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We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. We only consider previously unpublished work. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists.
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TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS
Send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3000 words.
Send no more than three pieces, and no more than 100 lines in total. Check out some tips for strengthening your poetry submission here.
We recommend that you pitch your nonfiction work before sending it to us. Otherwise, send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3000 words. If you’re keen to submit, but tapped out for ideas, check out our nonfiction brainstorm.
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Please name your files: strings of numbers and letters are easily confused with other submissions.
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If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.
UPCOMING THEMES AND DEADLINES
#94: ‘Nourish’ (Spring 2013)
‘You’ve eaten this before, as a child. Unsweetened flesh, not quite ripe. Red centre bursting. An urchin in a fruit’s skin. Seeds stuck between your teeth. You grope for the name. Run into others. Spiny. Tentacled. Anemone. Your mother smiles. Fig. Fruits from your youth. Kiwi. Avocado. Pomegranate. Today you see the word and you think ‘grotesque’. You break it into syllables. Strip it down to sounds heard in /jutəro/. You brush your hand across your abdomen and wonder where it hides. Peekaboo. Nursery rhymes. You wish you were a wolf child. Feral. You’d be excused for being silent. You’d spread your lips with a peach without thinking about sound. Just teeth and jaw and the image of an animal. Body language. Sign language. Like dancing hands. The tools we use to recreate the earth in our own image. Take a photo and fabricate a memory; a reconstruction. Of that time you played in the ocean and watched the distortion of your toes. You felt lighter in the water, thought gravity had no place there. It’s a honey moon tonight. Close. Golden. Barren as everything else that’s distant.’
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