Stringybark Times Past Award 2024


The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award






Show, Don’t Tell


Susan K Sutherland


Killer Instinct


Kerry Cameron

The Sins of the Fathers


Sallie Ramsay

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.


Forever Yours — Lesley Adams • Saving Alf — Juliet Blair • Murder, Mayhem and Mystery Inc — David Campbell • Class Reunion — Patricia Cation • In Ruins — Peter Court • Send in the Clowns — Vicky Daddo • Redemption  — Graham D’Elboux • Boy — Tania Favazza • The Way It’s Always Been — A.K. Guthrie • Saint Saturnin — Jane Hendy • A Bird’s Eye View — Pippa Kay • Stinky Creek — Pippa Kay • Death Trap — Stephen Knox • Separation — Stephen Knox • Olivia — Katerina Protopsaltis • Bewitched by Blue Eyes  — Airi Repetti • Give Me Your Hand — Charlotte Soares • Pumpkin Scones — Susan K Sutherland • The Silver Stiletto — Su White

Competition Closed: 20th October 2013

101 entries.  $810 in prizes.

Judges: Maree Teychenné, Antoinette Merrillees, Rick Williams and David Vernon

Editor: David Vernon

Proof-reader: Aislinn Batstone

Cover designer: David Vernon

Cover photographer: Richard Tring

Australian printer: Printstant, Canberra

22 published stories.  One e-book and printed anthology, Malicious Mysteries

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

ISBN: 978-0-9875239-5-2  

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

Purchase E-book ($3.95 AUD)