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Perth's Short Story Dispenser

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published October 14th 2020
‘For loiterers and literati alike’
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Have you ever had a handful of minutes to spare, perhaps waiting for a bus or that friend who is always running late and you find yourself wishing you had something to read?

And you reach for your phone, then realise that you've seen all the cat memes, Tik Tok gives you a headache and there's been no good news to read for about eight months.

Imagine you could press a button and be gifted with a short story, written with love from a local author about – in the words of Laurie Steed - 'our supremely underrated, often surprising metropolis.'

Imagine no longer, for Perth is the latest in a long line of cities to acquire a Short Edition story dispenser, which provides free short stories at the touch of a button. Our story machine is located in the CBD in Raine Square, perfect for the thousands of commuters making their way through the city each day.

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There are more than 300 dispensers on five continents, each featuring both the talents of local writers and the musings of a global writing community. Depending on how long you have, you can select different length stories - 1 minute, 3 minutes or 5 minutes – but you never know which gem you will receive.

The stories come printed on a long, thin, eco-friendly scroll of paper, yours to keep or to pass on as a literary bequest, and all entirely free.

Contributors to the Perth Short Story Dispenser include Emily Paull, Laurie Steed, Holden Sheppard, David Whish-Wilson, Rashida Murphy, Susan Midalia, Stephen Kinnane and Gillian O'Shaughnessy plus many more talented writers and poets. New stories will continually be added to the playlist.

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The first Short Story Dispenser appeared in Paris in 2016 and since then, there has been over 35 million readings of short stories either by print-outs or directly from the websites across the globe (you can read the Perth stories here).

For writers seeking the opportunity to have their story published on to the Short Story Dispenser, you can submit short pieces up to 8,000 characters for consideration. Check out the FAQ for more information.
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Why? Free short stories at the touch of a button
When: anytime
Where: Raine Square, 300 Murray St Perth
Cost: FREE
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Great article and what a wonderful idea!
by MaggieVP (score: 2|609) 238 days ago
Sounds like an excellent idea.
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