‘What makes a good short story?’ with Margaret River Press

Margaret River Press publishes a collection of short stories each year, made up of the best entries from their short story competition. The current publication is The Trouble With Flying, and another will be joining its ranks soon.

On Wednesday night, editor and competition judge Richard Rossiter joined a panel of authors to discuss the elements that make up a good short story. Caroline Wood, director of Margaret River Press, was the MC for the night. We’d like to thank all who attended plus Caroline, Richard and the authors!


Richard Rossiter is a writer, editor and occasional supervisor of postgraduate Writing students at Edith Cowan University. His novella, Thicker than Water  will be published in 2014 by UWA Press.

Bindy Pritchard 2nd prize winner of this year’s competition, is a Perth-based writer who occasionally gets shortlisted for writing awards such as this. Like most arts graduates she has worked as a cleaner, pizza deliverer, in a bowling alley, at the Fremantle markets, in the public service and as a research writer and editor. Sometimes she wonders if she should write ‘fantasist’ when filling out the occupation section on her Immigration and Customs declaration form.

Rosie Barter is a Fremantle writer and poet whose previous lifetime career embraced design and the visual arts. Her first short story, ‘Crossing’, was broadcast on ABC Radio National where she was described as ‘a very visual writer’. She has been published in Indigo, Jukebox, Sotto and Poetry d’Amour and recognised in various literary competitions. In 2014, she will finalise a memoir exploring her Greek ancestry. ‘Grasping for the Moon’ won second prize in the 2011 Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Fiction Award

Glen Hunting was born in Perth, Western Australia (WA)., where he still lives, and divides his time between writing and working as a metallurgist. His stories have appeared in dotdotdash journal, and in the anthologies The Kid on the Karaoke Stage And Other Stories and An Alphabetical Amulet. Glen also received a commendation in the 2013 KSP Speculative Short Story Competition.

Kristen Levitzke is a Perth-based mother, teacher and writer of fiction. She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (English & Fine Arts) and subsequently completed a postgraduate Diploma of Education. Kristen is currently redrafting her first novel while teaching part-time and raising two delightful boys. Kristen is a bibliophile with a deep passion for language, education and literacy development.

Caroline  Wood has a double degree in Art History and Psychology from Oxford Brooks University and has worked in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia. She has held various professional positions including that of Deputy Director at the Centre for Water Research (UWA). She was on the Board of Amnesty International (Australia) and the Board of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association. She is currently on the Board of the Small Publishers Network and Chair of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival Advisory Committee. Caroline has authored a family recipe book and several articles in various environmental magazines. A content gourmand and contemplative café frequenter, Caroline loves the wineries and galleries from Cape to Cape.