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15 April 2019


Volume 7, Issue 1

We are very pleased to announce that new issue of Meniscus is now live, with contributions from authors from around the world, and from both regular contributors and voices that are new to us. The Cultural Fund 'Best Prose' prize has been shared between Chris Muscardin's short story ‘The Dream Dispels on Waking’, and Jenna Heller's flash fiction ‘Haere rā’; and 'Best Poem' is awarded to Kathryn Hummel’s ‘Gentillesse’.

As advised in late 2018 (see below), for the first time the editors nominated a number of the poems, short fictions and flash fictions to two highly prestigious venues: the Best Small Fictions, and Pushcart Prize. We are thrilled to announce that Heather McQuillan's 'A post-traumatic god' was selected for the Best Small Fictions 2019. After issue 2 this year, we will again selected individual works from 2019 for nomination to these prizes, so we encourage you to send us your best work for possible consideration by the judges of these two agencies. 

Thanks to all contributors, both those selected and those whose works we were not able to publish on this occasion; thanks to guest editor Sandra Arnold, whose keen eye and deep knowledge of flash fiction so richly supports Meniscus; and thanks to the Copyright Agency Ltd's Cultural Fund for their generous financial contribution. 

We invite you to follow Meniscus on Facebook: @meniscusAU; and check our Submittable page <> for dates of submission to the next issue, and other publication options.  

Nominations 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’.