Fiction

Take Me Home

by Lyssa Stevens    The gun shots are relentless. Men cry in pain as blood oozes from their wounds, dripping down the walls of the...

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Anna By Lamplight

by Alison Knight   The streetlamp is a thing of beauty. Tall and slender, its neck bows over the footpath in an elegant curlicue....

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When the History of the Future Burned

by Amy Bertacco   A building is only a building until it means something to someone. I was nothing until the people of Alexandria,...

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Stray Dog

by Miles Boyle-Bryant   ‘A fucking woman? I ask for help, and they send a fucking woman?’ ‘Mr. Watkins, I promise you I-’ ‘I...

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Lost and Found

by Sam Johnston   My hands descend into the abyss of shredded bags and rotting food, digging around for the toy. I haven’t even...

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Course of Time

by Peter Loveday   In the afternoon we go down to the vegetable patch to dig up the cat we buried there. No matter how far down we...

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Homeland

by Joshua Kepreotis I knew we had docked in Melbourne because the people around me rushed to the windows of the ship to look at our new...

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Bush Fairies

by Michelle Freckleton Inspired by ‘The Babies in the Bush’ by Henry Lawson   ‘Please, Mumma, please. I’ll hold onto...

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Gumball

by Kristy Cornell For my Grandad, Geoff   ‘You know,’ Ernie said to no one in particular, ‘this war is a load of bollocks.’...

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In Ashes

by Sam Johnston The beat of the mallet echoed between the cracked lime trees. The sign still crooked, the edges chipped away, but the...

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Up Cannibal Mountain

by Reece Pye He keeps his eyes on it even though he is driving, that smooth grey crest protruding from the earth like an ancient monolith....

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Isolation

by Patrick Petraitis Stopping for a moment, Samuel lay his trunk down on the only flat piece of earth he could find and sat upon it. He...

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Lady Alexandra

by Carly Waller Cecelia Green sat before the crackling fire, alone in the library and reading her favourite novel. There was a ball that...

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Nowhere to Go

by Lyssa Stevens Sienna woke to loud bangs and sirens blaring. Confused, she sat up and peeked outside the window. The town was ablaze,...

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Empty Beds

By Janeen O’Connell Mary Allan Monegeetta (Victoria) 9 April 1873 – Good Friday I know he isn’t there, but I reach across to...

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This Devil Ship

by Alison Knight What is a man? A collection of atoms contained within a skin, framed by bone, tethered with sinew. What is a god? Yuri...

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Marina and The SS Oronsay

by Bella Bevan It was supposed to be an easy walk to the docks from Tilbury station, but after five minutes of lugging her trunk, Marina...

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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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