ASSF CircledThe Australian Short Story Festival is an annual festival celebrating short stories in written as well as spoken form. It is an event with short stories at its core. The festival is a non-profit organisation set up to bring writers, oral storytellers, and audiences together on an annual basis.

In 2018 the Festival will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from 19th to 21st of October. The Festival program has been formulated with the input of the Festival Organising Committee made up of Caroline Wood (Director, Centre for Stories and Margaret River Press),  Susan Midalia (writer and editor), Julia Prendergast (writer, Swinburne University), Sarah McNeill (actor, journalist), Belinda Hermawan (writer, marketing), Andrew Lynch (Director, The Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions), Josephine Clarke (writer, Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group) and Amy Hilhorst (poet and PhD candidate UWA).

As the first national event to focus exclusively on the short story form, this festival offers a unique contribution to the nation’s literary culture, as well as a timely response to the current resurgence of this aesthetically exacting narrative form. It will bring together short story writers, storytellers, publishers, and editors of literary magazines, as well as readers, and will connect audiences with both Australian and international short story writers. The Festival is committed to a culturally-inclusive program ensuring speakers and audiences come from culturally diverse backgrounds.