Submission Guidelines

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg.
We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
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. 

Guidelines

Voiceworks Online will publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics designed specifically for a digital platform. This means interactive fic, code poetry, hypertext essays, animated comics… if it can’t be printed on a physical page, this is the place for it.

Please submit completed work as a ZIP file containing all of the images, code and other assets used in your work. Comics may be submitted as PDFs, JPEGs or ZIP files, and can be submitted with or without formatting code, it’s up to you!

For programmable works we accept HTML-based work, including those with CSS and Javascript code. Work that relies on external APIS or server-side code may run into issues on our publishing platform, and will be published at the online editors’ discretion. 

Please send no more than two pieces at a time. Word limits are as follows:

Fiction and nonfiction - no more than 3000 words

Poetry - no more than 100 lines

Comics - no more than 10 pages

If you are submitting two pieces, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second submission.

If you aren’t sure if what you’re working on is the right fit for us, or if you want some guidance developing an idea, please feel free to send us a pitch via the Voiceworks Online Pitches form.


Those seeking to submit work to the print magazine, please see the separate submission categories. 

Rates of Pay

$100-$150 per published piece, depending on length and format 

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media and Voiceworks websites, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact Voiceworks Editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

Log on. 30 minutes after school becomes three hours after midnight, bathing in a never-ending blue sunset. Conversations turn transcontinental. Learn to match the scream of the modem, sighing into the spiral of death as the video stops loading. Build a world in the box of electricity where you are someone else, somewhere else. And build another one. Scroll. Anarchic web nations lead armies to claim your time and your patterns. Forget the libraries of code washed away in slow digital tides. Scroll. Erect a shrine to all of your lost passwords. Scroll. In the future, which is today, this will all be robots, stuck in arguments with other robots. Scroll. Swipe into being.

Voiceworks Online wants your digital writing pitches! Whether you’re an experienced coder or brand new to digital writing, we are here to help!

What we want to read

Broadly, anything that can’t be printed. This includes, but is not limited to: interactive (non)fiction, videos, full-colour comics, animated comics, photo essays, code poetry, bots, computer-generated text, narrative games, image macros, personality quizzes, podcasts, visual essays, data essays, spoken word pieces. Think hyperlinks, GIFs, chat logs: multimedia and massively online.

How we can help

Trying new forms of writing can be daunting, so we’re here to help you regardless of what stage you are at. We can help you by:

  • Suggesting tools/technologies/formats to realise your digital vision for a piece
  • Pointing you in the direction of tutorials and tech support for a given technology
  • Fine-tuning an existing piece
  • Giving feedback on an idea in general

Finer details

Please include in your pitch some or all of the following:

  • A rough estimate of length/duration etc
  • Description of the piece/themes and what you want to achieve
  • Why you’re the person to write it 
  • A rough framework of how you want the piece to be formatted (content-wise and/or structurally)
  • A writing sample of about 300 words (this can be digital writing but doesn’t need to be)
  • Any particular issues or questions you have for developing this

Rates of pay

$100-$150, depending on length and format


Terms of Publication
Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media and Voiceworks websites, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact Voiceworks Editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

 

Deakin University and Express Media are excited to present The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize. The Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers was started as a joint venture between Scribe Publications and Express Media in 2013, and has since been a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform nonfiction. Deakin University and Express Media are thrilled to continue the legacy of this Prize.

Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction.

In 2019, all shortlisted writers will receive:

  • an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers
  • personalised feedback on their entry from the judges
  • a generous selection of new-release books from publishers including: NewSouth Publishing, Black Inc and Scribe Publications

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $3000
  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work from Managing Editor at Black Inc and Express Media Board Member Julia Carlomagno

The shortlist and Prize winner will be selected by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (Creative Producer, Express Media), Timmah Ball (2016 Westerly Magazine Patricia Hackett Prize Winner), Julia Carlomagno (Managing Editor, Black Inc), Maddee Clark (2018 Un Magazine‘s Co-editor), and Briohny Doyle (Lecturer in Creative Practice, Writing and Literature, Deakin University).

Writers will also have the chance to ask their burning questions about the prize, and seek advice on what the judges are looking for during a live Q&A on Thursday 1st August at 6pm.

Past winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to sign their debut works as a direct result of the prize: Briohny Doyle (Adult Fantasy, May 2017), Oliver Mol (Lion Attack!, May 2015), Patrick Mullins (A Liberal View, forthcoming 2018), Drew Rooke (The Final Spin, forthcoming May 2018), and Lech Blaine (Car Crash forthcoming late 2018). The 2014 winner, Robbie Arnott, has received critical acclaim for his work, and was awarded The 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers Fellowship.

Entries close 11.59pm Sunday 1 September.

The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize is presented in partnership with Express Media and Word For Word National Non-Fiction Festival.

 

Submission Guidelines

  1. Entries open at 5pm Monday 27 May.
  2. Entries will be accepted in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction.
  3. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. They may be excerpted from a longer work but should preferably also function as stand-alone pieces.
  4. The entry must be an original work by the entrant and written in English.
  5. Entrants must be 30 years of age or under as of the closing date (Sunday September 1, 2019), and be residents of Australia.
  6. Both previously unpublished writers and writers who have had a work published with a commercial or not-for-profit publishing house are eligible.
  7. Entries must be neatly typed and double-spaced. Please do not include your name anywhere on the submission.
  8. Entrants must submit their entries by using the online entry form. Complete one form per entry. Entries submitted without the completed entry form will not be processed.
  9. There is a maximum of two entries per individual.
  10. Entries must be received by 11.59pm. (AEDT) on Sunday 1 September; late entries will not be accepted. Express Media takes no responsibility for lost or delayed entries.


Terms and Conditions

  1. The submission guidelines form part of the terms and conditions.
  2. No more than 10 percent of the entry material may have been previously published (in print or electronic form) on a commercial basis.
  3. While previously published authors are eligible, the entry material must not be under consideration with any other publisher (excluding prizes in which a publisher is co-sponsor). Entrants must notify Express Media immediately if their entry ceases to be eligible.
  4. While the entrant may submit the work in other prizes, the entry material must not have previously been awarded first place in any other prize. If, during the judging process of the Deakin University Nonfiction Prize, the entry material wins another prize, the entrant must notify Express Media, as their entry ceases to be eligible.
  5. Entrants warrant that their submission is their own original work; that they are the sole author and owner of the copyright in the entry; that the material has not been previously licensed for exclusive use in any form in any territory; that the material does not infringe any existing copyright or licence or any other third-party rights; that the material does not contain any material in breach of official secrets, confidentiality obligations or any other laws; and that all statements in the entry purporting to be facts are true.
  6. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media or continuing staff at Deakin University are ineligible to enter.
  7. An announcement of shortlisted entries will be made on the Express Media and Deakin University websites and in associated media, and shortlisted entrants will be notified by 5pm by Friday 4 October.
  8. Shortlisted entrants agree to take part in events and media activities to promote the Prize. If your entry is shortlisted, you grant Express Media and Deakin University permission to use part of your entry for the purpose of promoting you as a shortlisted entrant.
  9. Shortlisted entrants will receive personalised feedback from the competition judges once the winner is announced. This feedback may be written or oral.
  10. The winner may be notified in strict confidence during October, but must agree to keep this news confidential until the announcement of the winning entry on Friday 15 November.
  11. The judges have the discretion to divide the prize equally between authors of entries they consider to be of equal merit, should the situation arise. In this instance, an editorial mentorship will be awarded to both winners. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The judges may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.
  13. The 10 hours of editorial time must be completed within 12 months of the awarding of the prize. The meeting with the editor or publisher may occur at a location in Melbourne, or via phone or Skype, depending on the winner’s preference and location.


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