Date: 1982-1998
Date: 1998-2000
Issue Details: First known date: 1982; Latest issue indexed: 2000 1982
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y Australian Short Stories no. 65 2000 Z920670 2000 periodical issue
y Australian Short Stories no. 64 1999 Z648606 1999 periodical issue
y Australian Short Stories no. 63 1999 Z648500 1999 periodical issue
y Australian Short Stories no. 62 1998 Z612322 1998 periodical issue
y Australian Short Stories no. 61 1998 Z637164 1998 periodical issue

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In 1982, dissatisfied with the rates of pay and the small audience offered by literary magazines, Bruce Pascoe attempted to find support for a new magazine that would feature short fiction. Unable to secure support, Pascoe used the money from his share of the sale of a house to finance a print run of 20,000 copies of Australian Short Stories for Christmas 1982. Launched by Bob Hawke, the first issue sold 12,000 copies, a significant amount for a literary magazine. From that time, Australian Short Stories sold, on average, 6,000 copies per issue. The magazine was described as presenting 'the best of the established Australian writers and illustrators together with the new literary and art talent in the country' (Editorial no. 1, 1982)

The first issue included contributions from Frank Hardy, Barry Dickins, Manning Clark and Morris Lurie. Contributors in the 1980s included Kylie Tennant, Michael Wilding, Helen Garner, Tim Winton, Alan Marshall, Marion Halligan, Beverley Farmer and Kate Jennings. Other contributors included Elizabeth Jolley, John Morrison, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Gillian Mears, Mudrooroo and Carmel Bird.

Pascoe aimed to make Australian Short Stories as accessible as possible by distributing the magazine widely. With the assistance of a distributor and Pascoe's perseverance in his own region, Australian Short Stories was a success in newsagencies. It was also sold in many bookstores.

With financial assistance from the Literature Board, Pascoe was able to maintain an important place for fiction writers to publish their work. But by 1998, he and his co-editor, Lyn Harwood, stepped back from the editorial responsibility of handling up to 150 manuscripts per week to concentrate on their own work. Howard Firkin took over as editor for the sixty-second issue in 1998, but only three more issues were produced. Australian Short Stories ceased production in 2000.

Notes

  • Other formats: Some issues also sound recordings.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1982

Works about this Work

Launch : Molly Guy's Story Collection Reading between the Lines (Ginninderra Press, 2009) Robyn Mathison , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , no. 41 2010; (p. 60-62)
Duo Bid Farewell to Story Magazine Robert Hefner , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 24 January 1999; (p. 18)
Short History of a Lit Mag with a Big Agenda Jane Sullivan , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 18 July 1999; (p. 17)
Farewell Australian Short Stories Bruce Pascoe , Lyn Harwood , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 62 1998; (p. 98)
End of Story Murray Waldren , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 May 1998; (p. 14)
Editorial Bruce Pascoe , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 50 1995; (p. 4-5)
Short Story of a Game Publisher Patricia Rolfe , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 October vol. 116 no. 5992 1995; (p. 96)
A Noble Venture Tells its Own Tale Liz Porter , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 2 July 1995; (p. 9)
Some Fine Examples that Celebrate the Short Story Wayne Crawford , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 18 September 1995; (p. 30)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Short Stories 1994 anthology short story criticism extract poetry ; Fabulous at Fifty : Fifty of the Best from Australian Short Stories 1995 anthology short story extract autobiography ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Winning Story a Bold Choice Kirsten Lawson , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 June 1995; (p. C13)

— Review of Redoubt no. 20 1995 periodical issue ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Shorts Judy Smallman , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 168 1995; (p. 63)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Interview with Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood, Editors of 'Australian Short Stories' : April 1994 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Ulitarra , no. 5 1994; (p. 111-120)
Untitled Con Castan , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , April vol. 13 no. 1 1994; (p. 57-58)

— Review of Fury Maurilia Meehan 1993 single work novel ; What I Have Written John Scott 1993 single work novel ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Variety to While Away the Winter Days Peg Job , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 June 1994; (p. 24)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Six Poets and Some Short Stories John Leonard , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , April vol. 12 no. 1 1993; (p. 66-67)

— Review of Absence : New and Selected Poems Antigone Kefala 1992 selected work poetry ; Boundary Conditions : The Poetry of Gwen Harwood Jennifer Strauss 1992 single work criticism ; The Edge of It Colleen Burke 1992 selected work poetry ; One Day She Catches Fire Kristin Henry 1992 selected work poetry ; The Apple and the Serpent Vera Newsom 1992 selected work poetry ; The Leaf, the Lion, the Lariat : Poems Stefanie Bennett 1992 selected work poetry ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Scrambled Lives Elizabeth van Acker , 1993-1992 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , January vol. 11 no. 4 1993; (p. 73-74)

— Review of Love Parts Julian Davies 1992 single work novel ; Lady, Baby, Gypsy, Queen Margaret Barbalet 1992 single work novel ; Who Do You Think You Are? : Second Generation Immigrant Women in Australia 1992 anthology short story prose poetry ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Editorial Bruce Pascoe , Lyn Harwood , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 40 1992; (p. 5-8)
After the publication of Ralph Morrison's story 'A Personal God' in Australian Short Stories, readers contacted the editors to point out that it was almost identical to the story 'Sredni Vashtar' published pre World-War I by British writer 'Saki' (H. H. Munro). The editorial discusses the issue and prints a letter from Ralph Morrison, together with the introductory paragraphs of each story.
Shaping it Short Sue Murray , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 140 1992; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories Barry Dickins 1992 selected work short story ; Brain Death Capital Molly Guy 1992 single work novel ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Short Stabs at the Heartless Society Peter Fuller , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 May 1992; (p. C10)

— Review of Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories Barry Dickins 1992 selected work short story ; Soho Square Four 1991 anthology short story poetry ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Stories Surreal, Skewed and Sad Bob Evans , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 July 1992; (p. 40)

— Review of Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories Barry Dickins 1992 selected work short story ; Brain Death Capital Molly Guy 1992 single work novel ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Untitled Gerard Lee , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , May vol. 2 no. 5 1987; (p. 14)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Shaping it Short Sue Murray , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 140 1992; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories Barry Dickins 1992 selected work short story ; Brain Death Capital Molly Guy 1992 single work novel ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Short Stabs at the Heartless Society Peter Fuller , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 May 1992; (p. C10)

— Review of Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories Barry Dickins 1992 selected work short story ; Soho Square Four 1991 anthology short story poetry ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Stories Surreal, Skewed and Sad Bob Evans , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 July 1992; (p. 40)

— Review of Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories Barry Dickins 1992 selected work short story ; Brain Death Capital Molly Guy 1992 single work novel ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Remarkable Tales of Eccentric Characters Giles Hugo , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 6 May 1989; (p. 3)

— Review of Billarooby Jim Anderson 1988 single work novel ; I Am a Boat Sally Morrison 1989 selected work short story ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Book Notes Simon Patton , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 110 1989; (p. 40)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Four Short Story Collections Entertain, Take Risks... Nancy Potter , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , Spring vol. 4 no. 1 1990; (p. 67)

— Review of The Living Hothouse Marion Halligan 1988 selected work short story ; Bleak Rooms Peter Goldsworthy 1988 selected work short story ; Expressway : Invitation Stories by Australian Writers from a Painting by Jeffrey Smart 1989 anthology short story ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Short Stories Show Quality Herb Hild , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 April 1990; (p. 16)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
An Easy Pick-Up, of Literary Bent, from the Park Dianne Johnson , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 December 1990; (p. 49)

— Review of Theatre Daze Colin Golvan 1990 single work novel ; Friday's Child Ian Kennedy Williams 1990 selected work short story ; The Factory Lyn Hughes 1990 single work novel ; Homing Chris McLeod 1990 selected work short story ; Oasis Leone Sperling 1990 selected work novella ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Cultural Maps John Knight , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , April vol. 11 no. 1 1992; (p. 69)

— Review of Folds in the Map Andrew Taylor 1991 selected work poetry ; Live Sentences Myron Lysenko Lauren Williams John Ashton Kerry Scuffins 1991 anthology poetry ; The Collingwood Song Kerry Scuffins 1991 selected work poetry ; Angst is the Colour John Ashton 1991 selected work poetry ; Driven to Talk to Strangers Lauren Williams 1991 selected work poetry ; Pets and Death and Indoor Plants Myron Lysenko 1991 selected work poetry ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Six Poets and Some Short Stories John Leonard , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , April vol. 12 no. 1 1993; (p. 66-67)

— Review of Absence : New and Selected Poems Antigone Kefala 1992 selected work poetry ; Boundary Conditions : The Poetry of Gwen Harwood Jennifer Strauss 1992 single work criticism ; The Edge of It Colleen Burke 1992 selected work poetry ; One Day She Catches Fire Kristin Henry 1992 selected work poetry ; The Apple and the Serpent Vera Newsom 1992 selected work poetry ; The Leaf, the Lion, the Lariat : Poems Stefanie Bennett 1992 selected work poetry ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Some Fine Examples that Celebrate the Short Story Wayne Crawford , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 18 September 1995; (p. 30)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Short Stories 1994 anthology short story criticism extract poetry ; Fabulous at Fifty : Fifty of the Best from Australian Short Stories 1995 anthology short story extract autobiography ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Compassion and Professionalism Helen Brown , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 August 1985; (p. B2)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
The Happiness is the Writing in Me Tony Glad , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , October vol. 10 no. 3 1991; (p. 60)

— Review of Rattling the Orthodoxies : A Life of Ada Cambridge Margaret Bradstock Louise Wakeling 1991 single work biography ; Reflections 1991 anthology short story poetry prose ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Winning Story a Bold Choice Kirsten Lawson , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 June 1995; (p. C13)

— Review of Redoubt no. 20 1995 periodical issue ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
The Latest in Paperbacks Graham Clark , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 August 1990; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Dipsomaniac Track to Tragedy Herb Hild , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 September 1990; (p. 25)

— Review of Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
No Reading Lessons Required John Leonard , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , July vol. 11 no. 2 1992; (p. 63-64)

— Review of The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry 1991 anthology poetry ; A Madder Dance Sarah Day 1991 selected work poetry ; On a Clear Day Joanne Burns 1992 selected work poetry short story ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Mixed Bag of Black Writing John Donnelly , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 March 1991; (p. B8)

— Review of Master of the Ghost Dreaming Mudrooroo 1991 single work novel ; Going Home : Stories Archie Weller 1986 selected work short story novella ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Change of Voice and of Place Cathy Peake , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 August 1992; (p. 42)

— Review of Passion Nick Earls 1992 selected work short story ; The House of Breathing Gail Jones 1992 selected work short story ; Jumping at the Moon Venero Armanno 1992 selected work short story ; Australian Short Stories 1982 periodical (65 issues)
Editorial Bruce Pascoe , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 50 1995; (p. 4-5)
Farewell Australian Short Stories Bruce Pascoe , Lyn Harwood , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 62 1998; (p. 98)
Launch : Molly Guy's Story Collection Reading between the Lines (Ginninderra Press, 2009) Robyn Mathison , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , no. 41 2010; (p. 60-62)
Inside Publishing : The Environments of the Publishing House Albert Moran , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : The Australian Journal of Media & Culture , vol. 4 no. 1 1990;
'A sketch of the book industry might situate publishing as an intermediate step in the chain that carries the book from author to reader. In fact, publishers are more dynamic figures in the whole process than such a view allows. Publishers and publishing houses are the most powerful group in the industry. Some publishing houses are geared to the mass market book while others focus on books with a more limited readership market. What the author-reader view ignores is the push-pull of competition and co-operation between publishers and its effect on the book industry.' (Author's abstract)
Duo Bid Farewell to Story Magazine Robert Hefner , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 24 January 1999; (p. 18)
Short Story of a Game Publisher Patricia Rolfe , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 October vol. 116 no. 5992 1995; (p. 96)
Literary Funding Thomas Shapcott , 1987 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Quadrant , July vol. 31 no. 7 1987; (p. 6)
A Magazine That's Long On Short Stories Deborah Stone , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 7-8 January 1989; (p. 7)
Interview : Bruce Pascoe Nolan Tyrrell (interviewer), Kevin Brophy (interviewer), 1988 single work interview
— Appears in: Going Down Swinging , no. 8 1988; (p. 90-99)
Foreword [21-22 July 1990] Elizabeth Swanson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 July 1990; (p. rev 6)
God Preserve the Little Ones A. P. Riemer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 April 1991; (p. 40)
Stumbling Upon the Muse in a Book Womb Bruce Pascoe , 1990 single work criticism autobiography
— Appears in: The Age , 8 September 1990; (p. 8)
Delivering the Goods : Short Stories Bloom Simon MacDonald , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 73 1985; (p. 33-34)
Short History of a Lit Mag with a Big Agenda Jane Sullivan , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 18 July 1999; (p. 17)
The Long Story of Pascoe Geoff Maslen , 1988 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 July, 1988; (p. 11)
A 'Review' for All Judah Waten , 1983 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 September 1983; (p. 15)
A Noble Venture Tells its Own Tale Liz Porter , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 2 July 1995; (p. 9)
End of Story Murray Waldren , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 May 1998; (p. 14)
Editorial Bruce Pascoe , Lyn Harwood , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 40 1992; (p. 5-8)
After the publication of Ralph Morrison's story 'A Personal God' in Australian Short Stories, readers contacted the editors to point out that it was almost identical to the story 'Sredni Vashtar' published pre World-War I by British writer 'Saki' (H. H. Munro). The editorial discusses the issue and prints a letter from Ralph Morrison, together with the introductory paragraphs of each story.
Interview with Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood, Editors of 'Australian Short Stories' : April 1994 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Ulitarra , no. 5 1994; (p. 111-120)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 0810-4468
Frequency:
Bi-monthly
Range:
1982-2000
Size:
20cm
Price:
$1.95 (1982); $2.95 (1983-84); $3.95 (1985-86); $4.95 (1987); $5.95 (1988-89); $7 (1990); $8 (1991-95); $9.95 (1996-99); $12.95 (2000)

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