I’ve just sampled the first issue of a new ejournal called Review of Australian Fiction, which will publish a short story by one established and one emerging author each issue (fortnightly). You can subscribe to all six issues in Volume One for $12.99, or buy them individually. There will be four volumes each year. Info can be found here.
Issue One features stories by Christos Tsiolkas and Kalinda Ashton. I preferred Ashton’s, the story of a self-aware teenager. It manages to be both gloomy and bright. She’s such a fantastic writer. Tsiolkas’ story is about a fight between a couple after a dinner party: lovers, grudges, history. It has a typical Christos opening: ‘Jesus F. Christ, I wanted to smack that bitch.’ Heh.
I think it’s a pretty great initiative. I’m not a big Booki.sh fan, generally, as I don’t have an iPad, but it’s fine for short stories as I can read them on my laptop or iPhone (I prefer epub files on an e-ink ereader for longer ebooks). But Booki.sh are heavily supporting Australian content, which is fab. Also, the authors receive royalties, just as they do when publishing a novel, so it’s great for them.
I was disappointed to notice three typos in the issue, though! I know it sounds pedantic, but the issue isn’t very long so that’s quite a few. I hope they bring on an extra proofreader next time. That’s fair to the authors and the reader.
Update: The editor emailed me to say they’ve made some corrections, so I’m sure all is now well.
The next issue will have stories by Georgia Blain and PM Newton. In case you’re wondering how they’re defining ‘established’ and ’emerging’, it’s whether the author has ‘published three books’ or ‘has published fewer than three books’. The established author chooses the emerging author they want to appear beside.
If you’re an established author and are interested in contributing, I’m sure manager Phil Crowley (manager at reviewofaustralianfiction dot com) and editor Matthew Lamb (editor at reviewofaustralianfiction dot com) would be happy to hear from you.