Date: 1998-2000
Date: 1982-1998
Issue Details: First known date: 1982... 1982 Australian Short Stories
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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)
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)
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)

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)

Has serialised

The Great Australian Novel, Murray Gray , 1984 single work novel satire
"Australia as we all knew and know it, warts and all, ...race riots, the Melbourne Cup, the Stawell Gift, World War I and II, Vietnam, the depression, Aboriginal land rights, feminism, homosexuality, real love, the Solo man, the Harbour Bridge, Flinders Ranges, Barrier Reef, Bob Hawke, Bjelke-Petersen, the Labor split, infidelity and indoor plants." (Jacket blurb)
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