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Program Launch!

The program for the second annual Australian Short Story Festival has been launched and it’s full of exciting and enriching sessions where writers talk about the wonderful short story craft, inspiration for their stories, use of humour and death. Check it out here. Come along to Adelaide in November and be part of the excitement.

2017 Australian Short Story Festival Media Release

good things come in short packages

On November 3-5 at the University of South Australia’s City West Campus, writers, storytellers and audiences will congregate to celebrate the short story. The Australian Short Story Festival is one of very few dedicated short story festivals in the world, and after a successful inaugural event in Perth in 2016, the organising committee is delighted to bring this unique and timely celebration to Adelaide, adding even more variety to the state’s annual suite of festivals.

One of the very few dedicated short story festivals in the world, the event will bring a wide range of diverse voices and stories to Adelaide, including award-winning UK writer Lucy Durneen and Tony Birch, who will deliver the festival’s opening address. Other featured writers include Chinese-Australian Melanie Cheng, Indian-Australian Roanna Gonsalves, Vietnamese-Australian writer Stephen Pham, and writer, comedian and creative director of the Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival Justine Sless.

Interwoven with these voices are some of the best established short story names such as 2016 Patrick White Literary Award winner Carmel Bird, New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams, Aurealis Award winner Lisa L. Hannett, alongside debut authors Lynette Washington and Rebekah Clarkson, who will deliver the festival’s closing address on the pleasures of the short story.

The 2017 Australian Short Story Conference is supported by Adelaide City Council, the University of South Australia, MidnightSun Publishing, Margaret River Press, and the SA Writers Centre.

Like a great short story, the 2017 Australian Short Story Festival will be bursting with life, passion and ideas. As for the question of what can come in short packages, ‘good things’ may just be an understatement.


Meet the team: Lynette Washington

Lynette Washington
Lynette Washington
Lynette Washington is a short story writer, editor and teacher of creative and professional writing. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and her stories have been published widely. In 2014 she edited the short story collection, Breaking Beauty and in 2017 she was a co-editor for an anthology of love stories called Crush. Her debut collection, Plane Tree Drive, will be published in 2017.

Facebook: Lynette Washington – Author.

Twitter: @LynneTashi

Thank You!


The Australian Short Story Festival secured its place as a significant event in the Australian literary calendar following the outstanding success of our inaugural festival held in Perth last weekend, October 21-23.

More than 1100 of you attended the three-day festival, showcasing some of Australia’s most celebrated writers and a unique line-up of storytellers in the oral and recorded traditions.

Highlights included sessions featuring Parashar Kulkarni, winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize, accomplished Australian writers Ryan O’Neill, Ellen van Neerven, Julie Koh, Susan Midalia and David Whish-Wilson.  Emerging Voices, Voices from the West and Gendering Stories all proved to be highly popular.  Small groups of passers-by gathered to hear the streetside readings and joined in the walk to various locations, and dual Miles Franklin winner, Kim Scott captivated the audience as he read in language and explained the process involved in the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project.

Thanks to each and every one of you for making the festival so intimate, enlightening, and unforgettable. The next Australian Short Story Festival takes place in Adelaide, in October, 2017. Watch this space for more info, confirmed authors, and community collaborations as they come to hand.

Thank you, always.

Best wishes,

Festival Program Manager Jason Cleary and the board of management of the inaugural Australian Short Story Festival


Cate Kennedy to deliver Opening Address the Festival

Cate KennedyWe are delighted and honoured that Cate Kennedy has accepted our invitation to give the Opening Address at the inaugural Australian Short Story Festival in October.

Cate is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.

Her latest book, The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems by Cate Kennedy, was published in May 2011 and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry.


State Library of Western Australia Sponsors Australian Short Story Festival

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Meet Our Sponsors: State Library of Western Australia

State Library of Western Australia is housed in the Alexander Library Building. The State Library will be supporting the Festival by providing us with a venue space free of charge for the Festival Opening and by disseminating information to the network of the library, community organisations, and members.