Stories for Today features new fiction by established, mid-career and emerging writers who make sense of the country as it is now, in a borderless, globalised world balanced between crisis and opportunity. Voices from home and the Australian diaspora explore the effects of migration, easy movement, pandemics, recession, connection with Asia, the service economy and more.
Just as fiction provided the enduring images and notions of Australia at other key points in our history, so we need stories to do this today. Articulating the new values - sustainability, tolerance and accountability - shouldn't be left to politicians and advertisers. It is something artists and writers are well equipped to explore and express.
This edition will also feature a series of short essays commissioned from leading writers, who will engage with questions about why writing fiction matters, how it differs from other forms of communication, and what it contributes to our culture and understanding of ourselves.
Stories for Today will endure as a landmark fiction anthology of our time.