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The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award

is now OPEN

The Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Award

2012

THIRD PRIZE

FLASH


A Glass Almost Full

by

Otto Fischer

SECOND PRIZE

FLASH


Just Friends

by

Jacqui Halpin

FIRST PRIZE

FLASH


Behind the Wattles

by

John Poole

Slowly, the hole grew deeper as he found his rhythm. Dig, swing, dump. Dig, swing, dump. His laboured breathing synchronised with the turning of his shoulders; dragon’s breath in the morning chill. He was grateful for the wattle trees enshrouding the lower garden, for they shielded him from prying eyes while he undertook this grimmest of tasks. Sunlight slanted through silver leaves and splashed upon her corpse, which was gaily wrapped in a floral curtain he’d found in the garage.

     “Would she like those colours?” he wondered, without irony. He had no idea who she was, only that he’d awoken to discover her lying still and cold beside him in his bed.

— from Behind the Wattles by John Pool


Fifty-six flash fiction and twenty-one microfiction stories feature in this anthology of cunningly clever, award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Awards. From murder mysteries to goldfish and World War to pavlova, well-known and emerging short story writers demonstrate their skill in weaving compelling tales in fewer than one thousand words.

HIGHLY COMMENDED


Maxie — Gayle Beveridge • And Things Stood… — Peter Bishop • Lunch — Peter Bishop • Acknowledgement — Stephanie Brown • Today — Stephanie Brown • Changing Shape — Holly Bruce • Hindsight — Holly Bruce • • The Wave — Holly Bruce • There is Only One Left — Colin Campbell • Heavens Above! — David Campbell • The Call — Michael Carland • Annie — Sophie Constable • Roadside Tragedy — Catherine Cooper • Truly — Graham D’Elboux • Reprieve — Anne Dwyer • Heaven, Up a Gum Tree — Tania Favazza • The Mouths of Babes — Christine Ferdinands • The Coffee Drinkers — Beverley Fitzgerald • Slim Hope — Michael B Fletcher • Will it Hurt? — Lucille Francis • The Perfect Pav — Penny Gibson • Fire on the Skyline — Harry Gorry • What Price Bubbles — Harry Gorry • There was a Man — Candice Graham • Shark Games — Candice Graham • To Fill the Heart — Barbara Gurney • Tuesdays — Alexis Hailstones • Her Project — Richard Harvie • Better You than Me — Elsie Johnstone • The Music of Life — Michael Keane • Soldier — Beverley Lello • Drop Bear — Benjamin Lee • Lang was Right! — Benjamin Lee • iParadise Lost — Martin Lindsay • Swipe Error — Martin Lindsay • I’m Still Here — Jessica Lye • You Won’t Remember Me — Andy Lynam • A Spring Outing — David John Lynch • Common and Minor — Mark MacNamara • The Note — Richard Marman • The Ticket — Richard Marman • Liebesleid — Vanessa McKinley • It’s Ten-Thirty and They’re Calling My Name — Vanessa McKinley • Spatial High Jinks — William Mildren • Petrichor — John Poole • Rainbow Misconnection — Margie Riley • My Best Friend — Helen Rogan • The Complaints Department — Helen Rogan • The Nightly Stalker — Elaine Ross • A Lovely Cup of Tea — J.B. Rowley • Jillian — Derek Scales • Bad Sport — John Scholz • Increments of Fear — John Scholz • The Return of Hope — John Scholz • The Rip — John Scholz • The Morning After  — Jennifer Shapcott • Crushed Mint — Laura Jan Shore • Cutting — Graeme Simsion • The Butcher Boy — Katinka Smith • Number Twenty-Four — Barbara Stackpoole • Lost at Sea — Coral Sturgess • Enid Remembers… — Beata Taylor • Packenham to Melbourne — Diana Thurbon • Outback Casanova — Isla Troy • Getting By — Maggie Veness • Redemption Bay — Paul Whipp • The Boxes — Michael Wilkinson • Look to the Sky — Paul Williams • Remembering — Paul Williams • Afterglow — Tony Williams • Rest in Peace — Tony Williams


THIRD PRIZE

MICRO


12.7 Hours

by

Martin Lindsay

SECOND PRIZE

MICRO


1910

by

Graham D’Elboux

FIRST PRIZE

MICRO


The Question

by

Kerry Lown Whalen

Multiple copy discount

Competition Closed: 26th August 2012


345 entries.  $770 in prizes.

Judges: Antoinette Merrillees, Julia Robertson, Jamie Todling and David Vernon

Editor: David Vernon

Proof-reader: Jeanette Vernon

Cover designer: David Vernon

Cover artist: Claire McFarlane

Australian printer: Kainos Print (Canberra/Sydney)

77 published stories.  One e-book and printed anthology, Behind the Wattles.



edited by David Vernon, e-book — and paperback,  Stringybark Publishing,

ISBN: 978-0-9872558-5-3


$14.95 includes postage within Australia.  Discounts for multiple purchases.

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