At first, critics celebrated my use of blues and greens. ‘A colour field abstractionist who brought figuration and landscape back,’ they wrote. Whatever.Read More
Beginning in August 2011 I lived off Parramatta Road in Chloe’s studio apartment for 119 days, but not once did I consider us ‘a couple’ or ‘an item’ or any other romantic variation.Read More
She decided to wait for him to speak first this time and she waited a very long time.Read More
Wednesday mornings her school takes Mass. The students shuffle into the chapel and the priest’s ruddy face gleams over them, his flock, in a content and smug way that only a childless man’s can.Read More
New short fiction from the exceptionally talented author of Rubik, Elizabeth Tan.Read More
My first boyfriend, Ryan Forster, took up boxing when we started seeing each other. We would meet at the RSL, in front of whichever screen displayed a match.Read More
They lay on their backs in the hollow fist of the oak grove and looked up at the golden points of light in the exosphere.Read More
I was searching for my daughter who had been kidnapped.Read More
Geraldine knew she didn’t need her lips anymore. She did not care to eat and had no one to talk to, or to kiss. She decided to cut them off.Read More
Eli thought about buying a lawn mower. He stood at the door looking at the backyard. He couldn’t attribute everything to the codeine however.Read More
The man throws a shovel at me and tells me to dig. It’s heavy, construction grade, and slips through my hands onto the ground beside me.Read More
Discover the winners of Viva la Novella V...Read More
New fiction from Jonno Revanche on the weirdness of the suburbs and the pleasures in pain.Read More
And the shortlisted writers are...Read More
What do you do in your day job/life?
I’m an editor at an educational publishing house; I work on books for primary-aged students.
What’s the earliest thing you remember writing?
When I was about 6 or 7, I wrote a book about a cat called Tiger. The only thing I remember about it is being really mad when my little sister ‘helpfully’ coloured in my illustrations.
When do you like to write?
I write best first thing in the morning. I wrote Falling Asleep as part of NaNoWriMo, so I got up at 6 every morning for a month and wrote as much as I could. If I missed a morning, I’d stay back at work to do that day’s section.
What’s the most important thing the internet has taught you?
The most important thing the internet has taught me is whatever you are passionate about, there are people around the world who care about that too, and who want to support you. There’s so much negativity online, but there are also so many pockets of people creating beautiful things, and cheering on or helping people they’ve not met in real life.
My goal for the year is to submit a piece of writing to a competition or publication every month, so I need to start working on a plan for that. Last year, I did a writing challenge where I wrote a micro-story every day for a month, and I’d like to revisit those and see if there’s anything I can develop from that.
Meet Maree Spratt, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for One Thousand Marbles.Read More
Mirandi Riwoe, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for The Fish Girl.Read More
Luke Horton, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for The Peacock.Read More
Stephen Wright, shortlisted for Viva la Novella V for A Second Life.Read More
Brilliant new fiction from Sunil Badami's novel in progress.Read More