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Everything, All At Once


Fiction and poetry from 30 of Australia's best writers under 30.

A vibrant and essential collection that celebrates the future of Australian writing.

Endless sunshine bleaches the curtains and wears the nerves of a woman stuck inside. A chance encounter with a stranger changes the course of a life in small but significant ways. An imagined audience drives people to the extreme. A young woman wrestles with inheritance and loss.

Compiled from the winning entries of the 2021 Ultimo Prize, this collection represents Australia’s next generation of literary talent. Their work is forward-thinking and provocative, exciting and surprising. Beautifully designed by George Saad, Everything, All at Once is populated with characters seeking comfort and connection in an uncertain world.

Contributors: Cherie Baird, Alice Bellette, Aishah Maryam David, Josie/Jocelyn Deane, Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn, Amy Duong, Gavin Yuan Gao, Madeleine Gray, Vivien Heng, Natasha Hertanto, Matilda Howard, Franklyn Hudson, Gurmeet Kaur, Robert Kennard, Andy Kovacic, Jennifer Nguyen, Ismene Panaretos, Georgia Rose Phillips, Jamaya Plackowski, Quanita, Seth Robinson, Shane Scriven, Charlotte Snedden, Coco Stallman, Lora Subotic, Amy Taylor, Sebastian Winter, Dženana Vucic, Cassandra-Elli Yiannacou and Amelia Zhou.

The Ultimo Prize aims to discover and support the best emerging writers in Australia. The 2021 Ultimo Prize focuses on fiction and poetry by authors under the age of 30 writing on the subject of identity. Details of the 2022 theme will be announced in December 2021.


‘In its effort to give a face to the future of Australian writing, Everything, All At Once, in practice, does something else; it gives a voice to the present. The young writers featured in the collection expertly twine together an intimate engagement with themselves and their peers, with the greater anxieties that seem to rest on the shoulders of Australia’s young generations.’  Stephanie Jenkins, UNSA


This volume is an exquisite gift for the young writer, and a necessary read for those interested in what the future of Australian literature has to offer.’  Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of Foreign Soil and The Hate Race

‘Read it and weep (over how good it is).’  Pedestrian


‘there’s only one way to absorb this brilliant volume: by taking in Everything, All At Once.’  happymag.tv


‘It is extremely difficult to pinpoint favourites in such an immensely polished, refreshing and provocative collection of work. I was impressed by how well the pieces complement one another and move together, with no one piece vying for more attention... Days after finishing, I can still recall individual stories and poems.’  Aniko Press


‘These young writers recognise the nutrient-rich chord that binds a sense of identity to the world around us, and the collection provides a tiny glimpse into the many ways that, in creating our authentic selves, we really do need to consider everything, all at once.’  Opus Magazine




Pub Date
November 2021



Short stories and poetry

Emerging writers. Identity. Connection.