FICTION

Writing is an eternal struggle to find perfection—a challenge that we emerging writers both love and loathe. It was a never-ending cycle: countless drafts, tough-love workshopping, and endless editing hours as we grappled with characterisation, plot, and whether our story was relevant to the theme. Often we were left a broken mess; however, our desire to create diverse worlds and provide page-turning experiences for readers drives us to write. Issue #7 is the outcome of that.

‘Pockets’ seemed a daunting theme to tackle, but as we thought about it more we were presented with a rich array of opportunities to capitalise on our own ideas, the result being a vibrant and varied collection of short stories.

Intertwined with the lint, spare change, and loose stitching from our own pockets of thought, stories began to emerge. Our genres jump from science fiction, to drama, and to historical fiction. The stories range from the isolated prisoners in the jungles of Borneo, to the faraway planet of Drita, and to the inner lives of two young women; we also enter the mind of an opportunistic robber, a retired mailman, and a mute thief. All these stories come from that single theme, which is a testament to the creative ingenuity of our cohort.

Michelle Hamadache and Rebecca Giggs acted as our guides; they helped us sift through the muddle of our minds, mould our ideas, and challenge our creative abilities. Through their honesty, they showed us that sometimes to create a great story, you must be prepared to ‘kill your darlings’—and we are extremely grateful for that advice.

Friends, this is why we love to write: to come out of that struggle. Having an experience like this early on in our careers is what makes us better writers. We are all very proud of the works we have created.

Delve deep—you’ll be surprised by what you find!

Written by Nicholas Wasiliev, Mary Lou Raposa, and Shannah Connell


Rip the Stitches, Jacqueline Bunn


Stifle, Beatrice Ross


Lost, Ashna Mehta


Singledom, J. Juarez


Shrouds Without Pockets, Julian Knight


Song For A Dragon, Caldonia O'Leary


The Worst Kind of Pain, Ceyda Erem


Contrary Crescent, Sonia Fedyczkowski


Picking Pockets, Elise Fowler


Engines in Space, Peter Dickison


The Emperor's Path, Nicholas Wasiliev


D's Repairs, Brooklyn Andrews


Day Dreaming, Kendall King


Attached, Elín Kristjánsdóttir


Liminality, Amy Garpendal


The Ring's Travellers, Shannah Connell


Deda's Secret, Melinda Wardlaw


Where Light Doesn't Exist, Alex Chambers


Eye Opening, Crystal Gralton


Lost For Words, Michael Cook


Ring a Rosies, Lucy Ross


Dasvidaniya, Claudia Frazer


Bad Faith, Christopher Grady


Queues and Robbers, Jonathan Grew


Paris The Incorrigible, Elise Robertson


Surviving Loneliness, Timothy Hirons


We all fall down, Catrin Shaw


Phantom, Rabeah Zafrullah


Lansdowne, David Nolan


Pass Over, Alec Mallia


Dignity Estranged, Christopher Norris


Robota, Alice Maher


As We Go On, Mary Lou Raposa


The Valley, Anna Blackie


Soul 3396, Hannah Bell


Twenty Seconds, Charlotte Smith