Grattan Street Shorts

Designed to showcase work that’s bold and experimental, or does not fit neatly into conventional formats. Grattan Street Shorts includes novellas, linked stories, collected micro-fiction, long essays, and creative nonfiction.


Grattan Street Press is pleased to announce the release of Mer, the newest Grattan Street Short, available here. This innovative collection of short stories by Samantha Amy Mansell unsettles traditional mermaid mythology – beyond gender, beyond beauty, beyond romance.

Mer is set in an ominous underwater world marred by environmental destruction. The merfolk have ruled their watery domain for untold years, but humans threaten it with deadly danger. Stranded and alone, Odel haunts an abandoned lake. Ondine drags her prey to a graveyard of their own making. Unzel pursues a threatening boat. Nothing left to lose, the merfolk will do whatever it takes to defend their home – no matter who gets in their way.

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RRP: $17.95
Format: PB
Extent: 112
ISBN: 9780648209645
Release date: 9 November 2020

Something to Be Tiptoed Around

We’ve kicked off Grattan Street Shorts with Emma Marie Jones’s wonderful book, Something to Be Tiptoed Around, which is now available here. Our resident expert tells us it’s an experimental autobiography, which sounds daunting, and hardly begins to describe the entrancing quality of the writing.

“When you are a writer and a sore little piece of yourself breaks off and crystallises, you name it and you write a world for it and it becomes a story…”

In this stunning experimental mix of memoir and fictocriticism, Emma Marie Jones unravels the sinuous complexities of grief, loss, memory and femininity. Drawing on elements of Greek mythology and literary theory in ways that are surprising and imaginative, Something To Be Tiptoed Around is both deeply affecting and utterly human.

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RRP: $12.95
Format: PB
Extent: 126
ISBN: 9780987625380
Release Date: 18 June 2018