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As I made my way down Madaffari Drive, I assumed the noise was birds. It was only my second year in Exmouth, so it seemed possible that there were species I hadn’t yet come across. Perhaps some peculiar parrot or pelican. As I turned towards the beach, I caught a whiff of fermenting fish and…

Did you hear the one about the writer who submitted a funny story to a publishing house, and the work was swiftly and enthusiastically published? No, me neither. Where is the humour in Australian literary fiction? I’ve just started Rubik by Elizabeth Tan, and last night I read a scene where children, dressed up as…
I enjoy reading both fiction and narrative non-fiction, but I tend to write fiction almost exclusively. I’ve been asking myself why that is. I’m sitting at my desk and I’m meant to be writing, but instead I’m procrastinating, burning time, staring distractedly at my screen. Right now, as I type, this is the background of…
We like to pretend that there are no rigid class distinctions in Australia. It’s part of our national identity: non-Indigenous Australians are the descendants of swagmen and convicts, migrants and squatters. We think of ourselves as battlers, even if our particular battle is to pay the mortgage on our third investment property. And unless there’s…
We like to pretend that there are no rigid class distinctions in Australia. It’s part of our national identity: non-Indigenous Australians are the descendants of swagmen and convicts, migrants and squatters. We think of ourselves as battlers, even if our particular battle is to pay the mortgage on our third investment property. And unless there’s…
Your story ‘The Chopping Block’ won the South West Prize in the MR Short Story competition. How did you approach the story from conception through to completion? Were there certain challenges in its execution? A majority of my writing is speculative fiction...
What was it like to be on the other side of the writing process and to edit the collection of short stories for the Margaret River Short Story Competition? I've done a bit of editing work before; I was one of the fiction editors for the…
Andrea Goldsmith It’s a great pleasure this evening to be launching Helen Gildfind’s first book, her wonderful collection of stories THE WORRY FRONT. I first met Helen back in March 2013. She was one…
Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Graeme, and I’m doing an internship at Margaret River Press during the first half of 2018. I’m in the last semester (I hope) of a Master of Arts degree, majoring in creative writing. I started reading when I was about six years old (Roald Dahl’s The…
Nina, you eat too much. Every meal you tell yourself, You’ve got to stop eating like this. You never feel hungry. You never feel full. You’re always out of control. Now it’s 9pm. Again, you’ve sent yourself to bed to stop yourself eating. Again, you can’t sleep: all...
A short story can be likened to the high-achieving novel’s little sister—still finding her feet, still establishing her voice, still waiting to be noticed. Although there is no exact definition as to how long a short story should be, the general consensus is that a short story is meant to be read in one sitting…

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