Zahid Gamieldien is an Australian author, screenwriter, editor and writing tutor.


Zahid’s fiction has been published in major literary journals including Overland (issues 220 and 222.5), Tincture Journal (issue 12, available to buy), Mascara Literary Review (issue 18), Pantheon Magazine (issue 8), Meanjin (volume 75, issue 4) and Kill Your Darlings (winter 2017 – paywall).

He was a prizewinner in the Bath Flash Fiction Awards and read his story Pyrene for the short fiction podcast Lucky Punk.

His next story will be published as part of Platypus Press’s excellent shorts series on 23 February, and his contribution to Meanjin’s “What I’m Reading” column will be online on 6 March.


With co-screenwriter Ella Roby, he wrote a pilot for a black comedy drama series with the working title Australian Monsters. It was in the finals of C21’s Drama Series Script Competition.

In 2017, he and Ella wrote a pilot for a television drama series titled Lacuna. It made the top 30 in the AMC One-Hour Pilot Award at the Austin Film Festival.

They also wrote a pilot for a television comedy series called Portalgate. The pilot was nominated for the Australian Writers’ Guild’s John Hinde Award and included in its Pathways Showcase. A related screenplay for a short film, A Victimless Crime, was an official selection for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, among others.

Editing and Tutoring

Zahid provides freelance editing and manuscript development services and teaches short story, novel and script writing through The Writers’ Studio in Sydney.