Michael McGirr Selects …

January 7, 2015By Bronwyn MehanThe Carmel Bird Award

We are pleased to announce the twelve finalists in the 2014 Carmel Bird Award, judged by Michael McGirr. Our mission for the 2014 competition was to find the best Australian long stories between 4,000 and 10,000 words. We received an unprecedented number of entries and our hard-working judge declared that the whole exercise had been … Read More

Long Story winner – Felicity Volk

March 12, 2013By Bronwyn Mehanfeature article No Comments

What Amanda Lohrey said about Felicity Volk’s winning story – Go, you are sent forth (Ite, missa est) ‘ I chose this as the winner because it is a fully developed story. It took me somewhere interesting, it surprised me at several turns, i.e. it developed, and developed interestingly, and it took some bold risks … Read More

Interview with Carmel Bird

May 8, 2011By Bronwyn MehanEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

Most literary awards (Hal Porter, Josephine Ulrick, Elizabeth Jolley) are named after writers who are now dead. How do you feel about the Spineless Wonders short story competition being named after you? Dead or alive, it is flattering to have my work in short fiction recognised in this way. I never actually think that Elizabeth … Read More