James McKenzie Watson writes short and novel-length fiction, with a focus on rural Australian experiences. His novel Denizen was shortlisted for the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize. It was also awarded a 2021 Varuna Residential Fellowship and a 2021 KSP Residential Fellowship, and was highly commended in the 2020 Writing NSW Varuna Fellowships and shortlisted for the 2017 Kingdom of Ironfest prize.
His short stories have been recognised in competitions including the International InkTears Flash Fiction Contest, the Newcastle Short Story Award and the Grieve Writing Competition, and featured in publications such as Baby Teeth Journal and Brave Voices Magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newtown Review of Books.
He co-hosts the fortnightly writing and health podcast 'James and Ashley Stay at Home' with author Ashley Kalagian Blunt. He works as a nurse in regional New South Wales.
James McKenzie Watson is a writer and critical care nurse living in regional NSW. His novel Denizen was shortlisted for the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize and awarded a 2021 Varuna Residential Fellowship. His short stories have been recognised in international competitions and publications, including the InkTears Flash Fiction Contest and the Newcastle Short Story Award. He co-hosts the writing and health podcast ‘James and Ashley Stay at Home.’