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. 
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.

 only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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

Visual art submissions include comics, illustrations, drawings, graphics, photography, etc. We also accept pitches for comics, the guidelines for which are all detailed here

Please send no more than three pieces. 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.

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.


Sunday the 23rd of October


#106 'Motive' (Summer 2016)

Your life does not occur in a linear trajectory. As cold as paper drying. The web you’ve strung up is dripping with mystery and they can’t understand you yet, but give it time. Running. You’re running and you can’t remember why. Maybe that is okay. Why did you do it? What actually happened?

‘Well it’s your choice, babe,’ he says, and right now you don’t know what the best decision is. Your car is purring behind you and you try to jump in, to keep up with the times. Don’t let the momentum stop. Drive to the ocean. The water will envelope you, kneed you, tangle you into a world of mistimed judgement. The beach will rough you up, maybe. You’ll come up for air and go back to your home; you’re ready to start again. You are a kind of inertia.

Zealous crowds gather. The city is teeming with people who hang on your every word. You’ll move them to act, feel, think, do. Your motive is their motive.

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.