Australian Book Review August Fiction issue

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The highlights of the August Fiction issue are the three stories shortlisted in the prestigious $12,500 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – ‘Ash’ by Anthony Lawrence, ‘Glisk’ by Josephine Rowe and ‘The Water Calligrapher’s Women’ by Jonathan Tel. Other highlights include an extract from poet Michael Aiken’s ABR Laureate’s Fellowship project: Satan Repentant. Also in the issue, we have Peter Mares on Manus and Nauru, Ilana Snyder on American Jewish divisions about Israel, Neal Blewett on The Killing Season Uncut, and Simon Tormey on Thomas Piketty’s new work. Novelists reviewed in this issue include Annie Proulx, Louise Erdrich, Katherine Brabon, Mark O’Flynn, Zoë Morrison, and Liam Pieper. Historian Tom Griffiths is our Open Page guest.

The three stories shortlisted in the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize are (in alphabetical order):

  • ‘Ash’ by Anthony Lawrence (NSW)
  • ‘Glisk’ by Josephine Rowe (Vic)
  • ‘The Water Calligrapher’s Women’ by Jonathan Tel (UK)

The stories were shortlisted from nearly 1,400 entries submitted by writers from thirty-eight countries. All three shortlisted stories are published in the August Fiction issue. The winner (who receives $7,000) will be announced at an event at the Melbourne Writers Festival on 27 August 2016.

Michael Aiken’s ABR Laureate’s Fellowship project, Satan Repentant, is a violent epic leaping from the cosmological to the infinitesimal, and a story of contrition. We publish an extract of this verse novel in the issue. Aiken was chosen as the Laureate’s Fellow by ABR’s inaugural Laureate David Malouf and the two will appear in conversation at an event in Sydney on August 3 (presented in association with Sydney Ideas).

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