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The saying is that good things come in small packages, and this December, our Next Big Thing is taking it to heart. Which writers are making the most of short form?

Pull up a glass of wine and let us introduce you to quality over quantity – with the best in microfiction, micropoetry, short non-fiction, essays and more (or less).

Hear new work from Deserae Horswood, Jack Latimore, Madeline Bailey and Kathryn Ross. And if it goes well, who knows? Maybe next year, we’ll be the Next Small Thing.


Jack Latimore

Jack Latimore is an Indigenous researcher with the Centre for Advancing Journalism. He is currently involved in the development of several projects aimed at improving the quality of Indigenous representation and participation in the mainstream media-sphere. His journalism work has appeared in Koori ... Read more

Deserae Horswood

Deserae Horswood is a writer, researcher and social psychologist. Her experimental non-fiction integrates critical theory and creative non-fiction, and in 2016 she won the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. She has a Masters in Writingfrom the University of Melbourne and has worked for The L... Read more

Kathryn Ross

Kathryn Ross lives in a small coastal town in Victoria, where she divides her time between writing poetry, and working as a registered nurse in aged care. Her poetry has been included in anthologies and online journals, and she has been commissioned to write and read poetry as part of local festival... Read more

Madeline Bailey

Madeline Bailey is a 20-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne, where she studies anthropology and creative writing. She grew up in Tasmania and won the Future Leaders Writing Prize while in Year 12 at Hobart College. Two of her short stories have since appeared in Voiceworks,... Read more


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