Review: The Canary Press Issue #1 0 Comments

Review: The Canary Press Issue #1

The Canary Press is a new Melbourne-based short story magazine, devoted to ‘publishing stories that are so damn good that people can’t resist them.’ They launched their first issue on May 2 in Brunswick, featuring fiction from established Melburnians like Tony Birch and Josephine Rowe, along with a crop of new Australian and international contributors.

A favourite piece of mine is ‘The Hoax Mermaid’ by Nigeria-based writer Adelehin Ijasan, which tells of a Harvard student’s experiences hunting dolphins as a boy in a Nigerian fishing village. Other stories are more humorous, like ‘Frances Pinkweather’ by first-time Brooklyn author Batya Ungar-Sargon. Overall, The Canary Press’s first issue has a good mix of serious and light-hearted pieces, though with a tendency toward the light-hearted.

The layout of the magazine is clean and light, with a generous amount of coloured and black and white illustrations to break up the text. I particularly enjoyed Randy Mora’s artwork for Ugar-Sargon’s ‘Frances Pinkweather’, and Ruben Romero’s visual interpretation of the Joseph Musso story ‘Failed Writer.’

It will be interesting to see where The Canary Press go with their next issue, for which they are currently accepting submissions (including a special segment of short short fiction about famous animals). For more information about where to find the magazine and how to submit, visit their website.


Laura Elizabeth Woollett is a fiction editor at Voiceworks. She likes butterflies, lace, tarot cards and true crime. Find her here.

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