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"I’m a runner. I don’t get pocket money for jobs
 or just because. Dad tells everyone how if I run ten ks he’ll give me five bucks. If I get a PB I get five dollars more. We have the rowing machine and the weights and a bench press in the spare room now. I’ve been running more lately, and someone else,
like a psychologist, might say it’s because my best friend died recently.” (Joiner Bay by Laura Elvery).

Selected out of over 200 entries from the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition, Joiner Bay and Other Stories features seventeen beautifully written and distinct short stories from across Australia.  This year’s winner, Laura Elvery has had work published in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Kill Your Darlings, Award-Winning Australian Writing and Griffith Review. Her story, “Joiner Bay”, tells the tale of a schoolboy who runs to make sense of his best friend’s suicide.

Second prize winner Else Fitzgerald’s work has appeared in Visible Ink, Australian Book Review, Award Winning Australian Writing and Offset. Her story “Sheen” leaves the reader questioning what it is that makes up humanity.

The South West Prize winner Leslie Thiele has had her short fiction commended and shortlisted in various competitions. Her story “Harbour Lights” details the emotional turmoil created by a painful confrontation.

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning Indigenous Australian writer. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Heat and Light was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance, and the Readings Prize. Ellen was named as a Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015.

Andreas Å Andersson is a writer of fiction and poetry from Vetlanda, Sweden, currently living in Melbourne. His work has appeared in Rabbit Poetry Journal, Scum Magazine and the Emerging Writers’ Festival anthology, 9 Slices.

Gail Chrisfield works as a corporate writer and writes short fiction. She lives on Victoria’s southwest coast with her partner and their two furkids. Her voluntary roles as Write Here in Surf Coast Convenor and Writers Victoria’s inaugural Regional Ambassador enable her to meet and encourage other local writers.

Yvonne Edgren was born in Finland to a Swedishspeaking family and migrated to Australia when she was a child. She taught for some years in a small progressive school, and is currently enrolled in a doctorate at Western Sydney University’s Writing and Society Research Centre. She is working on a novel.

Laura Elvery is a writer from Brisbane. Her work has been published in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Kill Your Darlings, Award Winning Australian Writing and Griffith Review. In 2016, Laura was shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards for an unpublished manuscript by an emerging writer.

Judyth Emanuel has short stories published in Overland Literary Magazine, Electric Literature Recommended Reading, Intrinsick, Fanzine, STORGY, One Page. Her stories are forthcoming in Literary Orphans, Quail Bell, Verity Lane, and PULP Literature. She is a finalist in The Raven Short Story Contest, semi-finalist for the Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest and shortlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Prize. Find Judyth online at www.judythemanuel.com or on twitter @judythewrite.

Else Fitzgerald is a Melbourne-based writer. Her work has appeared in various places including Visible Ink, Australian Book Review, The Suburban Review, Offset and Award Winning Australian Writing.

Charlotte Guest is a Western Australian writer and publishing officer at UWA Publishing. Her work has appeared in Griffith Review, Overland, Voiceworks, Australian Book Review, The West Australian, Westerly and elsewhere.

Keren Heenan has won a number of Australian short story awards, including the Alan Marshall, Southern Cross and Hal Porter awards, and she was placed second in the 2015 Fish Prize. She’s been published in Australian journals and anthologies, including Island, Overland, AWAW, and in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual (UK) 2014 and Fish Anthology (IRE) 2015.

John Jenkins is a widely published and muchtravelled former journalist who now lives on the rural outskirts of Melbourne and writes short fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. He was anthologised in Knitting and Other Stories (MRP, 2013) and is presently putting the finishing touches on his tenth poetry collection.

Erin Courtney Kelly is a writer from Melbourne. She is a previous winner of the John Marsden Prize for Short Fiction, has been nominated for the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Prize and was published in Women of Letters (Penguin). She has been published in journals both nationally and internationally.

Marian Matta began concentrating on the short story format in 2006 after being inspired by Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain and relishing the creative freedom provided by online fan fiction. Grandmother, history tragic, Internet junkie and circus student, she lives in the hills outside Melbourne, and is pleased to call Heath Ledger her muse.

Sophie McClelland is a copy-editor from Wales who moved to Perth in 2012 after a decade in London where she attained an English degree at Kings College London and spent many happy years working for an independent publisher. She has two young children and ‘Dependence Day’ is her first short story.

Belinda McCormick is a Melbourne-based writer of contemporary short fiction. When not delving into the difficult emotional territory of broken things, she dabbles in the comedic world of her reallife adventure.

Jo Morrison lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. She began her writing career as a journalist before completing her creative writing PhD at Murdoch University, where she now works as a sessional tutor. Her writing has previously been published in Westerly and Celebrity Studies journal. Find Jo online at www.jodijo.com or on twitter @JodijoMo.

Emily Paull is a writer of short fiction and historical fiction. She has been a Young Writerin-Residence at the Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden / Hachette Australia Prize, and was highly commended in the Hadow/Stuart award run by the Fellowship of Australian Writers, WA in 2016. Her work can be found in the [Re]sisters anthology and in Shibboleth and Other Stories, as well as on her blog— www.emilypaull.com.

Leslie Thiele loves reading books and writing stories. Sometimes she gets mixed up and scribbles ideas in the margins. Her short fiction has been commended and shortlisted in various competitions, sometimes they have even won! Leslie studies writing at Bunbury’s ECU campus and has learnt more there about a writers craft than she ever managed by herself.

Miriam Zolin’s fiction and non fiction have appeared in Griffith Review, a Sleepers Almanac, Australian Book Review, Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald and some other places. Her first novel was Tristessa & Lucido (UQP, 2003). She is working on the next one. Miriam lives in Mansfield in North East Victoria


Joiner Bay and other stories (Ed. Ellen van Neerven)

"I’m a runner. I don’t get pocket money for jobs
 or just because. Dad tells everyone how if I run ten ks he’ll give me five bucks. If I get a PB I get five dollars more. We have the rowing machine and the weights and a bench press in the spare room now. I’ve been running more lately, and someone else,
like a psychologist, might say it’s because my best friend died recently.” (Joiner Bay by Laura Elvery).

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Publication Year
2017
Edition
1st
Publisher
Margaret River Press
Format
Paperback
Category
Fiction

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ANZLitLovers LitBlog offers this comment about Laura Elvery's story Joiner Bay, 'In a story of less than ten pages, the characterisation is economical. 'Read the full review : https://anzlitlovers.com/2017/06/24/joiner-bay-by-laura-elvery-from-joiner-bay-and-other-stories-edited-by-ellen-van-neerven-and-a-book-giveaway-too/

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