About the festival

The Australian Short Story Festival is an annual celebration of short form storytelling. The Festival brings together local, national and international short story authors and oral storytellers in a culturally diverse and vibrant celebration of storytelling in the shorter form.

The 2022 program has been released!

The program for the 2022 Festival, to be held at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 28th-30th October, features some of the best short storytellers from Australia and around the world, including John Kinsella, Sheila Armstrong, Fiona Robertson, Rashida Murphy and Sean O’Beirne.

In thirty sessions across one beautiful weekend, writers will discuss topics like the family, the land, and the future, interrogate the many sides of truth and the boundaries of humour, and consider the dilemmas of how to capture the perfect opening line and what to do when your editor wants to bin your favourite story.

Accompanying the panel sessions are live music, workshops, children’s storytelling, live readings, publishing advice, book launches, author signings and more.

Tickets are available through Trybooking.

For information about our Covid protocols for 2022, please go here.

Submissions are invited for the 2023 ASSF anthology! Submit here.