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A Visit from the Duchess and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award

edited by David Vernon, 162pp, paperback

Stringybark Publishing ISBN: 9780987092243


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“Do you know who I am?” rasps the man.

“Indeed, Mr Dakamos. Everyone up here has followed your career with interest.”

“Then you know what I have achieved. I have united the six continents with blood and fire! I have torn down the idols of the old kingdoms, and raised the standard of Gothog atop every hill.”

“Marvellous,” you murmur, subtly moving your ice-cherry mug a safe distance from his agitated hands.  (from The Historian by Jack Nicholls).


Science fiction, fantasy, horror and the occasional zombie can be found in these twenty-eight wickedly clever speculative fiction stories written by both Australian and international authors.   Chosen by Ruth Ellison, Russell Schneider and David Vernon, these are the best of the entries in the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Awards.


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The Umbrella’s Shade and other stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards

edited by David Vernon, 120pp, paperback

Stringybark Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9870922-0-5


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This unique anthology brings together 27 short  stories from established and first-time writers.  The themes are many and varied.  They are united by a common passion and curiosity for exploring the Australian character and how Australia’s big, broad land affects those who live here.  Dip your toe in and sample the very best entries in the Stringybark Short Story Award 2010 as selected by David Vernon, Gina Meyers and Andrew Perry.

Men at Birth (2nd Edition)

edited by David Vernon, 218pp, paperback

Finch Publishing ISBN: 9781921462238


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What does it feel like to attend the birth of your child?  How do men overcome their natural anxiety about birth?  What is the best way for men to support their partners?  This book answers these questions and many more.  Men at Birth contains twenty-two stories written by men, for men about their birth experience.  The stories you read here are often funny, sometimes sad, but all unfailingly triumphant.  They are the best preparation a man could have to attend the birth of his child.

With Women: Midwives Experiences: from shiftwork to continuity of care

edited by David Vernon, 245pp, paperback - SOLD OUT.  E-book coming soon.

Australian College of Midwives (publishers), ISBN: 978-0-9751674-5-8


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This book provides 38 stories from midwives who have moved from working shiftwork to providing continuity of care to women.  These stories are honest, entertaining and informative accounts of dealing with change and how both midwives, women and babies all benefit from this form of care.  It is a compelling resource for midwives and those who want to improve maternity care.

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Between Heaven and Hell and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award

edited by David Vernon, 122pp, paperback

Stringybark Publishing ISBN: 9780987092229


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Bikinis undulated, underwater pennants marking high points in Lachie’s life. Pink crocheted triangles, stiff with salt water, unknotted with fumbling fingers his first time. Sporty Lycra, cupping surf carnival competitors’ taut buttocks. Sequinned strings, slinking from the glittering loins of tired-eyed strippers at his brother’s buck’s night. Today, his girlfriend Em wore a shimmering cobalt bikini, the colour of the flash on a kookaburra’s wing (from Free-Diving by Morgana MacLeod).


Writers from all over Australian have contributed to this delightful anthology of thirty-eight flash fiction stories. Each story is complete in 1000 words or fewer. Written by established and first-time writers, these stories are the best of the entries in the Stringybark Flash Fiction Awards. Selected by David Vernon, Nadine Smith, Sarah Whitehead and Rick Williams.


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The Bridge — 21 short stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards

edited by David Vernon, 102pp, paperback

Stringybark Publishing ISBN: 9780987092229,


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The men drew up a couple of wooden stools and sat, one on each end of the hearth, hands wrapped around the mugs, the toes of their boots almost in the glowing embers, the mud drying into pale flakes. The smaller of the two, the one who had remained silent, turned his head in the direction of the young man in the corner and half nodded. He was a blackfella, broad across the shoulders. His skin was dark, his nose misshapen and the skin tissue on his brow was scarred.

— from The Boxer by Derek Mortimer


Twenty one Australian short stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards explore what it means to be an Australian. Sometimes funny, often intriguing, these stories from well known writers, as well as new writers, will leave you wanting more.

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Our Name Wasn’t Written — A Malta Memoir 1936 - 1943

by Caroline Vernon, with Dorothy Vernon and Michael Vernon

edited by David Vernon, 162pp, paperback

Stringybark Publishing ISBN: 9780987092212


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Often I had to go through bad raids to get to the office, but I was rarely late.  I used to turn the electric radiator on its back, boil the kettle and make a pot of tea.  The worse the raid the stronger the tea.  One day even the Chief complained that the tea was so strong that his teaspoon stood up in the cup.


Our Name Wasn’t Written is the memoir of a young mother struggling to feed, clothe and house her family on the “most bombed place on earth” — Malta during the Second World War.  But not only did Caroline Vernon struggle to feed her family, but every day, regardless of the air raids, she reported to work at Fort St Angelo where she managed the cypher books for the Royal Navy.


Containing first hand accounts, and many photos from the time, Our Name Wasn’t Written, takes the reader back to a period when food was scarce, death came daily from the sky and the rank of your husband was far more important than your skill at your job.


The Heat Wave of ’76 and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark

Erotic Fiction Award

edited by David Vernon, 138pp, paperback and e-book

Stringybark Publishing, ISBN: 9780987092267


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Sergei smiles as he sits down at her head.  His lover grasps his long fingers and leisurely runs her tongue over them.  His precious fingers!  They are in her mouth!  With a bite, she could ruin his career.  I must intervene.  I must!  I tense, ready to reveal myself.  Sergei smoothly caresses her cheek with his left hand and gently extracts his fingers from her slavering maw.  “Ma chérie,” he murmurs and has a swallow from his champagne glass.  His lover takes a more delicate sip and then their lips touch.  She is inhaling his intoxicating aftershave.  He is sensing a woman aroused.

— from Sergei by Michael Wilkinson



Twenty-one award-winning erotic short stories, written by both Australian and international authors, are included in this anthology.   From the discreet to the explicit,  these stories will provide heat on the coldest evening!  Chosen by Dr Kathryn Dwan, Dexter  Dutton, Fanny Lawrence  and David Vernon.

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Birth Stories — Real and inspiring accounts from Australian women

edited by David Vernon, 220pp, paperback

Finch Publishing, ISBN: 9781921462283


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Birth Stories is a collection of beautifully written, candid stories by Australian women about the triumphs, challenges and delights they experienced through childbirth.  The nineteen stories are from a wide range of mothers-to-be, first time mums, women having their second or third child, women seeking to have a natural birth after a previous caesarean delivery, and women having babies after suffering traumatic first births or sexual abuse.


“If you want to know what labour and birth actually feel like... if you want to know how women cope with pain... if you want to know what if feels like, physically and emotionally to push out a baby, then this is the book for you.”

— Dr Kathleen Fahy, Professor of Midwifery, University of Newcastle


I think this book is fantastic.  The stories are emotionally moving and a great inspiration.  It has revolutionised my ideas about birth.”

— Alison Burns, prospective mother

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Marngrook and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark  Australian History Short Story Award

edited by David Vernon, 142 pages, paperback and e-book

Stringybark Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9870922-8-1


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“People don’t understand how desperate you have to be to eat a boot,” he replied. “Exploration of uncharted territory is very demanding, especially in the arctic. They don’t realise what we went through: the bitter cold, the scurvy, the unknown.  Men died of starvation out there; they did desperate things. These were good men reduced to scraping moss from rocks to survive. Yes, we ate boot leather as well, but it was an act of desperation, a last ditch attempt at survival. They act like I ate my boots as a matter of choice.”

— from Act of Defiance by Harold Mally



Twenty-six award-winning short stories vividly bring Australian history to life, in this  anthology from both established and new writers.   Chosen by Gregory Blake, Jamie Hodder, Nadine Smith and David Vernon, Australian history has never been more interestingly and entertainingly presented.

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The Road Home and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award

edited by David Vernon, 142 pages, paperback and e-book

Stringybark Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9870922-9-8


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“Is he going to be woofed and poofed like my Pixie?”

“Woof… woof, woofed and p-poofed?”

At Bill’s quizzical frown, the child pointed to the dog-grooming salon. “Mum says Pixie costs a fortune to keep smelling and looking nice.” A dollop of chocolate liquid fell from the cone onto Tipper’s nose. A pale tongue licked it off. “Oh Mister, I’m sorry. He’ll get sick. Good thing the animal doctor lives next to the poofing shop.”

“Clever thinking young lady, don’t… don’t worry he’ll be-be-be… okay.” Bill smothered a chuckle. He didn’t feel like laughing although her innocent logic was irresistible. Should’ve waited in the car, he thought.


— from Top Dog by Barbara Fraser


Thirty-three highly entertaining short stories explore the nature of Australia and the Australian character in this anthology of award-winning stories. Written by established and new writers, each story has been chosen for its unique contribution to Australian literature. Chosen by Gina Meyers, Jill Jolly and David Vernon.

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Into the Darkness — one young Australian airman’s journey from Sydney to the deadly skies over Germany 1939 - 1945

by Arthur Hoyle DFC, edited by David Vernon, 168 pages, paperback with colour & black and white photographs and e-book,  Stringybark Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9870922-7-4


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Our Lancaster raced over the perimeter track and then tore down the slope through the dispersal area... with its wheels thumping on the grass but still firmly on the ground. It now seemed that nothing could save us and that, in the next couple of moments, we would disappear in a great explosion.  I could hear Bob saying “Get off the ground, you bastard, get off,” while Harry just said nothing...

Into the Darkness is the true story of a young  Australian  thown into the crucible of the air war over Europe.  Navigator, Arthur Hoyle, discovers the excitement,  the comraderie and the fear of being part of Bomber Command.  Intelligently written this book dramatically recreates the the trials of air crews over the dark skies of Europe — where the chance of surviving the full ‘tour’ was very low.  Close to half of all Bomber Command crew who took off into the darkness never returned.

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Between the Sheets — seventeen short stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards

edited and selected by David Vernon, e-book and paperback.  Paperback 98pp Stringybark Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4659-2532-9


$12.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.


"Adam watched her as she stood with her back to him, slender legs apart; her firm buttocks looking like a bisected apple from the tree God had forbidden him to touch. He felt an unfamiliar stirring in his belly and rubbed it briefly, thinking he should have eaten more berries for lunch."

from Paradise Lost by Julie Davies.


This collection of erotic tales, by sixteen established and new authors, gives a fresh insight into contemporary erotica. Chosen from the entrants in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards, David Vernon, has selected seventeen entertaining, amusing and arousing tales of passion. Ranging from the Garden of Eden to the sizzling streets of Spain, each story is sure to excite.

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Tainted Innocence and other award-winning stories from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award

edited by David Vernon, e-book — and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 978-0-9872558-1-5


$14.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.


The corpse was heavy. Significantly heavier than you would expect. That was the main problem, thought Bruce, but it certainly wasn’t the only one. The fact that there was a corpse at all was an issue in itself. 

The driving Melbourne rain fell with increasing determination as the two men navigated their way through the back lanes of Coburg. Bruce’s affection for his younger son — never particularly marked — was deteriorating rapidly...

“For crying out loud, Timmy!” Bruce cried as Timmy lost his grip yet again, the body dropping out of his trembling hands as a frenzy of barking exploded from behind a back fence. “If you can shoot him, you can fucking carry him!”

The evening was not going well.


— From Dumping Charlie by Monica Rogers


A tale with a twist always intrigues and here is an entire collection of thirty-one clever stories from both Australian and international authors.  These are the winning and highly commended stories from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Competition. Written by established and new writers, each story has been chosen for its unique contribution to Australian literature. Chosen by Susan Briggs, Andrew Perry, Julia Robertson and David Vernon.

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Yellow Pearl — eighteen short stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award

edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback Stringybark Publishing, ISBN: 978-147-605-3387


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Lachlan Dunn lifted his eyes from the book he was trying to read. He studied his uncle in the dim lamplight. “What you all done up for?”

Thaiter grinned and finished tucking his clean shirt into his trousers. “It’s me birthday. I’m off ta the Cosmopolitan for a couple.”

“Your birthday?” Lachlan laughed.

“You’ll note. I’m done right. Clean and shaven.” Thaiter did a spin and twinkled his eyebrows. “I might get lucky tonight.”


— from "Done Right" by Donna Fieldhouse


Raise the term ‘history’ in a conversation in any group and half the participants will glaze over and talk about something else. Why? Is it because they think that history is a collection of dates or stories about musty, dusty, kings? Perhaps. Or perhaps they have never come across an anthology like this one — full of good writing and intriguing plots. Eighteen fascinating stories that illustrate Australian history in a new and entertaining way.

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The Seven Deadly Sins and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award

edited by David Vernon, e-book — and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 978-1-47630-9552


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So… you are dead.

Here, in the newspaper, it says there were eight hundred at your funeral. I wasn’t there, of course, but can see in my mind the dark-dressed and somber-suited pressed into pews — like the oily anchovies we shared on crusty bread in our lunch breaks long ago.

No doubt it was a fitting send-off for a ‘pillar of the community and devout churchgoer.’ Did people weep as they eulogized the man who always put la famiglia first? What about my family? Did you ever consider them?

— From Threads by Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti


“Onanism,” said the boy. “May I have a word with you about onanism, Father?”

“Of course, my son,” said the young priest. “How have you come across the word?”

“I have heard some of the senior boys use the word, Father.”

“It is not a word much used by boys, I would have thought. Onan spilled his seed upon the ground.”

“You mean he was a gardener, Father?” asked the boy.

— From Seed by Gerald Vinestock


Thirty-five clever, contemporary and entertaining stories re-imagine Pope Gregory's Seven Deadly Sins. Written by established and emerging short story writers these stories will leave you greedy for more. Chosen by Kathie Brown, Kathryn Dwan, Peter Jolly and David Vernon these are the very best of the entries in the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award.

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Behind the Wattles and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Awards

edited by David Vernon, e-book — and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 978-0-9872558-5-3


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Slowly, the hole grew deeper as he found his rhythm. Dig, swing, dump. Dig, swing, dump. His laboured breathing synchronised with the turning of his shoulders; dragon’s breath in the morning chill. He was grateful for the wattle trees enshrouding the lower garden, for they shielded him from prying eyes while he undertook this grimmest of tasks. Sunlight slanted through silver leaves and splashed upon her corpse, which was gaily wrapped in a floral curtain he’d found in the garage.


“Would she like those colours?” he wondered, without irony. He had no idea who she was, only that he’d awoken to discover her lying still and cold beside him in his bed.


— from Behind the Wattles by John Poole



Fifty-six flash fiction and twenty-one microfiction stories feature in this anthology of cunningly clever, award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Awards. From murder mysteries to goldfish and World War to pavlova, well-known and emerging short story writers demonstrate their skill in weaving compelling tales in fewer than one thousand words.

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Hitler Did It — Twenty-one short stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards

edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 978-1-3018100-17


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Have you noticed how much can happen in fifteen minutes? You can sit with a child and complete a thirty-six piece jigsaw puzzle. You can clean a bathroom. Wash the car. The dog. Yourself, including the tri-weekly hair shampoo. Or, have a conversation that will change your life.  — from Fifteen Minutes by Rebecca Raisin


Robbie invested three weeks in pub dinners and movies before finally parking his Mini outside Olga’s flat and walking her to the door. It had taken longer than expected but there was an intensity about her that intrigued him. And sometimes she had seemed keen and then at other times there was a wall between them. But tonight he felt would be different. Wordlessly she took his hand and led him inside. As he unbuttoned Olga’s blouse, Robbie thought: “Better go easy, I’m probably the first.”

— from Just a Notch by John Poole


Here are twenty-one unique, contemporary and entertaining short stories, chosen from some of the best entries in the Stringybark Short Story Awards and  other clever tales that sail across the desk at Stringybark Stories.  Selected by David Vernon this anthology is the fourth book in the Stringybark Editor's Choice series.  Other books in the collection include: The Bridge, Between the Sheets and Yellow Pearl.

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Fight and Flight and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Young Adult Short Fiction Award

edited by David Vernon, e-book (available now) — and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 978-0-9872558-8-4


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Meg works her way down into her new sleeping bag and smiles to herself. It was a good find. She found it in the Salvos. Someone must have given it to them because the zip broke, but it’s fine. Not as good as the doona on her bed at home, maybe, but fine all the same. She is safe here.


She giggles at that thought. Most people would think home would be safer than the streets by a long way. They’d be wrong. Here she has Jack lying beside her, rolled up in his blanket. He won’t let anything bad happen to her, here on the street, in the shop doorway. He’s a barrier between her and the late night crowds. A couple of teenagers stop to look at them, whispering to each other. “Nah,” one says. “Nothing worth taking.” And they move on.

— From The Scream by Jackie Tritt


Twenty award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Young Adult Short Fiction Award showcase some of the best contemporary YA authors writing today. From sharks and skateboards to religion and romance, these stories illustrate the breadth and depth of what interests today's teenagers.  Chosen by Georgia Crocker, Kerry Johnstone, David Vernon and Michael Vernon.

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The Very End of the Affair and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Humorous Short Fiction Awards

edited by David Vernon, e-book — and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 9781301589449


$14.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.


So here I sit, yet again, at the end of another day wondering how on earth this happened. Why? No seriously, why? Did I sit on a fairy godmother with PMS? Why is this happening to me again? And as I stare at my bleeding knees and the strange mutated pulp of once fresh and really quite expensive vegetables in the beaten and leaking remains of my shopping bag, I think two things: Will she believe me this time? and I should have taken the L90 bus.

— from Yes… yes… yes… by Louise S Allen


When my brother and I started belting each other in the testicles with sticks, as young Aussie males are destined to do, my mother would shout “Stop hitting each other in the Googlies.” Now, obviously, she meant ‘goolies’, since this is the well-known slang term for testicles. But she was a new Australian and, as mentioned, wielded linguistic fabrications like a machete in a crowded elevator.

— From Learning the Spin by Peter Court


Twenty-seven award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Humorous Short Fiction Awards will make you smile, snigger and guffaw. Navigate your way through a collection of clever and witty tales, via celebrity chefs, carpet snakes, iGods and other bizarre and not so bizarre plots to the very end of the affair.

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Valentine’s Day — twenty-three award-winning stories from the Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Awards

edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 978-0-9875239-1-4  $14.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.


I lie, warm and relaxed, on my stomach, my legs slightly parted. A crackling fire in the hearth heats the room and there are scented candles casting a comforting glow over the walls. Our nest is perfectly arranged. I have learnt to relax in this splayed position over the past couple of years. My wrists are tied with silk to the bedposts and I wait with increasing impatience for the game to start. — from "Silk" by Michael Wilkinson


He reaches into the bath, and with a wordless question she answers in her smile, pulls the plug and they both watch as the water subsides, exposing her body, covered with snow drifts of bubbles, and swirls of receding water. Extending a hand he pulls her to her feet, and reaches for the towel, then expertly starts to dry her. This unexpected expression of devotion creates such a sensation of care and delight she laughs, then reaches up and kisses him soundly, dripping bath water down his beard and onto his shirt. They hold each other, kissing softly. — from "The Loving" by Rees Campbell


Twenty-three award-winning erotic short stories illustrate the creativity and sensuality of contemporary erotic writing in this delightful anthology. Chosen from over 160 entries in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards these sexy tales will charm, arouse and provide warmth on the coldest evening. From the discreet to the explicit there is something for every reader.

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Stew and Sinkers — thirty award-winning stories from the Stringybark ‘Times Past’ Short Fiction Awards

edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,
ISBN: 978-0-9875239-3-8  $14.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.


We weren’t the church going types but Sally didn’t want to get married in a garden. People don’t listen in gardens she’d said. Too many distractions with barking dogs and noisy kids. A wedding is an important thing apparently; vows should be absorbed by all guests. Not sure why this is a priority when the guest list boasts the likes of Sally’s Aunty Dot with uncontrollable gas and a penchant for yelling out to every passer-by to fetch her a beer. But who was I to question?  — from My Ernest Decision by Kylie Orr


“Yer 'usband.” Donohoe cocked the pistol. “Where is he?”

Sarah froze.

He crossed the room, jammed the pistol to her throat, so she coughed.

“Out with it, moll!”

“Laying dingo traps,” she gasped.

The pressure eased. “Anyone else 'ere?”

She shook her head.

A speculative gleam appeared in his eyes. “Well now,” he came closer, whispered in her ear, “’tis just the two of us.”  — from Stew and Sinkers by Debra Booth


Thirty award-winning short stories from the Stringybark 'Times Past' Short Fiction Awards entertainingly bring Australian history to life. From the first Australian hanging to twenty-first century medical care, these true stories will delight, challenge and intrigue the most demanding reader. Written by some of Australia's best contemporary short story writers, as well as new talent, each tale illuminates a forgotten part of Australia's history.

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Malicious Mysteries — Twenty-two award-winning stories from the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Awards

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Further up the shore, past the small dog playing in the sand, Alisha is standing barefoot at the water’s edge. Her silver strapless dress catches the light, holds it for a moment then lets it escape. The dog barks, distracting her from her downward gaze. She lunges towards him, chasing him as he runs playful circles around her. Alisha grabs something silver from the dog’s mouth, changing direction, she runs, full stride, with an urgency only hampered by the tightness of her dress.

— From The Silver Stiletto by Su White


It took a long, dirty hour to clean him up. It took a full fifteen minutes just to ease the twigs and leaves from his matted hair and another fifteen to gently pull out the small thorns and prickles that were stuck in his hands and feet. On the verandah they filled a metal tub with warm, soapy water and encouraged the boy in by adding a plastic duck to the bubbles. The men looked at each other, shaking their heads and half smiling as the boy, naked from the outset, climbed in.

— From Boy by Tania Favazza


Murder most foul. Ghostly images. A stumped detective. Lost treasure. An icy poltergeist. A lost boy. A skilled taxidermist. They are all here in this malicious collection of mysterious short stories from the Stringybark Malicious Mystery Short Story Awards. Twenty-two award-winning tales that will chill your bones and delight your senses are showcased here for your shivery delight.

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Side by Side — Twenty-three award-winning stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards

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When you’re a kid you live in your own world, a world separate from everything else. When you’re a kid a dead branch is anything but a dead branch. It’s a sword, a cricket bat, or even a flying broomstick; it’s whatever you need it to be. For most people their childhood world slowly fades as they get older and one day between jumping to avoid the cracks in the footpath and asking to borrow their parent’s car keys they look down and realise they’re holding a dead branch instead of a light-sabre. But sometimes, childhood worlds don’t fade, they shatter.       

    — from Beneath the Wheat by Iain Murray


Dennis glanced at the sun peeping above the horizon and slowly rubbed his eyes. It had been a restless night, tossing and turning, and finally waking to find the pillow on the floor, his right foot wedged between the bedside table and the mattress and the sheet around his neck. He had clearly drunk too many drinks last night in celebration. But why? Then it came to him in a rush.

    — from The Godfather of Balmain by David Wilkinson


Twenty-three award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards will delight and intrigue you in this anthology of clever tales from Australian and international short story writers.

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A Tick Tock Heart — Twenty-two award-winning stories from the Stringybark Future Times Awards

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Twenty-two award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Future Times Awards will propel you into a world beyond 2020. These stories will delight and intrigue you in this anthology of clever tales from Australian and international authors.


Mika was elbow-deep in the torso of an android when the front door hissed open. She set her tools beside the robot carcass and headed for the desk at the front of the shop, weaving around precarious piles of android parts and ducking beneath the wires and bits of robot that hung from the ceiling.

There was a girl standing behind the desk. She couldn’t have been older than eighteen, with heliotrope hair and tanned skin, and she was glancing around at the shop behind the desk with a curious eye.

“Welcome to Mika’s Android Construction and Repair,” Mika said, leaning on the desk. “I’m Mika. Shouldn’t you be in school?”

     — from 'Not Quite Normal' by Amy de Jong


She moves to the window and watches the moon rise, a blood-orange ball balanced on the horizon, illuminating the place where the track first appears. Once, this track had been kept graded for the armies of tourists in their four-wheel-drives, but the tourists don’t come anymore; the fuel is too precious and the wet seasons too long lasting to make it feasible to repair the roads. It is only possible to approach by hovercopter or on foot. The breeders always come on foot.

     — from 'No Bigger than my Thumb' by Beverley Lello

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Role of a Lifetime — Twenty-five award-winning stories from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Awards

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Twenty-five award-winning short stories from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Awards will intrigue and delight you in this anthology of twisted tales from Australian and international short story writers.


I don’t want this to seem like a sob story. I’m not trying to reach out for help. I’d just like to tell my story because I’m not like everyone else. Because I remember.

I remember being born — my first glimpse of the world, wet and a little sticky, everything glazed and out of focus as my undeveloped eyes took it all in. I mean, I don’t remember every second of it, not like it was yesterday, but I do have a memory of it, and that’s more than most can say.

    — from 'Peter the Orphan' by Debbie Kaye


She moved slowly, unsure of herself; self-conscious of his gaze, and her own anxieties; are my breasts too small? Is my bum big enough? So many images of what her femininity could or should look like flashed against her own images of herself. Cliché’s of ‘what-it-means-to-be-truly-naked’ tend to be irrelevant when undressing outside the sanctuary of your own room, your own mirror and outside your own thoughts that maybe your ass is looking nice today.

    — from 'First Times' by Rashad Brathwaite

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