Short Stories

Forthcoming, and in progress: A Collection of Short Stories, and Quadrella of Novellas.

peachesUPDATED JAN 2022: I am now working on A New Collection of Short Stories, and also A Set of Novellas. I am toying with the title A Quadrella of Novellas for the latter, but with too many possible titles for the story collection, I won't try to list them all here.

So far (as of JAN 2022) I have completed 80 stories, now at initial edit stage, 26 of which have been preciously published. 

By mid 2022, I will probably have enough material for several collections, we will just have to wait and see.

I have been fascinated by short fiction since the mid 1970s. Since that time, around 25 of my own stories have been published in magazine journals, anthologies, newspapers, on websites, etc. I have also edited several anthologies containing new Australian short fiction.

The two (or perhaps three) new books I have in mind, however, will be the first short story/novella collections of my own work. 

*Already short-listed, published and prize winners:

Of my newest batch of 20 or so finished stories (ie, those dating back to around 2013/14) nine have already been shortlisted in leading Australian short story competitions and seven published in associated online or prize anthologies. One has won a major first prize, and another a 2nd prize. (For more details, see the Latest Posts and Publications section of this website.)

* 2020/2021: I am delighted that my short story, The Stars Shine for Bach, has recently been published in the Oz Music Trust's E-Zine, Loud Mouth. See: Also in the Oz Music Trust E-zine is my Mozart story Under His Hat:

Here is another recently published short story, The Flower in the Buttonhole:

* FIRST PRIZE, 2018 Elyne Mitchell Short Story Competition

Mitchell writing awardsMy story, The Girl Who Wasn't There won the Open Section of the 2018 Elyne Mitchell Award, for a story up to 2,500 words. And if you'd like to read all shortlisted entries; a well-produced booklet is available for $15 + $3 postage. (Contact the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre on 02 6076 2176 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



2nd Prize, C. J. Dennis Society Short Story Competition

My story, Rosemary's Summer Harvest won second prize in the 2018 C. J. Dennis Society Short Story Competition. 


My short story, Through a Latte Darkly, was published by Margaret River Press in the prize anthology, Joiner Bay & Other Stories, edited by Ellen van Neerven, 2017. (A previous short story, That Summer at Manly, was published in the MRP 2013 prize anthology, Knitting and Other Stories, see:

So far, completed stories comprise a huge variety: character studies, speculative fiction, tales of the uncanny, hard-nosed realism, naturalistic tales of everyday life, very dramatic stories and atmospheric ones as well. I find all the possibilities equally intriguing, and have many ideas and notes for same. I have also, very recently, completed my first novella (15,00 words-plus) and have several more novellas in progress.

I am yet to approach a potential publisher, as I have not yet decided upon the make-up of any final manuscript, or polished a final draft of same.  But will post developments as they happen. 

Again, watch this space!

frog and bug

Frog and harlequin bug. Pic JJ.

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