Born in Sydney in 1966 and raised in Armidale and Guyra in rural New South Wales, Steven Conte has lived in a number of Australian states and cities, chiefly Canberra (1987-1997) and Melbourne (1999-2010). He has travelled widely in Europe, particularly in Italy, and in 2011 spent four months in Indonesia, courtesy of an Asialink Arts Residency. Currently he lives with his partner and son in Port Fairy on the western coast of Victoria.
Steven studied Professional Writing at the University of Canberra and Australian Literature at the Australian Defence Force Academy (as a civilian). He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Barman, life model, taxi driver, public servant, university tutor and book reviewer are some of the jobs with which he has supported his writing.
In 2007 Steven published The Zookeeper’s War, which the following year won the inaugural Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, then worth A$100,000. The novel has been published in the UK and Ireland and translated into Spanish and Portuguese.