THE SLEEPERS ALMANAC
Sleepers Publishing are up to number nine in their annual Almanac series and I
am pleased to say that I have had work published in two of their volumes.
Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do with short memoir-style pieces, and
the Sleepers Almanac has been a good home.
I am particularly chuffed with the release of Almanac No 9, not only because of
the quality of the writing it contains and its diversity – the freedom to
tackle any subject is one of the joys of submitting to this anthology – but
because the Australian Book Review has found kind things to say about my
One of the most affecting of the collection is also one of the shortest.
The Almanac accepts submissions of up to 10,000 words, and some long stories
here outstay their welcome. Carol Lefevre’s ‘Last Light’ is one of those
bitter-sweet short story reading experiences that make you wish it were longer.
In many of the more engaging contributions, fiction and memoir merge, none more
beautifully than this highly compressed meditation on childhood and memory.
The Almanac is available now in bookshops, or to order from
If you love reading, I urge you to support Australian short fiction and pick up
a copy. At $24.99 it’s a bargain!
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