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The Sleepers Almanac No. 7

by Edited by Zoe Dattner & Louise Swinn (out of print, e available only)

This year sees new stories from people the eds had previously not heard of, including the incredibly talented likes of Isabelle Li and Julie Koh. But there are names that might be familiar, too, to those who love short stories: Brad Bryant, Pierz Newton-John, or Sian Prior, perhaps better known for her journalism, but proving that she knows how to wrangle a story too.

What makes the Almanac different is its breadth. The Almanac, which focuses on new and emerging authors, is the result of a slush-pile read, where writers from all over the country have been encouraged to send in stories up to 10,000 words long.

“This bright new instalment” – Owen Richardson, The Age

“What is perhaps most noteworthy about The Sleepers Almanac No. 7 is the great balance Dattner and Swinn have brought to the collection as a whole. There’s a satisfying variety in the subject matter and tone of the stories, and there’s a nice variation in structure that keeps the reading experience here always fresh and never dull, and that makes for a very impressive anthology of writing.” – Canberra Times

“This year’s is another hefty contribution to the good health of short fiction in Australia, with the weight towards material by new and emerging authors.” – Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald

The Sleepers Almanac is available from all good bookstores, particularly your favourite local independent, or you can buy it here.

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