An American friend recently asked me to define the Australian short story. Despite misgivings, I muttered something about birth, landscape and setting, vernacular, diversity, then retreated. The Best Australian Stories 2013 provides a viable answer. Short stories don’t want to be defined; they are much too subversive for that. They only want to be read. The best ones will want to be read again, and will offer up something new each time.
The Best Australian Stories 2013
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Rebekah Clarkson is working on her first collection of short stories. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and is finishing a PhD there. [Photograph by Andy Rasheed at eyefood].
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