Stringybark Open Award 2023
The Stringybark Times Past Award 2019
Competition Closed: 16 June 2019
123 entries. $1020 in prizes.
Judges: Fiona Hannan, Antoinette Merillees, Julia Robertson and David Vernon
Editor: David Vernon
Cover designer: Jonathan Vernon
Layout: Stringybark Publishing
Australian printer: Prinstant, Canberra
Thirty-two award-winning short stories from the Stringybark 'Times Past' Short Fiction Awards entertainingly brings Australian history to life. From gentlemen bushrangers and destitute children to the impact of The Pill, and women being allowed in pubs, these true stories will delight, challenge and intrigue you. Written by some of Australia's best contemporary short story writers, as well as new and emerging authors, each tale illuminates a neglected part of Australia's history.
When Janine found out a ‘flying trapeze workshop’ was being offered as one of the events at the first ever Sydney Festival, she thanked her lucky stars and expressed her joy with dance… all over the furniture, bouncing around the lounge room like a possum in a cement mixer. The half-filled ashtray and tarot deck went flying across the room as she vaulted over the coffee table, interrupting her flat mate from his studies.
— from Buckley’s Chance by Mark Luntungan
I was seven-years-old when my mother was taken by Death. When the fever came upon her, I lit two candles and placed one on the window sill looking onto the street; the other I placed on the small table by Mother’s bed so that I could see to bathe her face. I was careful to keep it away from the cradle where baby Mary Ann cried and fretted. I had given the baby a rag to suck soaked in a little sugared water, but she would not take it. Her tiny body was burning up too even though the evening was cold.
— from Neglected by Beverley Lello
32 published stories. One e-book and printed anthology, Fault Lines.
Edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback, Stringybark Publishing,
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An Editor, December 1954
Two Leg Trade
Saving Sarah — Rosemary Argue
The Ploughman — Greg Bartlett
The Legacy — Greg Bartlett
Doosia's Choice — Juliet Blair
Rabbits — Colin Campbell
For Valour — Shannon Coyle
Sons of the South — Julie Davies
Requited — Valerie Everett
Double or Nothing — Rod Flanagan
Pay at Reception — Rod Flanagan
A Party with a Purpose — Caryn Jacobs
The Last Tiger — Lucinda Joura
The Swamps in Truro — Petr Joura
Margo — Marion Langford
Neglected — Beverley Lello
The Gentleman Bushranger — Karen Lieversz
Buckley's Chance — Mark Luntungan
Got the Lot — Meg Main
A Perfect Murder — Chris Moss
Setting the Bar — Emma Mulheran
Tears, Fears and Bloody Boots — Jenny Parkes
Horizon — E.B. Richards
The Chicken — Sarah Jane Rutherford
Hail Mary — John Hogan
Lightfoot' Linfoot — Kay Spencer
The Woman on the Wall — Kay Spencer
For Freedom and Honour — Anne Tavares
The Waif Wanderer — Paula Wilson
Dear Grace — Carole Worthy