Image of a bearded guy, Ben Hickey

Benjamin Hickey is a writer, editor and communications expert currently working on a collection of short stories. Representation by Melanie Ostell Literary.

A 2022 Varuna Fellow, Ben’s fiction and essays have featured in multiple publications, and his short story Acheron won the 2019 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writer’s Award for Fiction.

An experienced copywriter, Ben is Communications Coordinator for the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), where he works with leading experts to advance public understanding of critical scientific issues such as climate change. He is the managing editor of the Academy’s magazine IMPACT, a biannual print publication.

Ben has lectured for RMIT’s Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. In 2018 he graduated from the course himself on the Vice Chancellor’s List, in the top two per cent of all RMIT graduates. He also won the Judy Duffy Award for Excellence.

Ben has a passion for mental wellbeing, and is the Secretary of the Australian Council of More To Life, a grassroots personal development organisation he has volunteered with for ten years. Through More To Life, Ben is a Licensed Facilitator of The Power of Self Esteem, a six-week course on mindfulness.