Claire Cao


Photo: Michael Sun


I’m a writer, editor and critic living on Darug land. You can read my work in MeanjinThe Guardian, ArtReview, The Big Issue and more.

I’m currently the Film Editor for The Big Issue Australia, the Fiction Editor for Meanjin and a 2024 recipient of The Next Chapter fellowship. On screen, I’m a writer for the feature film HERE OUT WEST (Opening Night Film, SFF 2021). I’ve undertaken an AWG note-taking masterclass—feel free to drop me a line if you need a note-taker for your writers room! I also help out with programming at Sydney Film Festival.  

In the past, I’ve edited fiction for Voiceworks, was mentored at MIFF’s Critics Campus 2019,  came runner-up for the LIMINAL Fiction Prize and was Kill Your Darlings’ 2022 New Critic.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from UNSW.