Little Bird Stories

Volume Nine

Invisible Publishing and Sarah Selecky Writing school have joined forces to produce print editions of the wildly popular Little Bird Stories anthologies. The Little Bird Writing Contest is an international contest for innovative, emerging short fiction writers. The contest opens each spring when the birds come back and showcases the excellent stories that come from Sarah Selecky Writing School.

The 2019 Little Bird contest winners responded to the writing prompt: Write a story that starts with an ending. Give your character an unusual watch, use the words “striped” and “innovative” somewhere, and end your story with fruit.

Volume 9 features winning stories chosen by Cherie Dimaline.


Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is a Canadian Métis writer. Her 2017 young adult novel The Marrow Thieves, which explores the continued colonial exploitation of Indigenous people and the land, won the Governor General's Award for English-language children's literature, the 2017 Kirkus Prize and was a finalist in the CBC's 2018 Canada Reads competition. Her adult novel, Empire of Wild, was published in 2019.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


A description of the Little Bird Short Story Contest. 2 $0.20


Preface 2 $0.20


A short story about a young woman attending a party and feeling trapped in her hometown. 10 $1.00


A short story about an artist and her relatinship with a woman named Henry that begins after she finds an abandoned bird’s nest. 8 $0.80


A short story about a girl and her brother trying to save their father after he experiences a stroke while locked alone in a car. 7 $0.70


Contributor Biographies 3 $0.30