Short Story

'Three sisters', a new story by Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander
27 February 2012

Let us take a look at this place. Marshlands. All the way to the horizon. The land drained, but nevertheless sinking. Sinking into nothing, nothing but itself. Frogs volleying noise in the grass unseen. The hazy movement of mosquitoes low to the ground. On a blade of swamp grass a sleek cricket. Blacker than night and – look closely – its antennae twitching. Jus ... More

'Russell Drysdale’s Trousers', a new story by Catherine Moffat

Catherine Moffat
25 November 2011

They were large, stained, rust-coloured. You’d found them in an op shop somewhere. Old men’s trousers. I laughed and wouldn’t believe you when you said they once belonged to Russell Drysdale. So you took them off, right there on the Town Hall steps, and waved them in front of my face, flourishing the tag with the neat red stitching and Russell Drysdale’s nam ... More

'Nitrogen', a new story by Meg Mundell

Meg Mundell
25 October 2011

We fell into the ocean backwards, making the OK signal for the camera. Later I replayed that footage several times, but it never seemed accurate: all flailing flippers and ungainly limbs, smiles stretched around the mouthpiece, that messy shattering of the surface. Nothing like the slow, deadly grace of being underwater.

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Jolley Prize 2011 (Winner): 'The Neighbour’s Beans' by Gregory Day

Gregory Day
27 September 2011

In the weeks and months after his Moira died he’d whittled off the callers, one by one, until even gentle Dave O’Donnell, his oldest friend, felt like a stranger when he came by to drop off a family-size pie. This was an unlikely turn of behaviour. In the resolute stare he gave Dave at the side door of the house, there was a grief that could brook no niceties, d ... More

Jolley Prize 2011: 'Before He Left the Family' by Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany
27 September 2011

Before he left the family, my father worked as a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company. He travelled from chemist to chemist with samples of pills and lotions and pastes in the back of his Valiant station wagon. The best sales representatives visited modern chemists in the city and suburbs. My father had to drive long distances to country chemists who ha ... More

Jolley Prize 2011 (Shortlist): 'Milk Tray' by Claire Aman

Claire Aman
27 September 2011

This is to say I didn’t take the old lady’s things for myself, I was only looking after them. I wanted to leave the chocolate box in her garden so when she lifted the lid she’d find her ruby rings and diamonds and pearls each tucked in their own dark nest. It was nearly ready, only two more to go – Turkish Delight and Peppermint Crème. She would have unders ... More

Jolley Prize 2011 (Shortlist): 'What’s Richard Ford Got to Do with It?' by Gaylene Carbis

Gaylene Carbis
27 September 2011

In the middle of their love-making, he said, suddenly – ‘Wait.’ He reached over to his wallet beside the bed and took out what was obviously a condom. He opened the packet, held up the condom and said, ‘Put it on.’

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'2048', a new story by Bruce Mutard

Bruce Mutard
27 September 2011
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'Suitable for a Lampshade', a new story by Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe
06 May 2011

I got the call when I was too far away to do anything about it. There was a pile of marking to get through, but that had been the case even before the call.

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'Half a house on a truck near T——', a new story by Wayne Macauley

Wayne Macauley
14 April 2011

Now you won’t believe this one, but I’ll tell it anyway. There was a man, a roof tiler, and he was happily married to a woman called Nicole who worked part-time as a nail technician; t More

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