Between Heaven & Hell and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award

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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. More
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About David Vernon

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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Reviews of Between Heaven & Hell and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award by David Vernon

Rita Willsher reviewed on April 6, 2021

Short stories are just that, short. Flash Fiction, gaining increasing traction, thanks to Twitter and such, are even shorter. Their brevity, however, does not mean they lack any of the elements of their other, more generously endowed cousins. The distilled, self-contained and complete universes in this anthology exist for the sole aim of providing delight and entertainment to their readers, and they succeeded to do just that.

R Willsher
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Tenza reviewed on June 20, 2013

This isn't an erotic book but it is a sensuous one. Morgana McLeod has a way with words that just thrill the senses and some of the stories are so clever and all fit within one thousand words. This is a fresh collection of clever short story writing.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Mike McG reviewed on Oct. 8, 2012

"Free-Diving" by Morgana MacLeod is the stand out story in this wonderful collection of short stories — erotic but unsettling the imagery lives with me weeks after reading the story. But perhaps it is unfair to highlight one tale. All the stories are fascinating in their own way. There are some very funny stories (eg the title story, "Between Heaven and Hell" by Annette Johnson) and some very heart-rending stories (eg "Mal's Coming for a Visit" by Rebecca Raisin. Great collection.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)
Em Brister reviewed on July 3, 2012

I read lots of short stories. I want ones that are clever, have a good ending and are well written — grammatically correct, no typos and their style fits the genre. This book is spot on. Some very funny stories, some poignant, some sad — just how an anthology should be.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)
Gabion reviewed on July 2, 2012

I've always enjoyed flash fiction and the need to pack a lot into a very small space. When authors do this well the story soars! This is a collection of well packed stories with very non-flying stories! I'm impressed with this collection and from the publisher's website it appears another collection is on the way. I think Stringybark has hit on a great formula for producing entertaining short stories. This book doesn't disappoint.
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
Jack A Benson reviewed on March 29, 2012

I enjoy flash fiction - it's great for reading on the bus and train on the way home and so to read a well-written, entertaining anthology was quite a treat. This is a well edited book with a most interesting selection of stories. Very few duds - most of them quite brilliant. I'll read more Stringybark in future.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Jane Doilly reviewed on March 28, 2012

Finding good stuff on Smashwords is a bit hit and miss these days but I do like Stringybark material and this book is no exception. A wide range of stories covering a wide range of subjects. Each one competently written and thought-provoking. Good work, Stringybark.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Peter Thompson reviewed on Nov. 16, 2011

Oh goodie. Another short story collection from Stringybark. I bought this some months ago and only got to it last night. Read it through in one sitting. Clever stories.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
V.S. Daley reviewed on Nov. 13, 2011

I'm very chuffed with this purchase. These are short, punch stories which have been chosen with care. Excellent production quality too.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
Clarissa White reviewed on Oct. 13, 2011

This is how I like my anthologies - varied, entertaining, intriguing and well written. What a great selection of short stories. Having waded through endless free e-books it was worth paying a few bucks for a good read. The production quality was excellent with no grammar or spelling errors evident. Kate Loveday's story, "The Shed" is particularly poignant. But there are many others worth mentioning too. Good value.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

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