Monday, March 7, 2011

Short success

A small success!

I have had a short story 'merit' listed in a short story comp. Although it doesn't win me any prizes, it does mean my story has been published in an anthology put together by the competition organiser.

It's my first published piece of fiction, so I'm quite pleased with myself. The best part is that they actually put out a hard-copy version, as well as an ebook, so I'll get to see my work in print on paper! (Both available here.)

This is the blurb from their website:

The Umbrella’s Shade and other stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards

This unique anthology brings together 27 short stories from established and first-time writers. The themes are many and varied. They are united by a common passion and curiosity for exploring the Australian character and how Australia’s big, broad land affects those who live here. Dip your toe in and sample the very best entries in the Stringybark Short Story Award 2010 as selected by David Vernon, Gina Meyers and Andrew Perry.
    For readers, these short stories are clever, poignant, witty, amusing, sometimes sad but always well written and give an insight into Australia and Australians.
    For writers, these short stories illustrate what makes a great short story. You can’t write short stories unless you are familiar with the genre. Buy a copy today and be entertained by quality Australian writing.
So there you go. I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive, so haven't read any of the other stories. But it will be interesting to see in what other ways people have written about this 'big, broad land'.


  1. SF!! WHICH ONE ARE YOU??!?!?!!

    I'm looking at the short story titles and names and thinking - where is SF!!!!!?!?!?!!?

    AHA!! Sarah Fraser?!?!?! Yay!!!! I love anthologies so when I get my copy I need to read yours FIRST!! So there!! LOL!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done you!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!

    Take care

  2. Hmm, yes you might have got it right! Thank you Old Kitty, hope it's an enjoyable read.

  3. Congratulations! That's great news:)

  4. Oh fantastic! What great news to read - well done you, having a story in an anthology is a huge accomplishment!

    And I am drooling looking at the spines for in the picture of (some) books you've read - that Tolien book and Far From the Madding Crowd - is it a Pan imprint? I'm always on the look out for old editions of fave books - the cover art is so amazing.

  5. Agh - Tolkien I meant! Got a determined large cat on my lap and he is making typing around him very tricky!

  6. Thanks Jayne!

    I know, I love looking at the different covers of favourite books over the years. The Far From the Madding Crowd is a 1968 Pan imprint, found on my grandma's bookshelf. It's got a very 60s-looking Bathsheba on the front, from the film, I think was Julie Christie playing her.

    The Tolkien is LOTR, 1978 edition of all 3 books in one. The pages are very thin and the writing very small!