ScratchThat Magazine

ScratchThat magazine publishes high quality, original work as a way to showcase the burgeoning talents of third year creative writing and visual arts students. The aim is to encourage emerging writers and artists by providing a supportive space for them to publish their work.

Allen & Unwin Prize

The 2020 Allen and Unwin Writers Prize is a scholarship offered to undergraduate creative writing students by Australia’s leading independent publisher, Allen & Unwin. Gabbi Cramond, Ciaran Grieg and Tom Linkins are the three finalists for the 2020 Prize, and we are proud to publish their works in Issue 3 of Scratch That Magazine.

Watch our interview with the finalists, and read their works below!

Allen & Unwin prize finalists

Read the 2020 finalists’ submissions.

white lines by Gabbi Cramond

Even under the moonlight, the bush somehow felt alive. The green had burnt away, so only bare limbs shuffled in the breeze. With her phone as her only light source, Angie moved forward. She could hear remnants of Margo’s voice in her head daring Angie to turn around. Her footsteps were vanquished by the crowing galahs; they hid in the trees, singing a lullaby.

Instagram@gabbicramond

Close Enough to Lick by Ciaran Greig

She watched as Aaron leant through the window, far enough to topple out. What if his centre of gravity shifted a mere millimetre? Smashed brains and curdled blood spattered all over the drive in the middle of the night. What a mess that would be. Liss sighed from the bed.

Instagram@ciaran.elizabeth

The Flaneur by Thomas Linkins

Everybody who’s been to Paris has something to say about it: it’s overrated; it smells like piss; it’s rude, unfriendly, and overpriced. I find that in keeping one’s expectations set to a default low, the world has no choice but to continually exceed them (the antithesis of a hype-girl, I know).

*This work contains explicit sexual content

Instagram@average.tom

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Student works in performance

Audio dramas by ScratchThat Magazine

False Confidence

You've placed so much faith in God so far, but when will it be time to start putting faith into yourself?

Written & directed by Leelyn Cruddas
Starring Matthew Bengtson
Produced by Jack Bell & Leelyn Cruddas
Audio engineer Stirling Cantley
Technical director/supervising editor Leelyn Cruddas
Audio editing by Lucas Burns & Tom Loudon
Special thanks to Andrea Moor and Rohan Wilson

Artwork by Amber Lee Instagram: @_firescribe

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Hey It's Me

The last thing Jaz wants to do is to think about the life she's trying to leave behind, but everything changes when her new phone seems to be able to make a connection to parts of herself she'd lost belief in.

Written & directed by Maggie Gale
Starring Lucy Heathcote as Jaz, Rachel Nutchey as Emma, Izzy Lamprey as Mrs. Stevenson, and Maggie Gale as Daniel Stevenson
Produced by Jack Bell & Leelyn Cruddas
Audio engineer Stirling Cantley
Technical director/supervising editor Leelyn Cruddas
Audio editing by Lucas Burns & Tom Loudon
Special thanks to Andrea Moor and Rohan Wilson

Artwork by Amber Lee Instagram: @_firescribe

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Alone Together

Alone Together is a multidisciplinary response to social, environmental, political and health issues that have been illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disparity in response efforts to the pandemic around the world has heightened awareness of the effects our values and behaviours have on our communities.

Creative Writing students collaborated with fellow graduating students in Dance and Visual Arts.