Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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.

Nonfiction Guidelines

We recommend that you pitch your nonfiction work before sending it to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, and write good nonfiction in general, check out our handy nonfiction guide here. Send no more than two nonfiction pieces (including pitches), each no more than 3000 words. If you are submitting two completed nonfiction pieces, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second completed nonfiction submission.

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

Those seeking to submit nonfiction pitches, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 2nd of April, 11:59pm

Theme

#108 'Retrograde' (Winter 2017)

Mercury is in retrograde and so is the (dis)united state of the world. Billions of people have a vivid episode of déjà vu in unison. Weren't you at this same protest yesterday, and the day before? Your clothes nod to prior decades but your grandmother still doesn't approve. You think you're turning into your mother and into a child at the same time. Your laptop crashed and deleted a story you were almost finished working on. Your phone has stopped sending and receiving messages. Communication seems impossible. Your dog is upset with you and you can't figure out why. You take her outside for a walk and you could have sworn you were going forwards, but the trees are shrinking into the horizon and only the buildings get larger. All the frogs are growing tails and turning black, and your breakfast burrito is travelling upwards along your oesophagus. Time is warped. History is spiralling back on itself. You're having a nightmare about an orange demon and you can't wake up. Your horoscope says better just to stay in bed this week.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

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 website, 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 us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

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.

Fiction Guidelines

Send no more than two fiction pieces, each no more than 3000 words. If you are submitting two stories, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second fiction submission.

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

Those seeking to submit nonfiction, poetry or visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 2nd of April, 11:59pm

Theme

#108 'Retrograde' (Winter 2017)

Mercury is in retrograde and so is the (dis)united state of the world. Billions of people have a vivid episode of déjà vu in unison. Weren't you at this same protest yesterday, and the day before? Your clothes nod to prior decades but your grandmother still doesn't approve. You think you're turning into your mother and into a child at the same time. Your laptop crashed and deleted a story you were almost finished working on. Your phone has stopped sending and receiving messages. Communication seems impossible. Your dog is upset with you and you can't figure out why. You take her outside for a walk and you could have sworn you were going forwards, but the trees are shrinking into the horizon and only the buildings get larger. All the frogs are growing tails and turning black, and your breakfast burrito is travelling upwards along your oesophagus. Time is warped. History is spiralling back on itself. You're having a nightmare about an orange demon and you can't wake up. Your horoscope says better just to stay in bed this week.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

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 website, 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 us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

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.

Poetry Guidelines

Please send no more than three poems, each no more than 100 lines in total, and combine all poems into one document. Check out some tips for strengthening your poetry submission here.

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

Those seeking to submit fiction, nonfiction and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 2nd of April, 11:59pm

Theme

#107 'Retrograde' (Winter 2017)

Mercury is in retrograde and so is the (dis)united state of the world. Billions of people have a vivid episode of déjà vu in unison. Weren't you at this same protest yesterday, and the day before? Your clothes nod to prior decades but your grandmother still doesn't approve. You think you're turning into your mother and into a child at the same time. Your laptop crashed and deleted a story you were almost finished working on. Your phone has stopped sending and receiving messages. Communication seems impossible. Your dog is upset with you and you can't figure out why. You take her outside for a walk and you could have sworn you were going forwards, but the trees are shrinking into the horizon and only the buildings get larger. All the frogs are growing tails and turning black, and your breakfast burrito is travelling upwards along your oesophagus. Time is warped. History is spiralling back on itself. You're having a nightmare about an orange demon and you can't wake up. Your horoscope says better just to stay in bed this week.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 per published piece.

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 website, 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 us.

What we're looking for

We are looking for longform fiction works between 7,000 and 10,000 words

We are open to self-contained works to be published in a single issue, as well as episodic stories suited to serialised publication across multiple issues. We encourage submissions of various fiction styles, be that ‘literary’, genre (sci-fi, mystery, historical, etc.), and work that blurs the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction. We will, naturally, smile upon funny writing, and work that experiments with style and form.

We are not looking for fanfiction, hard-boiled crime, romance, screenplays, play scripts or children’s literature.

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Those seeking to submit stories shorter than 3000 words, nonfiction, poetry or visual art, please see the separate submission categories. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

Submission guidelines

—We will accept work between 7,000 and 10,000 words.

—We are only able to publish writers 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.

—We will accept work simultaneously submitted to prizes or other publications, so long as you contact us as soon as possible if your work is shortlisted on editor@expressmedia.org.au.

—We will accept no more than two submissions per person.

Deadline

Sunday the 14th of May, 11:59pm

Rates of pay

$300 per published piece.

Editing and feedback

As always, submissions will be read blindly by our editorial committee, and published submissions will go through a rigorous, collaborative editing process. The number we publish, be that a bunch or none, will all depend on the work submitted.

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can. If you think something has gone wrong, or you haven’t heard back from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on longform fiction submissions. For those who are unfamiliar with Voiceworks, we provide individualised feedback on all unsuccessful submissions to the quarterly journal. This work is done by a bunch of volunteers, whose evenings and weekends are already filled to the brim with providing support to the hundreds of writers who submit work each issue. If you’re keen to get some feedback on your writing, then you should totally submit (shorter) work to our upcoming issue. Further details can be found on our Contribute page.

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 website, 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 us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks Editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. 
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). 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.

Visual art submissions include comics, illustrations, drawings, graphics, photography, etc. We recommend that you pitch your comics before sending them to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, check out our handy guide here

We print in black-and-white (greyscale) and our page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. Please supply your images at actual size and 300dpi. Please name your files—strings of numbers and letters are easily confused with other submissions.

Please send no more than three pieces. If you are submitting more than one piece, please upload them all in this submission, rather than creating a second visual art submission.

We will notify you as soon as we can with news on whether your submission has been accepted. Voiceworks is largely run by a team of volunteers, 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.

Deadline

Sunday the 30th of April, 11:59pm

Theme

#108: ‘Retrograde’ (Winter 2017)

Mercury is in retrograde and so is the (dis)united state of the world. Billions of people have a vivid episode of déjà vu in unison. Weren't you at this same protest yesterday, and the day before? Your clothes nod to prior decades but your grandmother still doesn't approve. You think you're turning into your mother and into a child at the same time. Your laptop crashed and deleted a story you were almost finished working on. Your phone has stopped sending and receiving messages. Communication seems impossible. Your dog is upset with you and you can't figure out why. You take her outside for a walk and you could have sworn you were going forwards, but the trees are shrinking into the horizon and only the buildings get larger. All the frogs are growing tails and turning black, and your breakfast burrito is travelling upwards along your oesophagus. Time is warped. History is spiraling back on itself. You're having a nightmare about an orange demon and you can't wake up. Your horoscope says better just to stay in bed this week.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good work. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 for a single published piece or $150 for a multi-page suite.

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 website, 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 us.