October 2013, no. 355

October 2013, no. 355

Welcome to the October issue! The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize is now firmly established as one of Australia’s most prestigious and lucrative short story competitions. 1200 people entered this year. Our judges have whittled them down to a shortlist of three stories, and we publish them in the new issue. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on 28 October. Otherwise, it’s a peak season for new fiction, and several major new novels are reviewed – Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (James Ley), Alex Miller’s Coal Creek (Brian Matthews), Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, and Roger McDonald’s The Following. In our Theatre column, Ben Eltham finds little to like in David Williamson’s new play, Rupert.

Australian Love Poems 2013 edited by Mark Tredinnick

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Coal Creek by Alex Miller

The Following by Roger McDonald

What Was Left by Eleanor Limprecht

Holiday in Cambodia by Laura Jean McKay

Dark Horse by Honey Brown

Stone Scar Air Water by Judy Johnson

The Local Wildlife by Robert Drewe

Westerly 58:1 edited by Delys Bird and Tony Hughes-d’Aeth

Antipodes, Vol. 27, No.1 edited by Nicholas Birns

Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts