Short Australian Stories
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Nobody likes you when you’re 23. So say Blink-182. But here at Spineless Wonders we’re here to say ‘Hold on, Bessie, just because you can’t listen to Taylor Swift’s 22 un-ironically anymore doesn’t mean nobody wants you’, because we do.

We do.

Our new digital platform, Slinkies, publishes and promotes the work of a handful of carefully selected Australian under-30s.

Check out our first batch of eSingles, here.

 

Every word counts when writers craft their stylish narratives in just half a page. Flashing The Square, the companion book of screen-sized stories flashed across Melbourne’s Federation Square, is packed with the best micro literature from around Australia. These 200-word gems sparkle with life, love, laughs, politics and poetry.

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Join us at the Melbourne Writers Festival when we flash fiction on to the large screen at Federation Square and for our panel on microliterature:

Very short stories have been around a long time: even Kafka, Woolf and Hemingway wrote them. The challenge is to embrace the brevity – to experiment with notions of character, conflict and resolution and to evoke place and mood, in few words. Join microfiction aficionado, Angela Meyer in conversation with Flashing The Square’s curator, Richard Holt and writer/ critic, Cassandra Atherton and writer, A.S. Patric. Our panel will discuss the origins of micro-literature, its increasing popularity, its challenges and its delights, from the perspectives of author, digital artist and blogger. Includes readings and screenings of microfiction and prose poems from Flashing The Square.

The World to Come showcases an incredibly diverse exploration of the themes of Science Fiction: future sex, alternate history, racism, procreation and energy.’
KAARON WARREN, Canberra Critics award-winner

AVAILABLE AS PRINT AND EBOOK, HERE

In selecting these stories from a global call-out, we looked for pieces that contemplated ‘the world to come’ in ways that, regardless of genre, surprised, delighted, enthralled or horrified us. Here, science fiction mixes with fantasy, with realism in all its sub-genres, with speculative fiction, with the almost unclassifiable.
PATRICK & OM PRAKASH DWIVEDI, Editors

To be launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival by Australian journalist, Jeff McMullen.

 

‘Literature, life, landscape, history: the whole gamut of Antipodean experience may be gleaned from its pages. An ideal resource for those interested in Ozlit, Cracking the Spine is also a pure pleasure to read.’
GEORDIE WILLIAMSON, Chief Literary Critic, THE AUSTRALIAN

‘A great resource for the classroom, and a great read for anyone who cares about how short stories work.’
KIRSTEN TRANTER,  UC BERKELEY

AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK, EBOOK & PDF here.

Cracking the Spine Ten short Australian stories and how they were written

Stories and essays by Claire Aman, Tony Birch, Rjurik Davidson, Michael Giacometti, Marion Halligan, Andy Kissane, Jennifer Mills, Ryan O’Neill, Maria Takolander and Patrick West. With an Introduction by Amanda Lohrey.

 

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