Stringybark Times Past Award 2024


The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award



Make Believe


Robin Storey


The Vibrator


Derek Wayne


Hangman’s Blood


Maria Bonar

All she could see was darkness. A thick length of fabric had stolen her sight. Without her vision, her heart fluttered.  Every single sensation was so much more acute. The battering of the rain outside was riotous. Her inner temperature had risen several degrees and she could feel it radiating out from her trembling body. Every last shred of clothing had been stripped from her, right down to her socks. Her skin prickled as the air caressed every inch of her skin. With the blindfold on, it was impossible not to focus on the sensations that remained.

            — from Kiss in the Dark by Adam Ipsen

Inspired by the names of cocktails, twenty-five award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Awards,  will  delight you in this sensual, sexy and entertaining anthology by Australian and international short story writers.  Contains twenty-five cocktail recipes.


Snow Ball — Jim Baker • Screaming Orgasm — Maria Bonar • Dark and Stormy — Danielle Chedid • Soixante-Neuf — Julie Davies • White Russian — Julie Davies • The Buzzer — Bernadette Frances • Kiss in the Dark — Adam Ipsen • Adios Motherfucker — Michelle Irwin • Lychee Martini — Dusty Lane • Harvey Wallbanger — Meg Main • After Dark — Claire Martijn • Deep Dark Secret — Claire Martijn • No Regrets — Sorcha Ni Mhaolmhuaidh • Water from the River Ganges — Rowena Michel • In the Saddle — R.L. Phoenix • Japanese Slipper — Jen Proctor • Mermaid — Josh Redman • Hot Carl Msagro — Diana Thurbon • Dusty Rose — Shane von Liger • Firefly — Michael Wilkinson • Satin Sheets — Michael Wilkinson • Red Lotus — Samira Wyld

Competition Closed: 5 Oct 2014

130 entries.  $860 in prizes.

Judges: Tessa King, Arna Walker, Jamie Todling and David Vernon

Editor: David Vernon

Proof-reader: Aislinn Batstone

Cover designer: David Vernon

Cover photographer: Thomas Hawk

Australian printer: Kainos Print, Canberra

25 published stories.  One e-book and printed anthology, Cocktails

Edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,

ISBN: 978-0-9925759-0-8

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

Purchase E-book ($3.95 AUD)