My story 'Blue Willow' has been highly commended in the Stringy Bark Flash Fiction Award 2011 and published in the anthology, Between Heaven and Hell, which features 38 stories by the authors who placed in the competition.
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The Foot Snake StoryMy story, 'The Footsnake Story' has been highly commended in the Stringy Bark Short Story Award 2010 and published in the anthology, The Umbrella's Shade.
The Umbrella's Shade features 27 stories relating to Australia or Australian characters by the authors who placed in the competition.
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Not Dead Yet
Read my winning entry, 'Not Dead Yet' in the 2008 Boroondara Literary Awards in 'Award Winning Australian Writing 2009' along with the short stories and bush poetry of many other Australian authors.
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Hhhrr, hhhrr, hhhrr. Caralee puffed her breath on the mirror; watched the vapour form misty on the glass, and then fade slowly, delicately. I should have thrown that mirror away years ago, accepted that it would never give back what it had taken and been done with it.
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Danhooden was a bulb baby, which was an accurate description even though he was grown to adulthood, since standing on his tip-toes, he was no taller than Merryl Conch's big toe was high.
Laced with Black Thread:
It's not my fault I was born bad; I was on the losing end of a genetic lottery, my soul laced and tied with the black thread of ancestral misdeeds and malevolence.
Not yet released
Cry of the Plover:
"How could you let this happen?" Your father is yelling at me. I hold the 'phone away from my ear, he is even angrier than usual. I'm glad we left the police station before he got there. ...............I hold my hand in front of your mouth; linger there, waiting for the soft flutter of your fragile breath. I need reassurance, proof that you are still here.
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Len died on Thursday and I buried him on Tuesday. In the days between, I meant to cry but my tears, packed dense with sorrow were stuck in their ducts. My time was eaten along with my biscuits, by visitors and relatives who came to sip tea from my best china and tut tut their sorries in hushed voices.
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The Coal Miner's Candle
"You ran away! How old were you?"
"I was going on fourteen. I left a note on the kitchen table and took off in the middle of the night. I didn't have any money, didn't know what I was going to do, but along the road I ran into a bloke who said they were hiring for the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi...."
Not yet released
Second Prize Winner
November 7th 2014
'The Beginning and the End' a piece of flash fiction has won second prize in the short prose competition run by FAWNS (Fellowship of Australian Writers North Shore). Thanks to FAWNS and all the people who made the competition possible.
New Weekend Notes Travel Article
September 25th 2014
My second travel article, 'Mathoura Reed Beds Bird Hide' has been published on Weekend Notes. Thanks to Weekend Notes for the publication and thanks to Natasha for her helpful comments.
'Thirty Seven Cats' Shares First Prize
September 19th 2014
My First Travel Article Published
September 8th 2014
My first travel article, Orange World, has been published by Weekend Notes. I was chuffed when I read the acceptance email, so imagine my surprise on reading that I had been given an Editor's Choice Newbie Award.
CafeLit publishes 2nd 100 Worder
'Assassin's Lament' Published by CafeLit
'Issalinga's Song' Wins Honourable Mention
March 1st, 2013
Issalinga's Song, a short horror story, has won an honourable mention in the February 2013, Darker Times Fiction Short Story Competition. Darker Times Fiction runs monthly short story, flash fiction and poetry competitions.
'A Letter to Helena' Commended
December 4th 2012
'Maxie' Highly Commended and Published
November 11th 2012
My flash fiction story 'Maxie' has been highly commended in the Stringy Bark Short Stories Flash and Micro Fiction 2012 Awards and is published in the anthology 'Behind the Wattles'.
More Success on Espresso Stories
October 31st 2012
espresso stories is the brainchild of Chris Worth and RP Bird. It presents stories of 25 words or less, stories that can be read in the time it takes to slurp an espresso.
Shortlisted in #flf12
September 16th 2012
I was chuffed to be shortlisted in the Brighton Digital Festival Flash Lit Fiction #flf12 competition for a tweet with the theme of future facing.
Congratulations to winner Faye @MYNameIsFaye and to runner up Scribe @exmosis.
Get Teddy Included in AWAW 2012
August 27th 2012
I'm thrilled to have my short story, Get Teddy, which won first prize in the Eastwood/Hills FAW 2011 Lterary Awards, included in this year's Award Winning Australian Writing to be published by Melbourne Books.
Get Teddy is one of 52 pieces included in this year's edition.
Five Short Stories On Alfie Dog
August 15th 2012
Five of my stories are featured on and available for download from Alfie Dog for only GBP 39p or AUD 65c. Choose from humour, fantasy and feel good.
Alfie Dog Fiction is an exciting new publishing company offering stories in a variety of genres for e-readers and PC's.