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Su-May Tan was born and raised in Malaysia but is currently living on Wurundjeri country in Melbourne. Her debut short story collection Lake Malibu and other stories was highly commended in the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award 2021 and shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards 2022.

Her short fiction and articles have appeared in the Margaret River Short Story Competition, Mascara Literary Review and The Victorian Writer. She is interested in the modern Asian diaspora and writes on themes of migration and cultural connection. When she is not writing, she works as a copywriter.


“A quietly powerful new voice.”

– James Button, author and former journalist at The Age

“The story is written with the skilful understatement of a genuinely talented writer.”

– Deborah Cass Prize judges

“Through its simple prose and careful, graceful attention to detail, its range of characters — young to old, rich to poor, emigrants to immigrants — as well as the range of situations these characters are in, a nuanced and complex picture of contemporary culture emerges.”

– Varuna Publisher Introduction Program judges

Instagram: @sumaytan.writes