Elise K. Ackers (pronounced acres) is a freelance editor and award winning fiction author traditionally published with Harlequin's Escape Publishing and Penguin Random House, and indie published across multiple platforms.

Elise has completed undergraduate studies in Psychology and Communications, and post-graduate studies in Professional Publication and Editing. She's a magnet for unusual accidents, a laser tag enthusiast, and an animal adoption advocate. Owing to a broken internal compass, Elise needs to factor getting lost into her travel time.

Elise lives in Victoria, Australia, and travels wherever she can, whenever she can.


First Place​​​​

Small Town Storm - Chanticleer CLUE Awards for Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, 2013

The Man Plan - Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Sneak Peak contest, 2013

Rhodon - Utah Chapter RWA Great Beginnings Contest, 2012

Small Town Storm - ChickLit Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest, 2011

Small Town Storm - Unpublished Beacon Award writing contest, 2011

Small Town Storm - Heartland Romance Authors Show Me the Spark, 2011

Second Place​​

​​The Man Plan - New England Chapter Romance Writers of America (NECRWA) Readers’ Choice Bean Pot Award for Published Contemporary Authors, 2013

Small Town Storm - Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, 2011

Third Place

The Man Plan - HODRW RWA Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Award, 2013

Small Town Storm - Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm contest, 2011


Into the Fire - Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro, 2017

One for the Road - Chanticleer Dante Rossetti Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2017 

Life for Rent - XO Romance Award, 2017

One for the Road - Chanticleer Chatelaine Award for Romantic Fiction, 2016

Ask Me to Stay - RWAus Romantic Novella of the Year (ELLA) Award, 2014

Small Town Storm - RWAus Romantic Book of the Year (RUBY) Award, 2013

The Man Plan - Best Book of 2012 (Contemporary)​

​​​Duality - WOW! Women on Writing Winter Flash Fiction Contest, 2011
​Dios - John Marsden Prize Young Australian Writers of Poetry & Prose, 2011


Leonai (now titled Summer Return) - International 3-Day Novel Contest, 2011

The Road Less Travelled - International 3-Day Novel Contest, 2017