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I have been writing since I was very young. I favour fiction with a local New Zealand flavour as well as varieties of fantasy and science fiction. In 2007 I self-published my first novel and in 2015 revamped it as Mariah’s Dream. In 2009 I founded my own publishing label, Splashdown Books, which went on to include 40+ titles including a few of my own. I am now a freelance editor and work with other freelance editors to ready my work for publication. I am also a freelance translator of French and German, and have studied Te Reo Māori.


Grace Bridges is a pen name.

For more information, see www.gracebridges.co.nz and www.splashdownbooks.com.



Fiction Samples: Short Stories


“Earthcore: Initiation” http://www.gracebridges.co.nz/fiction/earthcore-initiation

“Strawberry Dreaming” http://www.gracebridges.co.nz/fiction/strawberry-dreaming

“Max’s Black Box” http://www.gracebridges.co.nz/fiction/maxs-black-box


Other fiction samples are available via the Look Inside function on the book pages accessible from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Bridges/e/B002BX0WXY





(Science Fiction & Fantasy Association of NZ)

Services to Science Fiction & Fantasy Fandom, Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2020

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā, Best Collection, Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2019

Mariah’s Prologues, Best Collection, Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2018

Mariah’s Dream, Finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2015

Avenir Eclectia (contributor & co-editor), Finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2012

Aquasynthesis (contributor & editor), Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012 and Finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2011



Editing Credentials:


Edited all the books listed at http://www.splashdownbooks.com/bookshop

Edited or proofread all the books listed at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/45683-grace-bridges?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=edited-by-grace-bridges

Editing client testimonials listed at http://www.gracebridges.co.nz/testimonials

Client achievements include:


  • Dusty’s Adventures by T.J. Akers (edited by Grace Bridges), Finalist in the Realm Award 2018
  • Finding Angel by Kat Heckenbach (edited/published by Grace Bridges/Splashdown Books), Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012,
    Finalist in the Compton Crook Awards 2012
  • Alpha Redemption by P. A. Baines (edited/published by Grace Bridges/Splashdown Books), Double Category Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2010
  • The Muse by Fred Warren (edited/published by Grace Bridges/Splashdown Books),
    Finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards 2010


Anthology Editor / Co-Editor

Aquasynthesis, Splashdown Books (2011)

Avenir Eclectia, Splashdown Books (2012)

Aquasynthesis Again, Splashdown Books (2014)

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā, SpecFicNZ (2017)

Alter Ego, Young NZ Writers (2017)

Timegate to Tomorrow, Young NZ Writers (2018)

Something Strange Happened in Rotorua: The GeyserCon Book, GeyserCon (2019)

Something Strange Happened in Rotorua, Young NZ Writers (2019)

Publication Summary: Books

Faith Awakened, self-published, 2007 (out of print, reworked as Mariah’s Dream)

Legendary Space Pilgrims, Splashdown Books, 2010 (out of print)

Mariah’s Dream, Splashdown Books, 2015 (set in Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Mariah’s Prologues, Splashdown Books, 2017 (collection of 16 short stories)

Earthcore Book 1: RotoVegas, Splashdown Books, 2017

Earthcore Book 2: Volcano City, Splashdown Books 2018

Earthcore Book 3: Aftershocks, Splashdown Books 2019

Earthcore Book 4: High Tide, Splashdown Books 2020

Publication Summary: Other


Short story publications in online ezines:

(most now defunct, but several items have been republished independently)


“Invasion” at Wayfarer’s Journal, February 2007

“Second Site” at Digital Dragon Magazine, August 2009

“Zara’s Quest” at Digital Dragon Magazine, February 2010

“A Stretch of Time” at Residential Aliens, July 2010

Comet Born serial at Digital Dragon Magazine, 2010-11

Hero Talent Quest at Havok, July 2019 (paywalled)



Short stories in print anthologies:


“The Night of the Gift” in Forever Friends, Mandinam Press (2008)

“Underground—Undersea” in Underground Rising, The Writers Café Press (2011)

“Second Site”, “A Stretch of Time”, and “Lily’s Tale” in Aquasynthesis, Splashdown Books (2011)

“Fungus Among Us” and “Tell-Tale Signs of a Wonderful Life”, Gilead Publishing (2012)

“Never Look Back” in Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales Vol. 6, Flying Pen Press (2012)

Several short stories in Avenir Eclectia, Splashdown Books (2012)

“Second Site” in A Year of the Dragon, Digital Dragon Press (2013, out of print)

“Max’s Black Box” in Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction II, Random Static (2013)

“Never Look Back” reprinted in Aquasynthesis Again, Splashdown Books (2014)

“To Leave His Mother’s Tent” in Realmscapes, Brimstone Fiction (2017)

“Earthcore: Initiation” in Te Kōrero Ahi Kā: To Speak of the Home Fires Burning, SpecFicNZ (2018)

“Sulphur & Sunshine” in Paws, Claws and Magic Tales, Fellowship of Fantasy (2018)

“Sulphur & Sunshine” reprinted in Something Strange Happened in Rotorua, GeyserCon (2019)

“Whiti te Ra—Let the Sun Shine” in Swashbuckling Cats, Tyche Books (2020)

“A Chicken for Miss Cuthbert” in Cracked, Joyful Peacock Press (2020)

“Pūkeko—The Blue Swamp Hen” in Cracked, Joyful Peacock Press (2020)



Creative Nonfiction publications:


“Kaipatiki Forest” in The Milo Review, September 2014

“Dear Author” in Decades Review, January 2015

“Long Distance Friends” in The Mayo Review, Spring 2015

“Oruamo Creek” in The Island Review, April 2015

“Manuka Road” in The Island Review, October 2015

“The Kaleidoscope” in Crab Fat Magazine, 2016





Writing-related volunteer work:


  • President of SpecFicNZ in 2012 and 2013; regular committee member 2014-2016; president again since 2017. SpecFicNZ is a group for New Zealand writers of speculative fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror/Paranormal). We run competitions, offer grants, hold meetups and educational sessions, facilitate exhibits at events, contribute content, speakers and prizes at relevant conferences, and offer publishing opportunities, advertising, manuscript evaluations, and review services to members. See www.specfic.nz for more information.


  • Writer mentoring and presentations at Realm Makers conferences in the USA since 2013


  • Presentations for writers at NZ National Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Topics: Worldbuilding, Editing, Publishing


  • Young NZ Writers: workshops in 2016, 2017, 2018. Topics: Worldbuilding, Editing




Education Summary

Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies from the University of Auckland, 2001

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, 2000


Employment Summary

Freelance fiction editor since 2015; edited 70 published books and others not yet published

Freelance translator since 2006 (German and French)

Translator, Bavarian Border Police, 2002-2008


Other interests

Te Reo, gardening, DIY, art and photography, animal rescue