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    Earthly Delights – The Novella Project IV

    These stories are rich in nuanced characterisations. The collection chosen is sure to appeal to a wide range of reading tastes. – Sally Breen (judge)

    Griffith Review once again showcases some of the best new Australian fiction with its fourth novella competition, Earthly Delights.

    Judges this year were novelist and Novella Project III winner Nick Earls; publisher and Stella Prize founder Aviva Tuffield; and creative writing lecturer and novelist Sally Breen.

    The winning entries range widely in theme, voice and style....

  • Contributors Circle

    Quarry
    Helen Gildfind

    'A red flash. The kite is up, hovering. The girl thrusts herself backwards. Back and forth she goes, gathering speed till she launches herself into the sky where she turns in strangely slow, windborne pirouettes. When he leaves his bench to walk his afternoon loops, the wind still carries her. It carries her to him in the ebb and flow of her whoops and yells.'

    As we eagerly await the release of our latest novella edition, this seems the perfect time to look back at one of last year’s winning novellas. Published in Griffith Review 50: Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project III, Helen Gildfind’s Quarry‘ is a heart-wrenching exploration of loneliness as her damaged and alienated protagonist tries to come to grips with nature of love and friendship.

  • Monthly column

    Berlin notes
    by CC O’Hanlon

    In no other city does the past haunt the present as persistently as it does in Berlin. It’s easy to put this down to the city’s steadfast refusal to forget the mid-century horrors of Nazism or to redact its grim physical and ideological divisions after the war, but even in earlier, pre-Nazi Weimar years, a persistent, jittery angst found an outlet in the occult. We still call on ghosts here and draw them into our everyday.

    The third instalment of CC O’Hanlon’s monthly column, ‘Berlin notes’, consults the ghosts of cultural and political figures that have followed Berlin into the twenty-first century.

  • In the media

    Grattan Institute’s
    Summer Reading List

    Australia’s recent economic success arose from a political consensus forged in the 1980s, which became globally inf luential. Precisely because it was successful in the prior era, it is now constraining the country’s ability to find its way towards new policies that will achieve future prosperity.

    Every year, the Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister, recommending books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and a great read. We’re thrilled to see that this year’s list includes ‘Time for a new consensus: Fostering Australia’s comparative advantages’, an e-book by Jonathan West and Tom Bentley from Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System. West and Bentley explore the economic, social and cultural changes in Australia over the last forty years, and suggest a new economic model for a more secure future

  • Submissions open

    Griffith Review 56:
    Millennials Strike Back

    The challenges this generation now face are great – political uncertainty, climate change, globalisation and economic stagnation have changed the rules of the game.

    Submissions are open for Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back, until Monday 5 December. Complete pieces only – no longer accepting pitches.

    Millennials, those born in the final decades of the twentieth century, have had bad press for a long time. Now they are fighting back, making their mark on a world that is profoundly different to the one their parents knew. This special edition of Griffith Review is devoted to the challenges and opportunities this generation is facing and embracing. The net will be cast wide, as we listen to the voices of the future – writers, academics, artists, workers, activists – reporting on the world as they experience it.

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