Writers and artists come together to tell the unfinished stories of the missing

Too Short Stories book renderToo Short Stories

Sadly, all many people know about the 100 Australians reported missing every day are their vital statistics.

In 2016, MPAN partnered with Grey Australia to give families of missing Australians the chance to share more about them. Nine families were paired with acclaimed authors, who each wrote a short story about their missing loved ones. Different artists then created original artworks for each of the nine long term missing, which were installed in the locations where they were last seen.

Some examples of the illustrations and story excerpts can be seen below. The full stories with the illustrations are being published in a beautifully designed hardcover book. Please consider purchasing a copy so that we can continue to humanise missing people and continue their unfinished stories.


MPAN extends its deepest gratitude to the families that participated in this project, the fantastic authors and artists who donated their time and talent, and Grey Australia for making it all happen.


Australian media coverage

Art shines light on plight of missing bushwalker Warren MeyerWarren's family

“We continue to struggle to cope with the loss of our husband and father — we want answers, but we need public awareness and assistance to be able to get them.”

Help us find my dad

“Dad’s story is too short, and there needs to be more.”

Spotlight on missing persons

“Too Short Stories personalises these cases, and Nicola's sonreminds the public that their support and awareness is critical.”

Royal National Park missing man Nick Veljanovski subject of Too Short Stories campaign

“This is about telling the stories beyond their missing person status, and telling the public they are real people, with families that need all the help them can get to find them.”

National campaign highlights the mystery cases of eight disappearances through stories and artworks

“The book is about raising awareness of the number of people affected when someone goes missing and to improve the support network for those families.”

Boronia schoolgirl Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon features in Too Short StoriesBung's stepdad

“This is about reminding the public that (Bung) is not just a schoolgirl that went missing, she is a young girl that had hobbies and interests and belonged to a family that adored her.”

Missing Persons Week: Families in desperate search for missing loved ones who vanished into thin air

“He had a large appreciation of the more important things in life, like the environment and animals and I think he was a bit of an old soul in how he looked at the world.”

No new leads on state’s missing

The family of Nicola Sallese, aged 69 at the time of his disappearance in 2008, has launched a new effort to find him.Sevak's family

International media coverage

MPAN Launches Too Short Stories Via Grey Melbourne

“A member of the public has already come to us with information, prompted by seeing one of the stories in her neighbourhood. Who knows where it will lead, but being aware this initiative is making that kind of impact is incredible.”

MPAN launches Too Short Stories during National Missing Persons Week via Grey Melbourne

“100 people are reported missing in Australia every day. Their lives, and those of the people left behind who care about them, have been put on hold – their stories cut short.”

Missing Persons Advocacy Network tells the stories of missing people in outdoor campaign

Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) is telling the stories of missing people in a new out-of-home campaign to remind the public about the people behind the statistics to mark National Missing Persons Week.

Grey Melbourne’s Too Short Stories reimagine the missing persons poster

What if writers and artists got together with the families of missing Australians to give the public a picture of the real people behind the vital statistics.

Too Short Stories campaign shines spotlight on long term missing persons

Recordings and radio ads

Emotive readings by the authors of each story, as well as actor Sibylla Budd, also played on radio during Missing Persons Week (embedded below).

Paul     Owen     Bung     Warren     Nicola     Sevak     Nick