Gillian Polack has six novels published and 18 short stories. Her most recent novel, The Wizardry of Jewish Women, was shortlisted for the 2017 best novel in the Ditmars. Her second novel, Life Through Cellophane/Ms Cellophane, was also shortlisted in 2010. Her study of how writers use history in fiction was shortlisted for the William Atheling Jr Award. She also edited the anthology Baggage, also shortlisted for a Ditmar award, and a book about historical banquets, which has not been shortlisted for anything but contains great recipes. She won the Ditmar for Special Achievement in 2010 and has two doctorates. She has taught writing and language skills for over two decades and assisted writers with punctuation and language issues since 2000. She is a member of the exclusive writing cooperative Book View Café.