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The Stringybark Short Story Award 2018
Competition Closed: 18 March 2018
249 entries. $1210 in prizes.
Judges: Kathy Childs, Dr Kathryn Collins, Julie Davies and David Vernon
Editor: David Vernon
Cover designer: Michael Vernon
Ausralian printer: Prinstant, Canberra
Thirty-seven award-winning short stories from Australian and international authors are showcased in this entertaining and thought-provoking anthology from the Stringybark Short Story Awards. An open-themed award this collection of stories covers topics from romance to murder, humour to horror and everything in between. Dive in for some wonderful literary treats!
Arms, legs and breasts were thrust through the bars and the desperation caused Mr. Fox to stumble back, muttering, "Good God!" before being accosted on the other side and pinned by dirty arms to the bars and his waistcoat pocket was explored by boney fingers. Fortunately Mr. Fox had displayed some forethought and left his pocket watch at home, but he still seemed genuinely surprised by the molestation."Geeeeeet back!" one of the sailors yelled and swung a bat at the limbs, which receded quickly after the crack of wood on iron.
— from "Mr Fox and the Button Girl" by C.J. Dainton
Don was dead. The kookaburras were laughing. The two events were not correlated nor even causal. It just was. Just like the mist was rising over the small lake, the sun was catching the dew-laden spiderwebs and making them shine like silver platters at a banquet and that there was a crisp eucalypt-damp-grass smell rising from the ground. Nature was celebrating the start of a new day and obviously cared nothing for Don's predicament. But neither did I for that matter.
— from "Don and the Kookaburras" by Michael Wilkinson
37 published stories. One e-book and printed anthology, Timber! (in press).
Edited by David Vernon, e-book and paperback, Stringybark Publishing,
A$14.95 includes postage within Australia. Discounts for multiple purchases. Please enquire for international orders.
(A$4.95) or ($3.99 USD)
Mr Fox and the Button Girl
Going out for Coffee — Julia Archer
Fizzy Drink — C.F. Benham
Future Past — Bruce Blackford
Scars — Holly Bruce
Exposure — Holly Bruce
Graduation Night — Kerry Cameron
Warm as Ice — Kerry Cameron
Big Trouble — Lilian Cohen
Hugo's Second First Day — James Hart
Night Moves — Claire Johnston
A Fly on the Wall — Michael Kelly
Two Nights at the Carrington — Stephen Knox
Missing in Action — Roger Leigh
Lonely Stretch — Martin Lindsay
The Invisible Boy — Ian Martin
Soundscape — Chris Moss
A Man Misplaced — Paul Maxwell Taylor
Country Life — Victoria Mizen
One Week to Harvest — Victoria Mizen
Maisie, Maisie — Kitty Gardner
Homecoming — Elizabeth Ottosson
An Impossible Jewel — Natalie Parsons-Clair
Things that Kill — Jon Presswell
Tin Thimble — Nikki Reid
The Run — Pia Riley
A Little Cheeky — Barry Rosenberg
Her Other Life — Fin J Ross
The Jam Tin — Mark Scott
The Last Waterhole — Deanne Seigle-Buyat
A Sky the Shade of Pastel Blue — Alexander Somlyay
Lofty — Dan Staniforth
Left Over — Judy Tait
Don and the Kookaburras — Michael Wilkinson
The World's Greatest Mesmerist — Ted Witham