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    Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project III

    ‘I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction. It is the beautiful daughter of a rambling, bloated ill-shaven giant (but a giant who’s a genius on his best days). And this child is the means by which many first know our greatest writers…’ Ian McEwan

    In 2012, Griffith Review 38: The Novella Project played a major role in enabling Australian and New Zealand authors to gain a foothold in the English language revival of the novella underway internationally. In 2014, Griffith Review 46: Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II published five novellas with an historical dimension in a confronting,...

  • Contributors' Circle

    Lyndel Caffrey

    He opens his eyes and yesterday's colour is all gone. There is only grey. A light rain scatters over the deck, barely touching him before it blows away and in just that moment he knows that Glad has left him for good. The rain passes and it carries her away. The world shrinks, it shrinks with her, it shrinks without her, it shrinks at the touch, and leaves nothing behind.

    Lyndel Caffrey’s novella, Glad, was a winner of the first Novella Project competition and featured in Griffith Review Edition 38: The Novella Project. Bird and Glad agree to marry on the first hot day of summer, but first they must survive the Melbourne winter of 1923.

  • Lecture

    Griffith Review Annual Lecture

    One of the prime targets for ratbags are organisations, or even whole industries, that conform. Conforming in the arts is a pretty dangerous thing…

    Last week, Graeme Wood delivered the 2015 Griffith Review Annual Lecture. Graeme is an unconventional businessmen – he gives his money away to causes he supports, and as a passionate environmentalist he has bankrolled the Australian Greens. As a philanthropist he has funded the Guardian Australia newspaper, universities and indigenous groups. Wood is critical of consumerism, rampant growth and free trade. He believes if we want to create a sustainable, innovative future for Australia, then we need more ‘ratbags’.

    Watch the live stream, or listen to the lecture and to Graeme in conversation with Paul Barclay from ABC RN’s Big Ideas about the importance of boldness and innovation in creating a vibrant and sustainable future.

  • free e-book

    Melbourne Prize 2015
    Essay Finalists e-book

    Are these the way into the unconscious of the city? Do they reveal the city’s dreams and desires, memories and nightmares? As I wandered slowly through suburban landscapes, so familiar that we pass among them every day without notice or comment, they became invested with strangeness, like an unknown land.

    As part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, the annual Melbourne Prize for Literature created the Writers Prize – a new category that provides opportunities for previously published writers to produce new work with a focus on Melbourne, Victoria or Australia.

    Griffith Review has published an e-book, free to download, featuring four outstanding finalist essays for the Writers Prize 2015 as well as the winning essay by Kate Ryan.

  • Competition

    The Novella Competition IV is open

    Short enough to consume like a single satisfying meal, long enough to linger over with coffee, these novellas deliver us into worlds we don't expect and have a hard time forgetting. For sheer invention and range, the authors showcase the vitality and scope of the short form to create dynamic, visceral and memorable worlds. – Cate Kennedy on The Novella Project III

    Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s The Novella Project IV competition. Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 54: The Novella Project IV (26 October 2016). Entrants will also receive a free one-year digital subscription to Griffith Review.

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