Winner(!): Peter Carey Short Story Award

ChequeI had an amazing day in Bacchus Marsh, where I was lucky enough to win the Peter Carey Short Story Award. Apart from the obvious shock and delight of winning, getting to drink a beer with the judge, Nic, and the award organizers, Wayne & Jem (excellent writers themselves), was a real pleasure. The Shire mayor even invited me to come to his place for a writer’s retreat!

My story, ‘Let’s Talk Trojan Bee’, will be published in the spring 2019 issue of Meanjin, alongside Paige Clark’s story, ‘Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’, which sounds amazing.

Big thank you again to the organizers and everyone else I met down in Moorabool Shire.

Writers: make sure you enter this comp next year!!

Longlisted: Peter Carey Short Story Award

Peter Carey

Pretty excited, no scrap that, bloody heaps excited to have a story long-listed for the Peter Carey Short Award. The story, “Let’s Talk Trojan Bees”, is a piece of speculative fiction in which climate changes leads to bee migration leads to right-wing conspiracy theories leads to chaos. It’ll be a part of my PhD creative artefact.

Winners/Runner-ups announced in early-June. Some prestigious writers elsewhere on the list, so chances are slim, but I just watched the Liverpool-Barcelona 2nd leg, so I ain’t giving up!

‘Why is Australian Satire So Rarely Risky?’

Charlie Pickering

In The Conversation, Robert Phiddian and I  are asking why so much Australian satire seems toothless these days, and what we can do about it. The idea for this article came out of a spontaneous conversation (Robert is my PhD supervisor), so it has found its perfect environment.

We are getting absolutely blasted in the comments section, so have a read and then tell us how stupid and left-wing cocooned we are!