Tom Flood is the administrator and editor/assessor at Flood Manuscripts. He has been a writer, editor, copyeditor and proofreader for many years and has experience in many areas of writing. He has been a highly regarded assessor at Driftwood Manuscripts and at Manuscripts Online. He was Chief Fiction Judge for NSW Premiers Awards 2003 (and also judged in 1993) and has judged and been on selection panels for NSW Premiers Writers Fellowship, Sydney University Fiction Award, Harper Collins Manuscript Award, Varuna, A Writers House and the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival 2007. He has edited and proofread for McPhee Gribble and Penguin, launched books for Allen&Unwin, Angus&Robertson and many other publishers, and has read, taught, lectured and spoken on creative writing from Perth to Paris.
As a writer, Tom's work has won The Miles Franklin Award, the Victorian Premiers Award, the Australian/Vogel Award and the Orange Banjo Paterson Short Story Award. His writing has been commissioned in collections, journals and newspapers in Australia, UK and USA, for screen, stage and radio, and is also exhibited in the National Museum of Australia. He is also a working musician in the trio Blues Angels.
'Flood is bringing Australian fiction to a place where it might take ten or twenty years for most other writers to catch up.' Prof. Nicholas Birns, American Assoc. of Australian Lit. Studies, in Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. XXVII|Fall 2007,Dalkey Archive, University of Illinois, Ann Arbor, Ill.
Allen&Unwin's Australian Writers Mentorship Program has passed a number of writers over to Flood Manuscripts when their service has exhausted their brief. Flood Manuscripts has carried a number of those writers through to sign with top agencies (most recently Emma Harcourt-'A Slip of Silk'-signed with Curtis Brown Australia).
Other clients' work Tom has been involved with as an editor/assessor has won or been shortlisted for Best First Fiction Ned Kelly Crime Awards 2016, Best International Book, Nocte Awards 2011; Golden Aurealis 2007; Joint Aurealis Best Horror Novel 2007; ABC Fiction Award 2006; SMH Best Young Novelist 2006; shortlisted International Horror Guild Best First Fiction 2006, Silver Medal, Independent Publishing Awards 2014, Dundee International Book Award 2009, Amazon Manuscript Award 2009, ACT Book Award 2014, eLit Book Awards 2011, Manning Clark House Cultural Awards 2011, William Saroyan International Prize for Literature 2012, Asher Awards 2011, Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize 2009.
An editing & assessment (appraisal) service thrives on the quality of its assessors and the track record of its authors. Flood Manuscripts offers excellence in all aspects.
As an award-winning author, a literary judge, a teacher, editor and assessor, Tom has a knowledge and love of the craft of writing and brings exacting standards and, through his family, a lifetime of experience to the work before him, matching helpful criticism with empathy and respect for the work and its author.