Stringybark Times Past Award 2024


The Stringybark Flash Fiction Award



The Cleaner


David Campbell


Mal’s Coming for a Visit


Rebecca Raisin



Linda Wyrill


Between Heaven and Hell


Annette Johnson

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 flashfiction 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.


A Life Worth Living — Z.S. Nojin • Free-Diving — Morgana MacLeod • The Oonjimalla Hotel — Kylie Mulcahy • Not Everybody’s Beautiful — Naomi Reed • The City — Parrett Favell • Pay it On — Anne Dwyer • A Tidy Sum — Kerry Lown Whalen • The Good Old Days — James Kent • You Can Fix Her Up Now — Kerry Taylor • Last Tango in Bassendean — Joanna Capelle • Blue Willow — Gayle Beveridge • Flash Harry — Kerry Lown Whalen •  Kings Cross Roads — Morgana MacLeod • The Black Hole — Pamela Tatt • A Matter of Choice — Coral Sturgess • The Gift of a Granddaughter — Vickie Walker • The Nest Egg — Francis Cloake • Home-coming — Kerry Taylor • Safe at a Distance — Kurt Ulmer • Carry You — Katrina Sugars • Living Alone — Meg Main • Red Wednesday — Frank Leggett • Nutmeg Custard — Jeanette Fegan • The Boon — Thérèse Murphy • Not a Romance — Thea Biesheuvel • The Windmill Trilogy — Vickie Walker • The Haunting of Collie Street — Helen Meikle • Solitary Man — April Edwards • Obligations — Carmel Lillis • The Shed — Kate Loveday • The Duke of York and the Municipal Arch (1901)  — Adam Tucker • Out of the Blue — Joanne Capelle • Connection — Beverley Lello • The Piano’s Song — Elissa Turner

Competition Closed: 31st March 2011

159 entries.  $515 in prizes.

Judges: Nadine Smith, Sarah Whitehead, Rick Williams and David Vernon

Editor: David Vernon

Proof-reader: Barbara Vernon

Cover designer: David Vernon

Cover photo: Whitney Merritt

Australian printer: Digital Print Australia (Adelaide)

28 published stories.  One printed anthology,  and one e-book.

Edited by David Vernon, 122pp, paperback

Stringybark Publishing ISBN: 9780987092229

$5 AUD for E-book

Purchase E-book ($3.95 AUD)