Les Zig has two novels coming out in 2017. His first, Pride, is a YA coming-of-age story that follows the mystery behind the emergence of a freakish Aboriginal footballer in a country football league. Due out in April with Busybird Publishing, Pride will be published under Les’s YA non de plume ‘Lazaros Zigomanis’. Previously, Pride was shortlisted for the 2011 Atlas Award, and one of the four winners of the 2009 Olvar Wood Fellowship Award, which involved a mentorship on the redraft from author Inga Simpson (Mr Wigg).
The second novel, Just Another Week in Suburbia, will be be released in September 2017 with Pantera Press under the name of ‘Les Zig’. A story about relationships, trust, and fidelity, Just Another Week in Suburbia was one of the winners of the 2013 Hachette Manuscript Development Program.
His memoir, ‘Overload’ – about life with neurosis over the period of thirty years – was shortlisted for the 2012 Finch Prize. He is also currently working on several other novels.
He’s also had three screenplays optioned – most recently, ‘Racine’, a psychological thriller about a disgraced police detective’s investigation into his fiance’s disappearance, has been optioned by House of 4 Films. His sci fi screenplay, ‘Punishment’, was shortlisted for the 2014 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction and a quarter-finalist in the 2016 Screencraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest. His suspense/horror screenplay, ‘Shadows’, was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Stage 32 New Blood competition.
His stories and articles have also been published extensively. His short story, Doorway, was published by Untreed Reads Publishing as an e-story; and he’s been published in SQ Mag, Tincture, Little Raven Two, Thirteen Stories, Crack the Spine, Fiction Vortex, Furia, Etchings, fourW, Windmills, Mythic Resonance, Verity La, Short and Twisted 2011, Wet Ink, page seventeen, Perilous Adventures, 21D, Blue Crow Magazine, Skive, and Spunk2; and he’s had articles published on One Page Literary Magazine, Writer’s Edit, Yawp, the Australian Writers’ Centre, in Business Strategy, Human Resources Director, Writer, WQ, ACTWrite, Back Page Lead, Living Now Magazine, Leader Newspapers, and Frontier.
He also blogs about writing and editing for Busybird Publishing, where he works currently as the Publications Manager and Chief Editor. A talented editor with an understanding of story and character, Les specialises in structural editing and also has a flair for dialogue.
Name: Les Zig
Lives in: Melbourne, Australia