Tracey Slaughter’s novella the longest drink in town was published by Pania Press in June 2015, and her collection of short stories entitled deleted scenes for lovers is due for publication by Victoria University Press in early 2016. Her first book of short stories and poetry her body rises was published by Random House in 2005, and her short stories have received numerous awards including the Bridport Prize 2014 for ‘scenes of a long-term nature’, a New Zealand Book Month award for ‘note left on a window’ in 2009, the Katherine Mansfield Premier Award for ‘wheat’ in 2004, and the Katherine Mansfield Novice Award for ‘her first’ in 2001. Her short fiction has been widely published in New Zealand literary journals such as Landfall, Takahe and JAAM, and her stories have been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Some Other Country: Best New Zealand Short Stories (Victoria University Press, 2008), The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (Penguin, 2009), and Second Violins: New Stories Inspired by Katherine Mansfield (Random House, 2008). Her poetry has also received awards, including being shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize 2014, and winning the Aoraki Poetry Prize in 2002, and she was the recipient of the 2010 Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary. Tracey teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, where she edits the online literary journal Mayhem.