Summer Special 2015-16


Steiner’s Last Wilkie’s packs plenty of clout with comic relief

Dozens of Sydney’s literary alumni turned out to join Spineless Wonders’ and Little Fictions’ MC Adam Norris in raising a glass of bubbles to celebrate Jon Steiner’s new book The Last Wilkie’s and Other Stories at 107 Projects, Redfern, on December 6.

The event featured readings from the book, original artwork by cover designer Zoe Sadokierski and two short films by Reuben Field inspired by stories from the book.

The Last Wilkie’s and Other Stories is a quirky collection of short stories that are by turns funny, dark and troubling. Some are only a few sentences long; others span 10-15 pages.

All are effortless to read and laced with a quick, sardonic wit that pokes fun at the life narratives we so earnestly attempt to create.

The term ‘quirky’ is often used in a dismissive way, yet neatly describes how Steiner’s stories combine emotional clout with comic relief.

Steiner’s work has previously appeared in the UTS Writers’ Anthology and two Spineless Wonders publications, and he is clearly a writer who delights in approaching the short story format at new and challenging angles.

Order yourself a copy of The Last Wilkie’s and Other Stories RIGHT NOW and at an early bird discount! Only AUD$20, shipping included.


Give the gift of the #GOB ... and get yourself a discount

Because Christmas is for giving and summer’s for reading, we’re giving you a discount when you give the gift of the #GOB to your friends, your relatives and even to yourself.

What’s the deal? With our #GOB (give one book) deal you get 10% off all Spineless Wonders paperbacks plus FREE postage.

How? Get your Christmas-New Year discount by typing the discount code #GOB in the discount field for the paperbacks when you reach the checkout page. To post a book to a friend, type their details in the shipping address fields and that’s Christmas and summer reading sorted!

Why do it? The great titles on sale will make fabulous gifts for yourself or your loved ones. (So snatch up My Hearts are Your Hearts by Carmel Bird, Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig, A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton, the Cracking the Spine anthology, and more …)

Where? Go to the Books page to browse, then click through to the Add to Cart button to order. Also visit Spineless Wonders on Facebook to see photo #GOBs, like Paddy O’Reilly (above centre), Julie Chevalier and Ryan O’Neill … and send us your #GOB photo to post too.

STOP PRESS … We’ve just extended the #GOB deal until Australia Day, January 26—but don’t miss your chance to shop NOW for Christmas or New Year reading.

Little Fictions photography by Khadija Ali.

What a dashing way to celebrate Christmas!

Celebrate Christmas with Spineless Wonders authors and editorial staff on Monday December 14 at Little Fictions at Knox Street Bar, starting at 7 pm.

You’ll hear great writing read by professional actors and authors, plus there’s food and wine at the bar. You might also win a free cocktail or a book.

Listen to Jon Steiner read two stories from his newest collection with Spineless Wonders, The Last Wilkie’s and Other Stories. You’ll also hear Mark O’Flynn’s story, ‘The Ping Pong Principle’ and ‘Afloat’ by Richard Holt. It promises to be a great night.

If you have to miss it—we’ll miss you—but do come along on February 8 to our first Little Fictions for 2016.

Want your story to feature in 2016?

Right now we’re selecting stories from our first call-out to short story writers beyond those published by Spineless Wonders.

We’ll be adding the chosen stories into the mix in early 2016. The next call-out deadline is March 31, 2016, and here’s how to submit and what we’re looking for.


Cover blown, perp named

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2015 Carmel Bird (New Crime Writing) Award is Amanda O’Callaghan for ‘The Turn’.

Shortlisted stories for the award include:

• ‘Thirteen Miles’ by  Michael Caleb Tasker

• ‘Swimming Pool Girls’ by Melanie Napthine

• ‘I Hate Crime Fiction: A True Crime Story’ by Eddy Burger

All four stories will be published alongside award-winning Australian writers in the  anthology, Crime Scenes, edited by Zane Lovitt, with a cover by Bettina Kaiser, and to be released in March 2016.


‘Quote’ unquote

‘The rat’s tail.’ Christian said, his big, luminescent teeth glittering like a corrupted angel. ‘I still have it out back. That long grey thing.’

‘It was a ponytail,’ Atticus corrected him … ‘Say it,’ he said.

‘Say what?’ ‘It wasn’t a rat’s tail. Say ponytail.’
 Christian opened and closed his scissors mid-air.
 Are you kidding?’
 No.’ Atticus watched the hairdresser shift from one foot to the other. ‘Say ponytail.’
 Again Christian worked his scissors mid-air. ‘... Ponytail.’

The Rattler, A Novella by A S Patric, Spineless Wonders, 2011


The turn of the clue

Our last competition winner was Angela Smith from Victoria. Thanks to all who entered.

This month … Crime Scenes will be released in March, 2016. To win a complimentary copy, tell us the name of the author who won the 2015 Carmel Bird Award and the title of the winning story.


Dates for your diary

December 14 - Little Fictions @ Knox St Bar, ‘Things that make you go Hmmm’, corner of Knox and Shepherd Streets, Chippendale, 7 pm.
December 20 - Entries due for Spineless Wonders/Newcastle Writers’ Festival Microlit Writing Competition. Theme is THRESHOLD, 200 words.
February 8 - Little Fictions @ Knox St Bar, 7 pm.