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Wake – Jessica Yu

Wake by Jessica Yu (17) And so you crept inside my house one day and said that you would stay. I said okay and lay down to sleep upon the floor. My bones sank but a heap of coat hangers and skin that followed close. I closed my eyes and did not wake till morning. […]

Laika – Mitch Cunningham

Laika by Mitch Cunningham (22) So Julie went to see him for the first time in a year. The next town over, an hour or so on the new highway. Early evening sun caught in her eyes, the dust on her jacket shoulder. Stuffed beige files, stacked a foot high on her passenger seat – […]

Cumulus – Olga Joanna Kotnowska

Cumulus by Olga Joanna Kotnowska (24) Behind the fence that runs along the track, tussocks of sugarcane rise; from a mess of dry leaves, bright green blades push up and with sharp tips point, reach higher than the top wire that stretches between the rotting trunks that hold the fence together. Along this way it […]

This is who I am – Keirnan McGrory-Perich

This is who I am Things hadn’t always been this way. There had been a time when Jamie lived an ordinary life. School, annoying siblings, unremarkable pets, all that sort of thing. Just your everyday life in mainstream suburbia. Sometimes, on days like today, that old life seemed almost attractive. Hell, it always seemed to […]

Forget – Briana Davis

Forget Things hadn’t always been this way. There had been a time when Jamie lived an ordinary life. School, annoying siblings, unremarkable pets, all that sort of thing. Just your everyday life in mainstream suburbia. Sometimes, on days like today, that old life almost seemed attractive. Yeah, compared to the way things were now, it […]

Pipeline Nostaglia – Harrison Shanley

Pipeline Nostaglia Things hadn’t always been this way. There had been a time when Jamie lived an ordinary life. School, annoying siblings, unremarkable pets, all that sort of thing. Just your everyday life in mainstream suburbia. Sometimes, on days like today, that old life almost seemed attractive. Jamie sighed as he remembered the fun he […]

Decay – Raffiela Garcia

Decay Things hadn’t always been this way. There had been a time when Jamie lived an ordinary life. School, annoying siblings, unremarkable pets, all that sort of thing. Just your everyday life in mainstream suburbia. Sometimes, on days like today, that old life seemed almost attractive. “It’s not good to dwell in the past,” said […]

Malicious Intentions – Git Garm (Jimmy) Choy

Malicious Intentions Things hadn’t always been this way. There had been a time when Jamie lived an ordinary life. School, annoying siblings, unremarkable pets, all that sort of thing. Just your everyday life in mainstream suburbia. Sometimes, on days like today, that old life almost seemed attractive. Jamie lifted his hoodie and watched as strands […]

The Secret Recipe – Ella Cahill

The Secret Recipe I never thought the family would come back, not after what they did. But then I saw them driving up the street. And what was worse, they were pulling up in front of the rental house next door! I remember when ma Bessie-Jo, ma beloved Shetland pony went missing. She was a […]

The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers 2011

2011 Winners Announced! After almost 450 entries from around Australia with an extremely high standard of writing, Express Media would like to congratulate the finalists and winners of the 2011 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers. The 2011 finalists are listed below. Click on the story name to read the finalists’ stories online, or check out Voiceworks #87 […]