Issalinga's Song

Read my story 'Issalinga's Song' in Darker Times Anthology Volume 3, an anthology of prize winning short stories from the Darker Times Short Story competition.

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 Get Teddy

Read my story 'Get Teddy' in Award Winning Australian Writing 2012, an anthology of Australilan prize winning short stories.

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Read my story 'Maxie' in Behind the Wattles, an anthology of the best of the flash and micro fiction from the Stringy Bark Short Stories 2012 Flash and Micro Fiction competition.

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Vegemite Whiskers

 Bloody Mongrel

Read my story 'Bloody Mongrel' in Vegemite Whiskers, an e-book anthology of the best of the short stories from the Australian entries in the Global Short Stories Competition.

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Read my story 'Espresso' along with 24 other short tales from international authors in Mosaic, published now by Bridge House.

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Between Heaven and Hell

'Blue Willow

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 Umbrella's Shade

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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 Cry of the Plover

Read my story 'Cry of the Plover' in Winning Tales, an anthology of prize winning stories from the Writers' Village Short Fiction Award 2009

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Award Winning Australian Writing 2009

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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The Garramoda:

     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.

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Laced with Black Thread

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. 

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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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 After The Wake

 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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Tje Coal Miner's Candle

 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...." 

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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.

Mathoura Reed Beds Bird Hide

'Thirty Seven Cats' Shares First Prize

September 19th 2014

'Thirty Seven Cats' a short story, has shared first prize in the Global Short Stories July 2014 Competition. Judge, Fiona stated, "The imagery is lucid and of a quality that demands to be re-read and savoured." 

Thirty Seven Cats

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.

'Whispers in her Ear' Wins First Prize

January 17th 2014

Whispers in her Ear, one of my favourites, has been awarded first prize in the Writers' Village International Short Story Prize 2013. Thanks to competition organiser and judge, John Yeoman and congratulations to the other prize winners.

CafeLit publishes 2nd 100 Worder 

November 6th,2013

Three Pence Each has been published by CafeLit in their 100 Worder category. CafeLit, which is part of the Creative Cafe Project run in conjunction with Salford University publishes an annual anthology with the best of the CafeLit contributions.

'Assassin's Lament' Published by CafeLit

August 23rd,2013

Assassin's Lament has been publised by CafeLit in their 100 Worder category. CafeLit is part of the Creative Cafe Project run in conjuction with Salford University.

'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

My twitter fiction debuted of Espresso Stories on August 29th with Blatantly Confidential, Changing Times and Toxic Release. Another ten stories have now been published by Espresso.

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.