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Best Australian yarn: Jo Brown’s ‘Sunset’ makes top 50 longlist of inaugural short story competition


Like many people, Joe Brown leads a busy lifestyle that doesn’t always leave much time for creative pursuits.

Although she has a deep-rooted love of writing, she admits that her passion has taken a backseat to the demands of family and career.

In fact, when Best Australian Yarn came around, Ms Brown often had just 30 minutes a day to work on her long-listed story Sunset. She now has a one-in-50 chance to win the world’s richest short story prize for professional and amateur writers, and is in the running for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award.

“I used to write a lot when I was younger, but as is often the case, life got busy with family and work commitments and I stopped,” Ms Brown said.

“In 2019, after a family holiday, I renewed my creativity and returned to writing. I started slowly at first, trying to fit in where I could.


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