Short Stories

Jo’s stories have won the Yeovil Literary Prize and The Wells Literary Prize in the UK; and The Banjo Patterson Award, the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Award, and the EJ Brady Award in Australia. They have aired on the BCC and RN. Jo’s story, Can’t Take the Country out of the Boy, has been optioned for a short film. Her short fiction has been published in The Age newspaper, WetInkWesterly, and the Momaya Review and has been anthologised in collections below:

Final_Shibboleth_CoverJo’s story, Shibboleth, won the Margaret River Press Short Story Award for 2016 and is the lead story for the collection, Shibboleth and Other Stories.

In her four-star review of the collection for Books+Publishing, Joanne Shiels singles out the “powerful, artful phrasing of Shibboleth” and praises Margaret River Press’ commitment to showcasing Australian writers. She continues, “Editor Laurie Steed describes the ‘right’ short stories as ones that ‘sear their mark upon one’s soul’. Repeatedly, this collection does that.” (Books+Publishing, 26 May 2016)




‘Kennedy presents her anthology of  31 stories as a Masterclass in short fiction.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Best Australian Stories 2011

Duty of Care by Jo Riccioni is so well drawn it’s hard to read it without the pathos felt by the protagonist lifting from the page and weaving about inside you.’ – Overland

‘…the state of Australian writing deserves a clean bill of health.’ –  The Sun Herald

Best Australian Stories 2010







‘A collection to treasure and enjoy’– Sydney Morning Herald




Book available at Tomely







THE AGE NEWSPAPER – read a review here

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