. He grew up in Sydney and lives in Darwin. He won the Overland Fair Australia Prize for Fiction (2017) and the Liminal Prize for Fiction (2019). He is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Eda Gunaydin (Australian)
Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian essayist and researcher, whose writing explores class, race and diaspora. You can find her work in the Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, and others. She has been shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award, the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, and is the current UTS Library Creative in Residence, alongside her collaborators in the all-women arts collective The Finishing School Collective. Her debut nonfiction collection will be published in 2022 by NewSouth Publishing.
Leah Jing McIntosh (Australian)
Leah Jing McIntosh is the founding editor of Liminal magazine. In 2019, Leah founded the Liminal Fiction Prize, the first Australian short fiction prize solely dedicated to writers of colour. Collisions, an anthology of the longlisted pieces, was published with Pantera Press in November, 2020. Leah has also written for The Saturday Paper, Meanjin Quarterly and Archer Magazine, among other publications.