Short Story

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

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

Jolley Prize 2017 (Winner): 'Pheidippides' by Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson
26 July 2017

At the first interview, I sat in a plastic canteen chair while Berkeley lay under a towel and a woman with spiked hair dug into the cords of his thigh. He rested his chin on his forearms s More

Jolley Prize 2017 (Shortlisted): 'Butter' by Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis
25 July 2017

We met him in a park down by the derelict part of the harbour. It was just an oblong of yellow grass and some lopsided play equipment. We used to go there at night and drink cheap, fizzy w More

Jolley Prize 2017 (Shortlisted): 'The Leaching Layer' by Dominic Amerena

Dominic Amerena
25 July 2017

My neighbour has been digging a hole in his backyard for the past few days. The hole is quite large now, big enough to fit, say, a single bed, or – it’s hard not to draw the connection More

'Help Me Harden My Heart' a new story by Dominic Amerena

Dominic Amerena
18 January 2017

I’m scrubbing the word SCUM off the front door of our house. I wipe so hard that my wrists start to ache, but the red letters remain bold and bright, their edges dripping as if they’re bleeding.

The whipbirds are going mad in the fig tree by the fence, the way they always do before a storm. I turn and look at the dark clouds collecting over the buildings ... More

'The Man I Should Have Married' a new story by Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey
23 November 2017

I can’t remember when the man who is now my husband first told me he loved me. Was it when we drank cocktails at that windowless bar with the old train seats you could turn to face in either direction? We tried to go back once, but it had been replaced with a hardware store; we priced a set of outdoor furniture and bought some new wire for the clothesline to stop ... More

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