David Vernon

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I am a freelance writer and editor. I am father of two boys. For the last few years I have focussed my writing interest on chronicling women and men’s experience of childbirth and promoting better support for pregnant women and their partners. Recently, for a change of pace, I am writing two Australian history books. In 2014 I was elected Chair of the ACT Writers Centre.

In 2010 I established the Stringybark Short Story Awards to promote the short story as a literary form.

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Into the Darkness
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,390. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012 by David Vernon. Category: Nonfiction » History » Military
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"Into the Darkness" is the true story of a young Australian thown into the crucible of the air war over Europe. Navigator, Arthur Hoyle, discovers the excitement, the comraderie and the fear of being part of Bomber Command. This book dramatically recreates the the trials of air crews over the dark skies of Europe — where the chance of surviving the full ‘tour’ was very low.
Reflections in a Hubcap
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,130. Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2014 by David Vernon. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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Master story-teller, Steve Atkinson, showcases twenty-three of his best short stories in this clever anthology. Some of these tales are whimsically autobiographical while others visit the dark and murky places of the human mind. All are beautifully crafted and leave the reader with a thirst for more.

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Role of a Lifetime
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,860. Language: Australian English. Published: September 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Twenty-five award-winning short stories from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Awards will intrigue and delight you in this anthology of twisted tales from Australian and international short story writers.
A Tick Tock Heart
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,810. Language: Australian English. Published: June 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Twenty-two award-winning short stories from the 'Stringybark Future Times Award' will propel you into a world beyond 2020. These stories will delight and intrigue you in this anthology of clever tales from Australian and international authors.
Side by Side
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,240. Language: Australian English. Published: March 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Twenty-three award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards will delight and intrigue you in this anthology of clever tales from Australian and international short story writers.
Malicious Mysteries
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,130. Language: Australian English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Murder most foul. Ghostly images. A stumped detective. Lost treasure. An icy poltergeist. A lost boy. A skilled taxidermist. They are all here in this malicious collection of mysterious short stories from the Stringybark Malicious Mystery Short Story Award. Twenty-two award-winning tales that will chill your bones and delight your senses are showcased here for your shivery delight.
Stew and Sinkers
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,490. Language: Australian English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Thirty award-winning short stories from the Stringybark 'Times Past' Short Fiction Awards entertainingly bring Australian history to life. From the first Australian hanging to twenty-first century medical care, these true stories will delight, challenge and intrigue the most demanding reader.
Valentine's Day
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies
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Twenty-three award-winning erotic short stories illustrate the creativity and sensuality of contemporary erotic writing in this delightful anthology. Chosen from over 160 entries in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards these sexy tales will charm, arouse and provide warmth on the coldest evening. From the discreet to the explicit there is something for every reader.
The Very End of the Affair
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,310. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Twenty-seven award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Humorous Short Fiction Awards will make you smile, snigger and guffaw. Navigate your way through a collection of clever and witty tales, via celebrity chefs, carpet snakes, iGods and other bizarre and not so bizarre plots to the very end of the affair.
Fight or Flight
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,810. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Twenty award-winning short stories from the Stringybark Young Adult Short Fiction Award showcase some of the best contemporary YA authors writing today. From sharks and skateboards to religion and romance, these stories illustrate the breadth and depth of what interests today's teenagers.
Hitler Did It
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,280. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.83)
Here are twenty-one unique, contemporary and entertaining short stories, chosen from some of the best entries in the 'Stringybark Short Story Awards' and other clever tales that sail across the desk at 'Stringybark Stories'. Selected by David Vernon this anthology is the fourth book in the 'Stringybark Editor's Choice' series.
Behind the Wattles
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,420. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
(4.67)
Fifty-six flash fiction and twenty-one microfiction stories feature in this anthology of cunningly clever, award-winning stories from the "Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Awards. From murder mysteries to goldfish and World War to pavlova, well-known and emerging short story writers demonstrate their skill in weaving compelling tales in fewer than one thousand words.
The Seven Deadly Sins
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,700. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.80)
Thirty-five clever, contemporary and entertaining stories re-imagine Pope Gregory's Seven Deadly Sins. Written by established and emerging short story writers these stories will leave you greedy for more. Chosen by Kathie Brown, Kathryn Dwan, Peter Jolly and David Vernon these are the very best of the entries in the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award.
Yellow Pearl - Eighteen short stories from the Stringybark Australian History Awards
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,370. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.67)
Raise the term ‘history’ in a conversation in any group and half the participants will glaze over and talk about something else. Why? Is it because they think that history is a collection of dates or stories about musty, dusty, kings? Perhaps. Or perhaps they have never come across an anthology like this one — full of good writing and intriguing plots.
Tainted Innocence and other award-winning stories from the Twisted Stringybark Award
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,920. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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A tale with a twist always intrigues and here is an entire collection of thirty-one clever stories from both Australian and international authors. These are the winning and highly commended stories from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Competition. Written by established and new writers, each story has been chosen for its unique contribution to Australian literature.
Between the Sheets - Eighteen Short Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,940. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
(4.69)
This collection of erotic tales, by sixteen established and new authors, gives a fresh insight into contemporary erotica. Chosen from the entrants in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Awards, David Vernon, has selected eighteen entertaining, amusing and definitely arousing tales of passion. Ranging from the Garden of Eden to the sizzling streets of Spain, each story is sure to excite.
The Road Home and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Short Story Awards
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,380. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Thirty-three highly entertaining short stories explore the nature of Australia and the Australian character in this anthology of award-winning stories. Written by established and new writers, each story has been chosen for its unique contribution to Australian literature.
Marngrook and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Australian History Award
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,420. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.75)
Twenty-six award-winning short stories vividly bring Australian history to life, in this anthology from both established and new writers. Chosen by Gregory Blake, Jamie Hodder, Nadine Smith and David Vernon, Australian history has never been more interestingly and entertainingly presented.
The Heat Wave of '76 and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,630. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
(4.54)
Twenty-one award-winning erotic stories are included in this anthology of short stories written by some of the best Australian and international writers. From the discreet to the explicit these stories will provide heat on the coldest evening,
A Visit from the Duchess and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,800. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.55)
Science fiction, fantasy, horror and the occasional zombie can be found in these twenty-eight wickedly clever speculative fiction stories written by both Australian and international authors. Chosen by Ruth Ellison, Russell Schneider and David Vernon, these are the best of the entries in the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Awards.
The Bridge — 21 short stories from the Stringybark Fiction Awards
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,160. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.44)
This anthology explores the nature of Australia and Australians through twenty-one intriguing short stories selected from the Stringybark Short Story Awards
Between Heaven & Hell and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,120. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.67)
Writers from all over Australia have contributed to this delightful anthology of thirty-eight flash fiction stories. Written by established and first-time writers, these stories are the best of the entries in the Stringybark Flash Fiction Awards. Selected by David Vernon, Nadine Smith, Sarah Whitehead and Rick Williams.
Our Name Wasn't Written - A Malta Memoir (1936-1943)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,680. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » Military
(4.60)
This is the memoir of a young mother struggling to feed, clothe and house her family on “the most bombed island on earth” — Malta, during World War II. Written by two generations of eye-witnesses to the destruction wrought on the strategically vital island of Malta by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.
The Umbrella's Shade and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Short Story Award
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Price: Free! Words: 36,240. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.57)
This unique anthology brings together 27 short stories from established and first-time writers. The themes are many and varied. They are united by a common passion and curiosity for exploring the Australian character and how Australia’s big, broad land affects those who live here. Dip your toe in and sample the very best entries in the Stringybark Short Story Award.

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