The Quart Short Reading nights are a newly founded series of literary salons in Adelaide. Our motto is: great stories, well read


Spring has sprung, which means it must be nearly time for Spring Shorts! You’re warmly invited to join us on Tuesday 30 October at 7:00pm at Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange for a bumper night of stories and songs. Prepare to be delighted, amused, challenged, and moved as the cream of Adelaide’s actors read some of the best new prose and poetry from all around Australia. You can book tickets here:

For an idea of what you might hear (and, if you’re a writer, what you might submit) have a listen to these pieces from some of our previous reading nights:


We are looking for stories that surprise, delight, and challenge; themes, characters, and plots that make the mind whirl or the heart jump; and stories that will sound great when read aloud. In addition to short fiction and poetry, we’re interested in receiving your literary non-fiction (also known as creative non-fiction). Writers with culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse backgrounds, as well as writers with a disability, are strongly encouraged to submit their work.

Before submitting, here’s what you need to know:

  • Stories should be no longer than 2,500 words. Poetry and very short fiction will be considered (three pieces maximum), as will literary non-fiction. There is no set theme for submissions.
  • You are welcome to submit previously published work, although we encourage you to submit new work. Please advise when submitting where the work has previously appeared.
  • Please format your submission using a simple (e.g. Times New Roman) font in size 12 with 1.5 line spacing. Please number the pages of your submission.
  • Submissions are ongoing; if your work is not selected for the upcoming Quart Short event, we may keep it in mind for a future evening.
  • Please do not include your work in the body of your email. Submit as an email attachment (acceptable file types: doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt) to with ‘Submission’ in the subject line.

Terms and conditions of submission:

  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age and be residing in Australia.
  • By submitting your work, you confirm that the material is original.
  • By submitting, writers grant Quart Short license to perform the work as part of a Quart Short event, to record and, if applicable, to offer this recording for broadcast on public radio and other free-to-air media. Intellectual property remains with the writer. We ask that Quart Short be acknowledged in any future publication or presentation of the work.
  • We pay all of our contributors a small fee for their time and work (usually around $30). As we are currently unfunded, we operate on a profit-share arrangement.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to provide feedback on work.
  • Submissions may be edited for punctuation, correct spelling and grammar, and formatting.
  • The Collective reserves the right to exclude from consideration any submissions which do not adhere to the guidelines set out here.

The Quart Short Collective, Ben Brooker, Patrick Frost, Lisandra Linde, and Janet Thomas, select the pieces and contact applicants around two weeks prior to the event. We encourage both successful and unsuccessful applicants to join us for a scotch or two on the night!

Who We Are

Ben Brooker is a writer, editor, critic, essayist and playwright. He is a graduate of Flinders University (BA Hons) and is the author of many published short stories, poems, essays and reviews. His work has been performed in Sydney and Adelaide, and he writes about theatre for Daily Review, RealTime, Australian Book Review, and on his blog Marginalia. In 2013 his first full-length play, The Lake, was produced by Adelaide-based independent theatre company Since then he has completed two further full-length plays, The Dreamy House and Dark Moon, the latter of which was written while Ben was an Emerging Writer-in-Residence at the SA Writers’ Centre in early 2013.

Ben also regularly presents playwriting and reviewing workshops for both teenagers and adults at the SA Writers’ Centre, and was a featured playwright at the Emerging Writers’ Festival Adelaide Roadshow in September 2014 and at the National Play Festival in Adelaide in July 2015. Ben’s most recently produced play was the dystopian triptych This Storm (which he also directed), a hit at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2016-17 he was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow.

Twitter: @BenMBrooker



PatrickPatrick Frost began his career in University theatre in the late 1960’s, joined the first South Australian Theatre Company ensemble at The Playhouse and toured Australia in 1975 with David Williamson’s “The Department”. Patrick has featured in three seasons for the Melbourne Theatre Company and toured nationally in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” for the Sydney Theatre Company. He has been part of State Theatre SA productions for over 30 years including “Away”, “Blithe Spirit”, “Twelfth Night”, “Design for Living” and “Lion Pig Lion”. He played Father Dewis in “Buried Child” and at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre he played Jimmy Jack in Flying Penguin’s critically acclaimed “Translations”. He also played John in the best Ensemble Cast Award winning production of Michael Hill’s play “Boxing Day Test” in 2010. Patrick had another success in 2014 in the title role of “Macbeth” for Foul Play and their widely acclaimed production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” the following year. Patrick was part of the ensemble at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe in Sandpit’s “Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid” which won the Fringe Award for Best Interactive Theatre. On screen Patrick has recently been seen in “Deadline Gallipoli”, “Shut up Little Man!– an Audio Misadventure”, and “Remembering the Man” – the story of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo. Last year he was also in “Wolf Creek” – the Mini Series and the thriller “Bad Blood” featuring Xavier Samuel. He has been a proud member of the Equity Section of the MEAA for more than 40 years and currently serves as State President.


lizLisandra Linde is an editor and writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. In 2017 she co-founded the online Arts magazine Tulpa Magazine at which she is currently a managing editor.

She writes Fantasy and creative nonfiction and frequently performs at spoken word events around Adelaide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Archaeology. During her undergraduate studies she was an editor and designer for Empire Times Magazine. She is the vice president and treasurer of Speakeasy Flinders and a member of Quart Short Literary Readings.

Lisandra is currently working on her honours thesis on the subject of women’s essays and mental illness narratives at Flinders University.

Twitter: @KrestianLullaby


janetJanet Thomas spends her days writing, reading and generally trying to enjoy life. Some days she manages to achieve more of one than the other, some days she fails at all three. For those people who care about qualifications, she has a doctorate in Creative Writing, a Diploma in Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Women’s Education) and a Diploma in Professional Counselling.

In July 2015 she started this blog. Take a look if you want to learn more about Janet, writing and living. The only other thing Janet has done is live well but not always wisely. She plans to continue the former and improve on the latter.