Jennifer Mills


Jennifer Mills is the author of the novels The Airways (Picador, 2021) Dyschronia (Picador, 2018), Gone (UQP, 2011) and The Diamond Anchor (UQP, 2009) and a collection of short stories, The Rest is Weight (UQP, 2012). In 2019 Dyschronia was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary AwardAustralia’s most prestigious prize for literary fiction, the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and the Aurealis Awards for science fiction.

Mills’ fiction, essays and criticism have been widely published, including in Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Essays, Griffith Review, The Guardian, Heat, Island, the Lifted Brow, Lithub, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Review of Books, and The Washington Post. Her many key interests include climate, denialism, ecology, queerness, labour, utopias and dystopias, gender, the body, consent, decolonisation, and experimentalism.

In 2012 Mills was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist and in 2014 she received the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship from the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Previous awards include the 2008 Marian Eldridge Award for Young Emerging Women Writers, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and the Northern Territory Literary Awards. Mills’ creative residencies include time at Varuna and Bundanon, an Asialink residency in Beijing in 2010, and a residency at Yaddo in NY in 2015. She is a regular writer for Overland literary journal, where she was fiction editor from 2012-2018.

Recently returned from several years in Italy, Mills currently lives on Kaurna Yerta, Adelaide, Australia.