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Sleepers Almanac X Edition


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Independent publishing house Sleepers released the first Sleepers Almanac in 2005. Since then, the release of the almanac, always a collection of quality short stories, has developed into an annual literary event. It’s also served as an annual riposte to doomsayers proclaiming the death of the short story.

In honour of the tenth and final Sleepers Almanac, we are hosting a special edition of The Next Big Thing featuring contributors past and present. Celebrating writers who navigate the art of the short story, as well as the readers who love them, this event will honour the contribution the Sleepers Almanac has made to the Australian writing community.

Hosted by Louise Swinn.


Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn is a journalist, editor, critic and writer, co-founder of Sleepers independent publishers, the Small Press Network, and the Stella Prize. Louise edited Choice Words (Allen & Unwin, 2019), a collection of pieces demystifying abortion, and currently works as a journalist with the Aust... Read more

Sam Cooney

Sam Cooney runs the literary organisation TLB, which houses the independent book publishing press Brow Books and quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow, as well as running a website, writing prizes, events, and more. He is publisher-in-residence at RMIT, teaches sessionally at several universit... Read more

Kalinda Ashton

Kalinda Ashton’s first novel, The Danger Game, was published in August 2009 (Sleepers). Her short stories have been widely published, in literary journals and anthologies including Meanjin, The Sleepers Almanac, Overland, Strange and Hecate, and they have been broadcast on ABC Radio. Kalinda has a... Read more

David Astle

Alias DA on Friday’s puzzle page in the Age, David Astle is a lifelong wordsmith, writer, columnist and ABC broadcaster. His latest book – Rewording The Brain – explores the neural benefits of crosswords. You can catch him on Evenings most weeknights, or flapping a dictionary on SB... Read more

Jane Ormond

Jane Ormond is a freelance writer and editor from Melbourne. Her fiction has been published by Cardigan Press, Sleepers and Going Down Swinging and performed on Radio National, and she has appeared at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and the St Kilda Writers Festival. She’s a graduate of RMIT’s ... Read more


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