Fiction

The House of Death

By Mori Shige. Translated by Marissa Skeels.   Mori Shige (1880-1938) was a university-educated, headstrong feminist writer from...

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The Ink Stain

by Christina King. Winner of the HNSA 2019 Short Story Contest Just fuzz. Like the fur of a sewer rat. She ran her hand over her head...

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Dirty Laundry

by Julie Parry   The kitchen door was slightly ajar. I bobbed gingerly from side to side, squinting into the sliver of light. I was no...

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Fare thee well.

by Lou Greene. Commended story in the 2019 HNSA short story contest. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, my mother used to say. I...

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Middle C

By Lauren O’Connell   ’By god! It’s bees!’ The spyglass slipped from my fingers and rolled along the deck, its rumble in...

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The Wave That Never Came

by Amanda Pearson   We were told the world was ending. My parents, in their naivety, decided a picnic was the only way to celebrate...

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The Driver

by Dell Brand. Commended story in the 2019 HNSA short story contest. Boney sat hunched over the wheel, clunking along slowly over the...

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Floundering Falling Flying

by Eden van Leeuwen   Jumping up and down on the roof the metal banging in my ears the anthem to my tale. Sweat is blooming on my...

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THE GREEN FIELD

by Sue Robertson We were in our front field, shepherding our little flock of sheep.  A motley crew made up of children, old people, and...

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Return to Sender

by Samuel Williams.   The radiating aroma of aging books and mahogany grazed my nostrils as I brushed past mountains of pre-loved...

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Marnie Reid reflects about our fiction in issue six.  

Good historical fiction draws the reader into a world from the past, bringing to life events, characters and lessons that often ring true...

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A Novel Excerpt from Pelagia’s Healing Therapies

by Carol Major. Dian Wellfare is the founder of Origins, an organisation lobbying on behalf of birth mothers who relinquished babies for...

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Born to the Wrong City.

by Samantha Pena Roshier ‘That’s the thing, Mary. They’ll tell you love is the most beautiful thing on earth and then they’ll...

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NEON LURE

By Reece Pye The next thing he remembers, after the bitch spat in his eye, is face planting on the footpath. There is a dull ringing in...

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I’m Hiding.

by Savannah White. ‘Hush now, Lucas.’ A flash of light shone through the cracks of timber; Mama smiles at me before the light...

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The Woes of Witchcraft

By Larissa Dubrowsky-Ryan Ukraine 1880 When Agraphena arrived, Nina was lying on the rough hay bed, her face pale. Sweat pooled the sheet...

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The Dead Have No Voice

By Reece Pye  Ever since the passing of his dearly beloved Edina, the only woman his now crippled heart had ever cared for, the days...

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Indian Fever

By Marley Stuart    If you asked Karo, he would tell you that he loved his younger sister right from the beginning. He was terrible...

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NINETY SECONDS!

By Goldie Alexander.   Brett is setting himself up in the middle of Station Street where anyone driving past will see him. He’s brought...

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Mr Brown Goes Out

by Vashti Farrer     It was a fella at work gave Joe the name and an address in Kings Cross. ‘Ask for Mick.’ Joe planned on...

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On Consummation

By Elisabeth Hanscombe   The Citizen’s Welfare Service was nestled among a row of terraces on Drummond Street in Carlton. My fourth year...

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Bridge Shadows

By Denise Ogilvie   Every time the train pulls away from Spotswood station, passing graffiti covered walls, gentrified houses and...

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Estranged

by Nik Shone   I should have brought a coat. The moment I leave the house my umbrella flies away. Reminds me of Mary Poppins just...

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Avenge the Nurses

By Samuel Bernard Williams © 2017   1700 hours – Eleventh of May, Nineteen hundred and forty three ‘Passes chaps,’ the corporal...

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Searching For Mentaloon

By Carol Major   I am here in Malaysia with Hugh. I know we will fight. This is because he is the son of the last British Advisor in...

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Mrs Linden’s Puppy

By Carol Major In Sydney’s inner west, nine-year old Crisanto is following Mrs Linden and Earl. He has been watching them for the last...

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Novel excerpt: The Embroiderer

The Embroiderer can be bought at all good bookshops and online at amazon and book depository. During the early hours of Wednesday,...

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ON THE RUN

by DANYELLE GUYATT A stage play based on the fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel (1812) by the Brothers Grimm EXT. ALEPPO. DAY Two siblings,...

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A Chinese Bowl and a Summer Dress

By Anita Patel   Ah Mui feeds me my breakfast egg—savoury brown laced with “kecap”. She mixes it in a glazed bowl patterned with...

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An Unspoken Apology

BY SENAJ ALIJEVSKI   After countless times of sending my resume to places that were hiring, I finally found one that suited my...

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