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Campfire Stories

Short-form stories that celebrate each and all of us. Proudly supported by the City of Melbourne.

Launching in July 2022. Drop your email below for early access.


Stories that bring us closer

Campfire Stories is a project by Small Fires, a social enterprise making toys, books and games that spark curiosity and celebrate diversity. After releasing our debut picture book in 2020, we've been dedicated to creating stories that joyfully bring us closer together.

Through Campfire Stories, we're working with emerging artists, writers and translators to create beautiful short-form stories that celebrate the richness of our languages and cultures.

We're proudly and gratefully supported by the City of Melbourne, without who, this project wouldn't exist. For the first 12 months, our stories will be all about celebrating the diversity of those who call Naarm (Melbourne) home. We're currently looking for new artists, writers and translators to work with. If you have a story to tell, get in touch with us via the link below.

Work with us

Things You Might Be Wondering

How often are stories released?

We're working on a schedule of one beautiful new story per month, starting from July 2022.

How will the stories be published?

Making the stories accessible to everyone is really important to us. So each story will be freely available online, via this website. If you join our mailing list we'll also send each new story to your inbox when it's released.

Once launched, we'll be experimenting with a printed edition of each story. For a small fee, you'll be able to get each story, beautifully in ink, delivered to your home each month.

Who writes and illustrates the stories?

We work with emerging writers and illustrators from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to produce our stories. Our aim is create stories that represent the richness of our communities, so we actively seek out writers of all ages, religions, cultures, genders and backgrounds!

If you are (or know) someone who is finally ready to share their words or illustrations with the world, we'd love to hear from you! Apply to work with us here.

If you haven't been published before, or are just getting started in your career, we especially want to hear from you.

Do you pay your creatives?

Yes! We work with our authors, illustrators and translators on a paid basis. This is thanks to the generous support of the City of Melbourne, who have funded the first 12 months of this project.

Each work will be a commissioned piece. While we're still working out the agreements, they'll be designed to empower not restrict our creatives when it comes to copyright and use.

What language will the stories be available in?

Each story will be published in two languages: English and the author's language of choice.

We will be working with translators to help facilitate this, so if you are (or know) a translator looking to grow their portfolio, we'd love to hear from you.

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