The Big Issue released its 13th annual Fiction Edition on 25 August, featuring work by acclaimed authors Paulo Coelho, Elliot Perlman and Matthew Reilly.

Popular novelist Nick Earls was recruited as a guest judge for the bumper edition, which attracted more than 550 short story submissions. Writers including Romy Ash, Toni Jordan and Anna Spargo-Ryan also feature in the edition.

Launched in both Melbourne and Sydney on Friday 25 August, the Fiction Edition is 20 pages longer than regular editions of The Big Issue thanks to a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Read more on the special edition here: The Big Issue Fiction Edition 16.08.2017.

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