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writer & editor

Zoya Patel

Writer & Communications Consultant

A bit about me

Hello! Thanks so much for visiting my site. I wear a couple of different hats, so the options below should help you find what you're looking for. 

I am the author of two books, and I also write regularly for a number of publications, including The Guardian, SBS, the RiotAct, Refinery29 and more. 

I have a Master of Communications, and have worked in senior executive roles for not-for-profits for the last decade. I am available to work on a contract or consultancy basis for organisations seeking strategic communications or marketing support.

I'm represented by Speaking Out, and am regularly booked for keynotes, panel facilitation and workplace talks. I am also often speaking at public events, which I share here.

About me

I am the author of two books, No Country Woman (Hachette, 2018) and Once A Stranger (Hachette, 2023). I am the former editor of Lip Magazine, and founded literary journal Feminartsy, where I published and mentored emerging writers from 2014 - 2018. I have also worked in strategic communications for a decade, dedicating my career to not-for-profits. Below are some of my achievements, and you can find out more about my work by checking out the links above. 

Literary engagements

  • Judge, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction - 2023

  • Chair of Judging Panel, Stella Prize - 2021

  • Judge, Stella Prize, 2020

  • Mentor, The Next Chapter Program, 2022

  • Advisory Committee, Emerging Writers Festival, 2019


  • 2019 Canberra Critics Circle Award - No Country Woman

  • 2016 Anne Edgeworth Young Writers Fellowship

  • 2015 Highly Commended, Scribe Non-Fiction Prize

  • 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year

  • 2015 Edna Ryan Award

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle

Contact me

Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss collaborating, commissions or opportunities.

Please note I am not currently available for interviews as part of school/university assessments. But you're very welcome to quote directly from No Country Woman! 

For media requests, commissions or event enquiries, please use the form below.

Thank you for contacting me! I'll be in touch soon.

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