Imbi Neeme is a recovering blogger, debut novelist and compulsive short story writer, whose writing holds a toothpaste-smeared mirror up to her life. She considers herself to be a ‘domestic mystery writer’, spanning everything from ‘Who left the milk out?’ to the secrets we all keep, sometimes even from ourselves.
Her manuscript The Spill has been awarded the 2019 Penguin Literary Prize and was published by Penguin Random House Australia 2 June 2020. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Henry Handel Richardson Fellowship for excellence in Short Story Writing.
In 2018, her short story Naamah’s Ark received first prize in the Open Short Story category of the Boroondara Literary Awards and was short-listed for the Peter Carey Short Story Award.
Her first manuscript, The Hidden Drawer, made the judges’ commended list in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Awards and was selected for the 2015 Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre Manuscript Development Program.
In 2014 and 2015, she was a member of the pilot program for the West Writers Group run by the Footscray Community Arts Centre. In 2014, she moderated a panel with Christos Tsiolkas, Omar Musa and Amra Pajalic on the topic of ‘Writing Selves’ as part of the West Writers Forum.
She blogged for many years at Not Drowning, Mothering, which won the 2010 Bloggies award for best Australian/New Zealand Weblog and was a finalist in the Sydney Writers Centre’s Best Australian Blogs in 2011. Her current blog, We are the same wool, combines her love of crochet with her love of writing, with varying results.
These days, she enjoys being a member of The Prologues, a writing group that combines a love of wine and conversation with a love of the written word, with consistently excellent results.
Imbi is represented by the Jane Novak Literary Agency.
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You can also contact Imbi directly via imbi[dot]neeme[at]gmail[dot]com