The world, and Australia, is now a profoundly different place - interconnected and yet fractured - and the old stories have lost their relevance. Political and marketing rhetoric has reached its use-by date, and new definitions will be distilled from the work of artists. Stories for Today features new fiction by established, mid-career and emerging writers who make sense of the country as it is now, in a borderless, globalised world balanced between crisis and opportunity. Voices from home and the Australian diaspora explore the effects of migration, easy movement, pandemics, recession, connection with Asia, the service economy and more. This edition will also feature a series of short essays by leading writers, who will engage with questions about why writing fiction matters, how it differs from other forms of communication, and what it contributes to our culture and understanding of ourselves.