Award-winning short story writer and novelist.

My new book, Kezia and Rosie, was published in March 2022 by Dahlia Books!

When sisters Kezia and Rosie arrive at their grandparents’ house in the summer of 1986 they aren’t sure when they’ll see their Mum and Dad again. 

While her younger sister Rosie is content playing on the allotment gate and having picnics in the garden, Kezia begins to realise that things aren’t quite what they seem. While embraced in Granddad and Grandma’s loving care, it’s not long before seven-year old Kezia begins to notice strange looks between them, hushed whispers, and secret phone calls. She realises she must step into the frightening adult world if she is to make sense of her parent’s troubled marriage.   

Written in beautifully delicate prose, Rebecca Burns’ collection of linked short stories explores how a child learns to navigate new familial territory, the heartache of uncertainty, and a growing understanding of what, exactly, real love means. 

Short story collections:
Catching the Barramundi (Odyssey Books, 2012)
The Settling Earth ( Odyssey Books, 2014)
Both longlisted for the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Award, the UK’s only prize for short story collections.
Artefacts and Other Stories ( Odyssey Books, 2017)

The Bishop’s Girl ( Odyssey Books, 2016)
Beyond the Bay ( Odyssey Books, 2018)

Winner – Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition (2013)
Second Place – Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition (2014)
Winner – Black Pear Press Short Story Competition (2014)
Shortlisted – Green Lady Press Short Story Competition (2015)
Shortlisted – Evesham Festival Short Story Competition (2016)
Shortlisted – Chipping Norton Competition (2016)
Longlisted – Sunderland Short Story Award (2016)