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Short Story

'Anything Remarkable', a new story by Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe
05 July 2019

Certain days: it is easy to imagine this small, once-prosperous river town (barely distinct from many other small, once prosperous More

'Metal language', a new story by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
23 April 2019

I am a girl who knows how to hold a gun. On weekends, Dad drives me out to the pistol club, while Mum pulls white-sapped weeds from the garden. She plants natives that can handle the salt in the air; angular, bristling plants with angular, bristling names: banksia, grevillea, bottlebrush. A line of Geraldton Wax along the verge to replace some mean and blighted ... More

'Break Character', a new story by Chloe Wilson

29 November 2018

The Hair

Tom wasn’t supposed to bring the wig home; it was peeled from his scalp like a banana skin every night. Then it was arranged on a faceless polystyrene head that sat in front of his dressing More

'Joan Mercer's Fertile Head', a new story by S.J. Finn

SJ Finn
29 November 2018
When the urge unearthed itself, Joan Mercer was at the sink washing dishes, her husband’s egg cup and her children’s cereal bowls. She flicked the soapsuds from her hands and crossed the More

'Hardflip', a new story by Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe
29 November 2018
The roofing gives a little under his weight but Oskar’s not afraid of heights when he’s on his skateboard. He can see his friends below. Gav has his camera ready and Amadi gives him the t More

Jolley Prize 2018 (Shortlisted): 'Ruins' by Madelaine Lucas

Madelaine Lucas
26 July 2018

In the car we wound around the bay, which, on the map, made the shape of an ear with a tear-shaped island off the coast like a jewel earring. My mother and I were going to see the lighthou More

Jolley Prize 2018 (Shortlisted): 'Between the Mountain and the Sea' by Sharmini Aphrodite

Sharmini Aphrodite
25 July 2018

It was the first thing she noticed: all the clocks had stopped. She only mentioned it when she was shown to the dining table and the woman – his grandmother – placed in front of her a More

Jolley Prize 2018 (Shortlisted): 'Vasco' by Claire Aman

Claire Aman
25 July 2018

Before I learnt the language of map-making, the word cadastre sounded like a timbre or a cadence. It was a momentous drum, a hollow ratatat. Bone, fire, dirt, stone. Like a shout, More

'Clear Midnight', a new story by Michael Caleb Tasker

Michael Caleb Tasker
06 March 2018

That winter it was bad and he often woke a little before midnight with his teeth aching and he would dress quickly and walk through the snow for an hour or so and later, when he came home, More

'What This Is', a new story by Allee Richards

29 March 2018

You are meeting with your PhD supervisor. You’re in his office – there’s a desk, books, framed degrees, and a wife, also framed. And there’s you and your supervisor seated on oppos More

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