AlburyCity Short Story Award

Entrants in this year's competition explored the theme of refuge. Mark Smith will now select the winner and runners up from the shortlist of fifteen stories below. Congratulations to the writers who made the shortlist! Our judges enjoyed reading many wonderful entries.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 6 September. The winning stories will be available to read on this page soon after.


  • The Shelter by Leland Buckle
  • Amalfi Triptych by Ian Stewart
  • Xanax Country by Susan Bennett
  • The Paintbox by Dean Briggs
  • Desert Flowers #4 by Jasraj Puri
  • On the Edge by Janeen Samuel
  • Love's T(ri)(str)angle by Carmel Lillis
  • The Roadhouse by Nell Crawford
  • The Head of a Donkey by Colleen Russell
  • Thread by Dorothea Pfaff
  • Cave by Jason Hemens
  • One Time My Sister by Melanie Napthine
  • Apples by Elisabeth Yarbakhsh
  • Refuge: No Refuge by Elisabeth Yarbakhsh
  • Fairmont by Bethany Cody