Torvald’s Year, A Short Story by C.H. Pearce
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Torvald’s Year, A Short Story by C.H. Pearce

C.H. Pearce’s short story, Torvald’s Year, won the 2015 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award.

“This account of how poor Torvald struggles to escape his wretched life below ground is a superb example of speculative fiction. It plunges the reader straight into a dystopian world of ‘suffering’ without any of those explanations and technological details which would detract from the story.” (Judge, Maureen Bettle). Continue reading

Taking 5 with Short Story Extraordinaire, Theresa Layton
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Taking 5 with Short Story Extraordinaire, Theresa Layton

Theresa Layton is an award winning author who lives and works in Canberra as a facilitator, professional writer and consultant in law courts. Theresa is hosting a workshop series at the ACT Writers Centre, Focus on the Short Story, for short story writers at all levels, starting 30 March 2016. In this installment of Taking 5, Theresa gives … Continue reading

Now and Then, A Short Story by Jennifer Hand
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Now and Then, A Short Story by Jennifer Hand

Jennifer Hand’s short story, Now and Then, was highly commended in the 2015 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. “Subtle and understated, this double portrait brings together a young woman with her older self in the mundane setting of a supermarket” (Judge, Maureen Bettle). Read Jennifer’s piece below and stay tuned for more winners and shortlisted stories … Continue reading

The Garden House, A Short Story by Alison O’Hara
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The Garden House, A Short Story by Alison O’Hara

Alison O’Hara’s short story, The Garden House, was shortlisted in the 2014 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. Read her piece below. Stay tuned for the publication of other shortlisted and winning entries in the coming weeks. They can be found here. She could tell straight away that the garden had once been loved. Tall natives straggled … Continue reading

The Loose Thread and the Sterile Needles, A Short Story by Cara Lennon
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The Loose Thread and the Sterile Needles, A Short Story by Cara Lennon

Cara Lennon’s story, The Loose Thread and the Sterile Needles, was shortlisted in the 2014 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Award. Read her piece below. Other shortlisted and winning entries will be published here in the coming weeks. I don’t usually keep a diary, but my encounters with Rory were so unusual, I feel the need to jot something down. I’m writing … Continue reading