Submit to Voiceworks!


Voiceworks is a national, quarterly literary journal, featuring new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and comics by Australians under the age of 25. Voiceworks is produced entirely by people yet to hit the quarter century mark, and relies on contributions from readers to make up its content. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and individualised feedback is provided for all unsuccessful written submissions. All published contributors are paid for their work.

What we’re looking for

The best way to get a sense of the kinds of work we publish is to read Voiceworks! You can get yourself a copy by ordering it online, subscribing or by waltzing into one of these fine retailers.

Inside Voiceworks you’ll find a varied selection of short stories, poems, nonfiction, art and comics. We’re keen to read more experimental writing—think stylistically playful stuff, and work that blurs the boundaries between nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

We’re always on the lookout for writing in all of these forms, but what we’re chomping at the bit for is nonfiction. Just quietly, we get far more people sending us fiction and poetry than nonfiction. This means we want to read more of it, and frankly your odds of publication are better if you send us some. This doesn’t mean we compromise on the standard of nonfiction we publish—it needs to have a specific angle and offer some sort of insight, whether that’s a keen interest in researching something, expert knowledge on a topic, a unique experience or perspective, or a combination of these things. We recommend you pitch your nonfiction before sending it to us, especially if you’re not sure if your piece appropriate, or what you want to do with it. Pitching is our chance to help you out before you submit. So before you send us your work, we (strongly) urge you to read our handy nonfiction guide on how to construct your pitch and write good nonfiction in general.

The same goes for art and comics—we receive fewer art submissions than in written categories, and want to publish more of it inside Voiceworks. But before you send it our way, be sure to flip through a copy of the mag to make sure your work is suited to the page dimensions, colour limitations and design specifications of Voiceworks.

If poetry‘s your thing, read our poetry guide to get a better sense of what we look for in poetry submissions, or if you’re keen to improve your poems before sending them to us.

Theme: Immunity (Issue #110, Summer 2017/18)

The theme of our summer 2017/18 issue is ‘Immunity’, but you don’t have to stick to it. Our themes are a prompt more than anything else—a springboard to get the creative ideas flowing. Most of all, we just want good work. Our motto is…

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST

Lie awake, sweating in your bed, building up a memory in your bones. Feel fragile and you are, but hopefully this antigen will denature before you do. Wish you had a pill to fix this, but you don’t want to encourage antibiotic resistance. Although you’re resistant too, to the hype. You’re not a sheep person, you’re a cow person. Look at the blisters on your hands, you’ll never get smallpox. You were dipped headfirst into the Styx, that dry heel your only vulnerability. So lather on the minty cream you got for Christmas years ago. Build up the layers. Build up the wall, and hurry, because you’ve only got forty-five minutes to bungee jump off it and rescue your ingredients from the jaws of a tiger. To serve your steak medium-rare and convince them that you are in love. You’ve got real talent. They can’t send you home. They tried to once but you bleached your clothes, struck a deal, promised testimony and evidence. The cameras flashed as you left the courtroom, free, exposed to the blinding sun.    

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Grace Finlayson for the blurb~


Voiceworks accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art and comics, but before you send it our way, here are some rules (they help control the fun):

—We are only able to publish writers and artists who are under the age of 25 (that is, 24 and under) at the time of submission.

—We only accept work by people living in Australia (including international students) or by Australians living overseas.

—We only consider previously unpublished work.

Each category has its own submission page with specific guidelines, but here are the basics:

Fiction: send no more than two stories, each no more than 3,000 words.

Poetry: send no more than three poems, each no more than 100 lines. We recommend reading our poetry guide here before sending us your work.

Nonfiction: we recommend that you pitch your nonfiction work before sending it to us. Head here for advice on how to construct your pitch and write good nonfiction. For completed work, send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3,000 words.

Art and comics: please keep in mind, we print in black-and-white (greyscale) and our page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. For comics, we recommend you pitch them before sending them to us. For advice on how to pitch your comics, check out our handy guide here. Please send no more than three artworks.

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).


Nonfiction pitches are due Sunday 3 September, 11:59pm.

Fiction, poetry and completed nonfiction is due Sunday 17 September, 11:59pm.

Art and comics are due Sunday 15 October, 11:59pm.

Rates of pay

$100 for written work or for one image
$150 for multi-page comics or suites of images

You’ll find further details on each category by following the link below. Please read the information carefully and contact Voiceworks Editor Lucy Adams if you have any questions or concerns. Alrighty then, it’s time to submit!


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