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23 November 2018



For the first time, Meniscus is nominating works to external prizes: to the Best Small Fictions 2019, and the Pushcart Prize 2019. The editors and guest editors involved combed through the 2018 issues, and have nominated the following:

Best Small Fictions: 

    A post-traumatic god - Heather McQuillan

    Lost and found - Erica Plouffe Lazure

    The taste of snow - Paul Beckman

    And then the stars too did sing - Gayelene Carbis

    Old woman and fox - Frances Gapper

Pushcart Prize:

    Radon: Results of Adolescent Over-Exposure to Decay - Rebecca Barnstein

    White Rabbit Obscura - Chantelle Bayes 

    Evridiki - Dominique Hecq

    This Old Thing - Jo Morrison

    The Story as We Know It - Chris Muscardin

    One Sip, Then - Marco Yan

We aim to select works for these and other prizes in the coming years, so please keep your submissions rolling in.

Volume 6, Issue 2

The editors are very pleased to announced that this volume of Meniscus is now live. Our thanks to guest editor Sandra Arnold, who took carriage of the flash fiction submissions. 

For this issue's Best Prose piece, the prize was shared by Heather McQuillan for ‘A post-traumatic god’, and Erica Plouffe Lazure for ‘Lost and Found’.  Elanna Herbert’s ‘Aubie: Kokoda: 1988’ was selected as the best poem in this issue. 

We were overwhelmed by both the number and the quality of submissions to this issue, and look forward to seeing what comes in for Volume 7, Issue 1. Next year, 2019, is the final year of the funding, generously provided by the Copyright Agency Ltd's Cultural Fund, which pays the winning authors; and we are assiduously seeking funding to pay authors in 2020 and beyond. 

Volume 6, Issue 1

This issue of Meniscus, guest edited by Sandra Arnold and Deb Wain, is now live. The winners of this issue's Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund are Victor Billot, 'Location, location' (for poetry) and Jo Morrison, 'This old thing' (for prose). The issue begins with these two works, and ends with Ruth Armstrong's prizewinning story, 'Paper cranes' (winner of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs / Australian Short Story Festival award. In between is a fine collection of poems and stories. Thanks to the guest editors, contributors, and readers for their constant support of this literary journal.

Volume 5, Issue 2

This volume went live in November, and contains some remarkable and exciting work.  

The 'winners' of the second Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund awards for 2017 are Ella Jeffery for her poem 'Varnish'; and the judges couldn't decide between Ira McGuire's 'Life in Fragments' and Deb Wain's 'A Platter of Antipasti', so they shared the prose award.

Volume 5, Issue 1

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has generously provided three years of funding for Meniscus, on the condition that for each issue, the editors select what they consider to be the best prose piece, and the best poem, each of which is given a fee / prize of $1,000. We are very grateful for this support; but we do regret that at present we have not been able to secure funding to pay the other contributors. Keep an eye on this page, and if we're able to find a sponsor or patron, we will swiftly make that known. 

The 'winners' of the first Copyright Agency awards for 2017 are Eugen Bacon, for her story 'Honey Gone Sour', and Helen Moore for her poem ‘A Legacy, Mother’s Day’. 

Volume 4, Issue 2

Submissions to the next issue of Meniscus are now invited. Creative writing of any genre—poetry, micro fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays—is welcome. Submissions should be up to 3000 words for prose, or 50 lines for poetry. The works should engage with or reflect the notion of the divide or barrier, or be set in rural or regional areas, and should be by writers who live, work or study in these regions. Please click here for information about making a submission.

Peruse any of Meniscus journal’s previous issues to familiarize yourself with the kind of work the journal publishes.

Meniscus is supported by funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund

Volume 4, Issue 1

The latest issue of Meniscus, now published, is a two-part issue, beginning with the Special Issue, “Beyond the Divide”, as conceived and edited by Dallas John Baker. It seems appropriate that this first special issue should relate so intriguingly to the James Turrell installation, “Within Without”, which inspired the title of this journal and continues to feature in a new photograph for the cover image of each issue.

Dallas John Baker highlights a particular East Coast divide in Australia, but we are pleased that the call for contributions resulted – as in past issues – with a considerable quantity of material from other parts of the world. At the same time, we also received an ongoing stream of general submissions, and this issue has accommodated a selection of those within its second part—a sort of “beyond the beyond”. Chris Kerr, a newcomer to Australia from the UK, has acted as guest editor on that section, further developing the British/Australasian editorial axis of the journal.

We are grateful to both guest editors for their work in compiling this issue.