Writer & Poet


Official Bio

Rebecca M. Newman writes poetry for children and stories for adults and children. 

Rebecca's poetry has been published in anthologies with Bloomsbury, Bica Books, and Fremantle Press & Alphabet Soup Books. Her flash fiction for adults has been published in anthologies with Night Parrot Press. She has had numerous pieces for children published in The School Magazine (Education Department of New South Wales).

Right Way Down and Other Poems, an anthology Rebecca co-edited with Sally Murphy, is out now, illustrated by Briony Stewart. 

Rebecca is the Managing Editor at Alphabet Soup Books, and the 2023 & 2024 judge for the primary school category of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. 

Rebecca lives in Perth, Western Australia. When she's not writing you'll find her messing about with collage or playing Irish fiddle.

Awards & Honors

  • (2021) First place in the Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry competition (children's choice category) for a poem 'Magpie Season'. 
  • (2021) Second place in the  Toolangi CJ Dennis Poetry competition (adults writing for children category, judged by adults) for a poem 'Magpie Season'.
  • (2021) Shortlisted for a flash fiction story 'Poetry', in the Love to Read Local Flash Fiction Competition (run by Writing WA, Night Parrot Press & Raine Square).
  • (2020) Shortlisted for a flash fiction story ‘Fish’, in Writing WA's Flashing the Cover flash fiction competition
  • (2019) Recipient of a Paper Bird Fellowship (Writer-in-Residence) at Paper Bird Books, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • (2019) Second place in Jacking Hosking’s Rhyming Poetry Competition for a poem ‘Bubble Wrap Stomp’
  • (2011) Shortlisted for the Picture Book: Preschool category in the 2011 CYA Writers & Illustrators Conference competition for manuscript Lizzie Blueboots

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