Short Stories

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

peachesMAY 2019: 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 still-provisional titles for the story collection, I won't list them all here.

I have been fascinated by short fiction since the mid 1970s. Since that time, 24 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 new books I have in mind, however, will be the first collections of my own work. But it is still early days, with both collections still a year or so from completion. 

*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.)

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!

Peaches pic plucked from internet. Thanks.

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