Fiction Edition 2019

8 August 2019 #593

Cover Story: Fiction Edition 2019

Illustration by Michelle Pereira


Want to boldly dive off the high tower at your local pool, journey into deep outer space, unravel a neighbourhood mystery, and fall in love – all from the comfort of your couch? Well you can, with The Big Issue’s Fiction Edition! Now in its 15th year, this special edition remains Australia’s biggest-selling fiction magazine – and one of the most-anticipated magazines on The Big Issue calendar.

This bumper issue boasts 14 short stories and 16 extra pages thanks to the generous support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. It includes writing from some of Australia’s best authors, including Stella Prize winner Heather Rose, Miles Franklin shortlisted novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad, crime writer Mark Brandi, YA author Alison Evans and writer/poet Ellen van Neerven. Plus, we bring you tales from nine new talents whose stories were selected from more than 420 submissions – judged by Big Issue Books Editor Thuy On, author Nicola Redhouse and the entire editorial team.

All of the stories are brilliantly brought to life by Melbourne artist Michelle Pereira’s specially commissioned illustrations. So cancel your plans, you’ve got some reading to do!

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