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Big Issue announces 2020 fiction edition line-up

The Big Issue has announced the authors that will appear in its 16th annual fiction edition.

The 2020 edition features 14 stories from Australian writers, including new commissioned work from Bruce Pascoe, Claire G Coleman and Alice Bishop.

A further 11 stories were selected from a record 871 submissions, which were judged blind by Big Issue books editor Thuy On and writer and editor Katherine Smyrk, as well as the magazine’s editorial team. The selected stories are by Millie Baylis, Anne Kate Blair, Nina Cullen, Jennie Del Mastro, Brooke Dunnell, Angharad Hampshire, Jodie Kewley, Michael McGirr, Ferne Merrylees, Rebecca Varcoe and Colin Varney.

The Big Issue editor Amy Hetherington said the 2020 Fiction Edition is ‘extra special’.

‘Sharing stories is a way we connect and make sense of the world, and this collection of new fiction brings some levity and meaning to these unpredictable times,’ said Hetherington. ‘Not only is this edition full of great reads from new and emerging writers, but by buying a copy you’re also supporting your local Big Issue vendor in what has been a tough year.’

The Big Issue said its vendors are ‘equipped with hand sanitisers, magazine boxes and the option for cash, card or Beem It payments to ensure the health and wellbeing of vendors, customers and the broader community’. Victorians who cannot access a vendor can purchase the magazine at selected supermarkets or online, and readers can purchase subscriptions to support the Big Issue‘s women’s subscription enterprise.

The Big Issue‘s fiction edition goes on sale tomorrow, Friday 2 October.


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