Kia Ora

I’m Jane, I’m a writer, a Kiwi and a Washington State University graduate. My work usually focuses on issues of identity, political change and the connection between a sense of place and social outcomes. My blog includes some self-published short stories and articles.

To date, my writing has been featured in or recognised by the following publications/contests.

Ellipsis Zine / A Trading Post On The 117th Meridian West

London Independent Story Prize / Pretty Girls In Places Like This

New Millennium Writing Awards / Cache Flow

New Millennium Writing Awards / About The Skating (unpublished)

Spelk Fiction / Viva

Virtual Zine / From Carisbrook, With Love

Nobrow Short Story Competition & Fresher Prize / Just to You (shortlist; unpublished)

Fairlight Books / The Seen

Fairlight Books / Girl, Boxed

Ellipsis Zine Eight / I Don’t Mind, This Could Be The Last Time

I also have work forthcoming in Reflex Fiction after having reached the long-list for the autumn contest.

Although I grew up in New Zealand, I moved to Pullman, Washington at eighteen to take up a swimming scholarship at Washington State University. I had recently broken the New Zealand open women’s record over 200m breaststroke, which I held for three and a half years. In 2006, I graduated from WSU with an English degree, but ended in working in marketing and technology. I’ve lived abroad ever since, working at Moz in Seattle after university and then moving to the UK in 2009 to work at Ayima, a London digital marketing agency. Both sports and tech culture often appear in my writing, usually from a sociopolitical point of view.

I now live in Reading, Berkshire.

I’m on Twitter at @janemcopland.