The 2019 Boroondara Literary Awards are open for entries and we can't wait to read your stories.
There is a whole world of brilliant short stories waiting to be discovered on the library shelves so our staff have found some of the best Australian stories to awaken your imagination!
Enjoy the work of some of Australia's most acclaimed authors such as Helen Garner, Tony Birch, Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas and Eliot Perlman or the outstanding writing from Meanjin: fine fiction 1980 to now.
Read stories of Melbourne with Melbourne subjective, peek into retrosuburbia with Rumpus room and other stories from the suburbs by comedian Tim Ross or enjoy Under stones from another favourite comedian, Bob Franklin.
Next time you are in the library, ask us to show you where to find the best short stories across our collections.
Australian short story booklist
- Choose somebody else: a collection of short stories by Yvonne Fein
- Collected short fiction by Gerald Murnane
- Cracking the spine: ten short Australian stories and how they were written eds. Julie Chevalier and Bronwyn Mehan
- A few days in the country: and other stories by Elizabeth Harrower
- Henry Lawson treasury by Henry Lawson
- Meanjin: fine fiction 1980 to now ed. by Jonathan Green
- Melbourne subjective: an anthology of contemporary Melbourne writing ed. by Patricia Poppenbeek
- Merciless gods by Christos Tsiolkas
- Only the animals* by Ceridwen Dovey
- Readings and writings: forty years in books eds. Jason Cotter and Michael Williams
- Rumpus room and other stories from the suburbs by Tim Ross
- Shadowboxing by Tony Birch
- Stories: the collected short fiction by Helen Garner
- The fireflies of autumn: and other tales of San Ginese by Moreno Giovannoni
- The high places* by Fiona McFarlane
- The puzzleheaded girl by Christina Stead
- The reasons I won't be coming by Elliot Perlman
- The secret lives of men* by Georgia Blain
- The storyteller: selected stories by Serge Liberman
- The turning* by Tim Winton
- Under stones by Bob Franklin
Reserve a book on our list
To reserve a book, click the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation.
Titles with an asterisk (*) are also available for free from our eBook collection.
More recommended reading
To view booklists on a variety of subjects, visit Booklists from our librarians.