Maura Pierlot — Author and Playwright 

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Freefalling (YA fiction, unpublished)

  • Winner, CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program (2017)
  • Winner, Charlotte Waring Barton Award (2017)
  • Runner Up, NSW Writers Centre Varuna Award (2016)
  • Shortlisted for The Publisher Introduction Program, Varuna, The Writers House (2015)

The Trouble in Tune Town (picture book, Little Steps Publishing, 2017)

  • Winner, ACT Writing and Publishing Award (Children’s category, 2018)
  • Winner, Best Children’s Illustrated E-Book (2018), Independent Book Publishers Awards, USA
  • Finalist, Children’s Picture Book Hardcover Fiction, International Book Awards (2018), USA
  • Finalist, Children’s Picture Book, Hardcover Fiction, Best Book Awards, American Bookfest (2018), USA
  • Selected to feature on Kinderling Radio (January 2018)

Short Stories and Poems

  • ‘On the Farm,’ (bush ballad), Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming:Bedtime Ballads and Tall Tales from the Australian Bush(Anthology), Michelle Worthington, ed. (SYS Publications, October 2020)
  • <code> (poem), Cicerone Journal, Issue 4 (July 2020)
  • ‘Walk with Me’ and ‘Survivors’ – microliterature (poetry) to be stencilled on Nillumbik Shire, Vic walkways and in an anthology as part of ‘Written in the Time of COVID-19’ initiative (2020)
  • ‘My Dog is a Cat,’ (poem), Highly Commended, Greenleaf Buds Picture Book Manuscript Competition (2019)
  • ‘The Family Tree’ (short story), Roots & Branches Anthology (Shooting Star Press, 2020)
  • ‘Dog-Tired’ (short story), Creative Kids Tales Story Collection, vol 2 (Lilly Pilly Publishing, 2019)
  • ‘Favourites’ (short story), A Big Book of Short Stories for Small People (Birdcatcher Books, 2017)
  • ‘Rainbows’ (short story), 3rd Prize, Charlotte Duncan Award, Celapene Press (2012)

Essays and articles

  • ‘Dear Holden Caulfield,’ Living Letters, Cicerone Journal (forthcoming, 2020)
  • ‘Inside Out’ (Covid-19 contemplations), Cicerone Journal (essay), Issue 4 (July 2020)
  • Mother’s Day – What does it really mean?’ Canberra Weekly (feature), 8 May 2020
  • ‘Rainbows’ (short story), 3rd Prize, Charlotte Duncan Award, Celapene Press (2012)


Fragments (full-length play)

  • Premiere sell-out season, The Street Theatre, Canberra (23-27 October 2019)
  • Recipient of artsACT funding, corporate sponsorship, and ACT Mental Health Grant for production (2019)
  • Recipient of artsACT funding for initial creative development at Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres, Ralph Indie Program (5-8 October 2018)
  • Fragments monologues performed at Pioneer Theatre, Sydney, Upper Crass Productions (November 2018)
  • Selected by Australian Cultural Fund for $2,000 matched funding ‘boost’ program (2018)
  • Monologues selected for performance at various festivals including Arkfest Short Play Festival (Lilydale, Vic 2019); Newcastle Microtheatre Festival (2019), The Monologue Adventure/Voices of Women, 2018 Sydney)
  • Workshop/creative development with director James Hartley and young actors, Sydney (April 2018)
  • Winner, MPS Travel + Tours Award, Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO), to write a series of monologues on mental health issues (2016)

Tapping Out (10-minute play)

  • Winner, Third Place, Best Production, Short+Sweet Sydney Gala Finals (March 2017)
  • Winner, Judges Choice, Stream Four, Short+Sweet Sydney (February 2017) 
  • Winner, SOLO Monologue Competition, Published Category (Hothouse Theatre, Wodonga, 2016)


  • Leaving (one-act play), performed Melbourne, Theatre 451 (July 2014)
  • Rewind (one-act play), selected for ‘Elevate’ program (rehearsed reading), Theatre 451 (November 2016)


  • Artist-in-Residence, Bundanon Trust – To finalise the Fragments script for production and publication (April/May 2018)
  • KSP Fellowship, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre – To develop Leaving into a full-length play, and to work with dramaturg, Suzanne Ingelbrecht, on Fragments (March/April 2018)
  • The Hive, Street Theatre – Playwright development program, Canberra (2014)
  • HARDCOPY, ACT Writers Centre, Canberra – Selected for inaugural (fiction) professional development program and finals, Meet the Publishers 


  • Ph.D. (phil), M.A. (phil), Georgetown University, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Washington, DC 
  • B.A., Duke University (graduated cum laude), Durham, North Carolina


  • Ordinary Member, CBCA ACT Committee; Reviewer, CBCA Reading Time; Member: SCBWI, ASA, NLA, National Press Club, The Street Theatre, ACT Writers Centre, Writing NSW, Creative Kids Tales, Buzz Words, Australian Writers Guild