Mary W. Walters

Short Fiction

Mary W. Walters's short fiction has been published in:

Malahat Review



Prism International

Prairie Fire

NeWest Review



among others,

and has appeared in the following anthologies:

Alberta Bound

Alberta ReBound

Boundless Alberta

Eating Apples

Journey Prize Anthology

Her stories have also been broadcast on CBC nationally, and on CBC Alberta and CBC Saskatchewan.

Bio in brief....

Winner: Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing, Novel Category

Winner: Alberta Achievement Award

Winner: Alberta Culture/CBC Write for Radio competition

Nominee: Edmonton YWCA Tribute to Women Award

Listed: Who's Who in Canada

Mary W. Walters was born in Wainwright, Alberta. Her family moved to Ontario when she was two, settling in London. When she was 14, she moved back to Alberta, and attended the University of Alberta. She lived in Edmonton for several decades, then moved to Saskatoon, SK for a few years. She now lives in Toronto, ON.

Mary has worked as a teacher, as executive director of a writers’ organization, as editor in chief of a publishing company, and as a university awards facilitator, but her primary source of income has been as a freelance writer and editor, assisting corporate and academic clients with a wide range of writing projects. She is the author of Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Mary has been writing creatively since she was 29 years old. She has published five books of fiction, as well as numerous short stories and articles in magazines and literary journals in Canada and around the world. She has also created two hour-long radio documentaries for CBC’s Ideas.

Mary’s writing has been recognized with a Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing as well as several other awards and prizes. It has been short-listed for the Journey Prize and has been a finalist in two CBC literary competitions.

In 2014-15, Mary W. Walters served as one of two presenters at The Writers’ Union of Canada’s professional development workshop series, Publishing 2.0: Tips and Trapswhere she talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing from the perspective of a traditionally published author who has also embraced independent publishing. (Read more here.)

Mary blogs on topics related to writing, reading, and publishing at The Militant Writer, and about her travels and other life adventures at I’m All Write

Author of The Woman Upstairs,

Rita Just Wants to Be Thin, and Cool


Mary W. Walters is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. She has published four novels – including Rita Just Wants to Be Thin, The Woman Upstairs, and The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid (co-authored with John A. Aragon). She has also published a collection of short stories entitled Cool.

Mary has worked as an editor of books, academic articles, grant proposals, papers, theses, essays and blogs. She has created a series of podcasts to assist those who are preparing funding applications in all disciplines, and she is the author of Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars (Johns Hopkins University Press).

In October, 2016, Mary was invited to sit on the National Council of The Writers' Union of Canada, as an Advocate.