Short Story

Jolley Prize 2016 (Shortlist): 'The Water Calligrapher's Women' by Jonathan Tel

Jonathan Tel
21 July 2016

She says it was a man, an old man (but all men are old to her), which man, what did he look like, what was he wearing, what did he do ...

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'Butterfly as Metaphor' a new story by Heather Tucker

Heather Tucker
30 March 2016
For all of his eight years Neo has been trying to grow wings. He's mastered the egg, caterpillar, and pupal stages, but the emerging from chrysalis is suspended. More

'Year of the Panda', a new story by Jonathan Tel

Jonathan Tel
15 January 2016
She sells her body to save her mother's life. If they made her the star of a reality show, that would be the tagline. The series would end with the mother's funeral; or else with a w More

'It is Margaret', a new story by Elizabeth Harrower

Elizabeth Harrower
25 September 2015

Before the ceremony began, the woman with hairy legs and an air of having just abandoned a cigarette wandered as though at a party to the coffin where – though it was impossible and not so – Clelia’s mother, Margaret, was. Three days ago, four days ago, Clelia had said to her mother, ‘Come and see the blossom I’ve brought back.’ She had just returned to ... More

Jolley Prize 2015 (Winner): 'The Elector of Nossnearly' by Rob Magnuson Smith

Rob Magnuson Smith
25 August 2015

One by one the Shetlands had emptied. Father said we had to make ourselves known or we were next. He was trying to get into the Scottish Stud Book and Elector was his answer. I didn’t care. I just wanted to ride Chicken.

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Jolley Prize 2015 (Shortlist): 'Crest' by Harriet McKnight

Harriet McKnight
25 August 2015

It takes more than half an hour to put on all the layers of the dry suit. First the woollen thermals, then the thick undersuit and the neoprene seals around the neck and wrists. Finally, the membrane shell. All this before we even look for the hole in the ice. By the time we hit the water we are as plump and blubber-thick as the more cold-adapted creatures: se ... More

Jolley Prize 2015 (Shortlist): 'Borges and I' by Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill
25 August 2015

I trace my encounters with time travel to perdurantism and poetry. In the spring of 1981, I was appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado to probe a wormhole, an undertaking of ambitious design which would allow information to travel faster than the speed of light. As the universe was changing, the preparations were endless. O ... More

'The 900s Have Moved', a new story by Gregory Day

Gregory Day
15 December 2014

Georgie heard it too. On the very first morning of this story, though so much had gone beforehand. The usual warbling of the typical magpies, if anything so mysteriously complex as a magpie’s song can be called typical. There she’d lie, day after day, alongside Muir in their countless beds, in cramped corner flats and large creaking homesteads, in cold fi ... More

Jolley Prize 2014 (Shortlist): 'Doisneau's Kiss' by Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy
27 August 2014

He was a man with a pinboard, and that boosted him a hundred points in her nervy evaluation, the first night she saw his room. On the pinboard were tickets, a laminated backstage pass, a wrapper from a Swiss chocolate, all those things that could wait for drowsy burbling nocturnal stories in the dark, the recounting of Times Before Her recited off like threaded bead ... More

Jolley Prize 2014 (Shortlist): 'The Art of Life' by Faith Oxenbridge

Faith Oxenbridge
27 August 2014

Inherit your great-grandmother’s wild red hair and hear the boys sing Griffin’s Gingernuts are so spicy when you walk past the Four Square court. Feel like a freak. Ask your mother if you can cut your hair short when you start high school and hear her say but it’s your best asset. Worry about your assets. Regret not cutting it on the first ... More

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