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A Few Introductions…

Dr. Herbert-GoodallDr Eileen Herbert-Goodall ~ Field of Words Director, Co-Judge and Editor-in-Chief

This site and the associated Field of Words organisation is run by Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall, an experienced writer, editor and creative writing educator. Committed to providing writers with an opportunity to have their work published on a global scale, Eileen aims to distribute practical information and tips that will help writers grow. As an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, Eileen’s work has been published in many literary journals and magazines. Eileen holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts, which she earned at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her novella The Sherbrooke Brothers was released in February 2017. You can purchase The Sherbrooke Brothers from The Book Depository, Amazon, Booktopia and fine book stores.


The Sherbrooke Brothers. A Novella by Eileen Herbert-Goodall
The Sherbrooke Brothers, a novella by Eileen Herbert-Goodall.

Shastra Deo

Shastra Deo ~ Field of Words Co-Judge

A co-judge of all Field of Words writing competitionsShastra Deo. Born in Fiji and raised in Melbourne, Shastra is now based in Brisbane. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Writing and English Literature, First Class Honours and a University Medal in Creative Writing, and a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing from The University of Queensland. Her work has appeared in Peril, Uneven Floor, Wildness, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. Her debut poetry collection, The Agonist, was released in August 2017. You can purchase The Agonist from  UQP, QBD, Booktopia, Dymocks, and The Book Depository.


The Agonist, a collection of poetry by Shastra Deo.


Fernanda Dahlstrom ~ Field of Words Co-Judge and Editor

A co-judge of the memoir competition and Field of Words editor, Fernanda Dahlstrom is a writer, editor and lawyer based in Brisbane. Fernanda also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literary Studies), a Bachelor of Laws, and a Masters in Writing and Literature, focusing on memoir. She has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards for short fiction and flash fiction and has a particular interest in representations of childhood. Fernanda  has worked as a lawyer for community organisations in the Northern Territory and Queensland and also as a teacher of English as a Second Language.

Laura Pettenuzzo ~ Field of Words Reader

Laura Pettenuzzo is a Reader and Assistant to Eileen. She lives in Southeastern Victoria, Australia. She holds a Bachelor in Pyschological Science and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at Monash University. She is a freelance writer and has volunteered as a Reader and Assistant Editor for Busybird Publishing.




The Sherbrooke Brothers is a powerful coming-of-age story that blends elements of gothic fiction and contemporary literature. Delivering parallel storylines, the narrative portrays the life-changing experiences of seventeen-year-old Alex and his older brother Rob as they embark upon separate journeys. Both young men face challenges that stretch their inner strength and mental resolve to breaking point. Ultimately, they meet radically different fates, demonstrating the power of choice to shape individual destiny.

“The Sherbrooke Brothers is a unique and startling novella. How do the brothers work their way out of the devilish pact they find themselves in? Who will survive – and at what cost? A truly engrossing thriller. Go there, but you may never return.” Professor Gary Crew

“Brotherhood, relationships and masculinity. The Sherbrooke Brothers is a moving and insightful read for anyone intrigued by the deep connections and bonds that can exist between humans.” Dr Naomi Stekelenburg  



With its wildness and originality, The Agonist is an exhilarating collection. Exploring the languages of anatomy, etymology and incantation, these poems craft conversations about fracture and repair, energy, love and danger.

Precise, incisive and surreal, Shastra Deo’s poems govern the space between beauty and terror. Without doubt, a remarkable new voice has arrived.” Bronwyn Lea

Grounded in the body and its pain, Deo’s stunning poems move beyond the merely philosophical. The agonists of this book – bodies damaged by conflict or ideology, love or loss – are viscerally and exquisitely real.” Maria Takolander

Full of the beautiful music of fracture and repair … Exhilarating in its risk and energy, surprising in its evocations and work with form, this is a distinctive collection.” Judges’ Comments, Thomas Shapcott Prize