Fiction Edition: An Announcement

31 July 2015 Katherine Smyrk

Fiction Edition: An Announcement


Announcing This Year’s Big Issue Fiction Edition Line Up

The Big Issue Fiction Edition is a highlight of the publishing year: last year's edition had a circulation of close to 30,000 nationally. This year, for our 11th edition, we will include an unprecedented number of stories: 14 pieces, including four commissioned writers and 10 chosen from close to 400 open submissions.

We can now officially announce that our commissioned authors are Graeme Simsion, author of the hugely successful The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect; UK author SJ Watson, whose bestselling book Before I Go to Sleep will take a silver screen turn later this year, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth; Maxine Beneba Clarke, whose critically acclaimed short story collection, Foreign Soil, collected a swag of awards including the 2013 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript; and Emily Bitto, whose debut novel The Strays earned her this year's Stella Award.

And now, the most exciting bit. We’d like to congratulate our 10 open submission authors, chosen from a strong field of contenders. You’ll be hearing much more about them and their stories in the coming weeks: Mark Smith, Lee Kofman, Jane Downing, Laura Elvery, Peggy Frew, Kate Elkington, Sean Fallon, Maree Kimberley, Melissa Beit and Jo Case.

The stories will be accompanied by specially commissioned photography from Christina Simons.

The Big Issue Fiction Edition will hit the streets on 14th August, 2015.

This special bumper edition is only possible thanks to funding from the Copyright Agency.