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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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

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! Pitches may be submitted as Word documents or PDFs, or as ZIP files if they contain multiple elements.

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.


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 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 Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

 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 28th of April, 11:59pm

Theme: Slug The Romans defeated us but we were reborn: in cathedrals and Romantic poetry, in Bauhaus and Lestat, in teenagers heavy with black lipstick and eyeliner. If you made potions in the sandpit, grated acorns against concrete, pried itchybombs for their fluff, you may be one of us. Emos are welcome, Emotions are welcome, Emojis are welcome. Pack your Emily the Strange bag with your Vantablack dress: visual absence grown on silvery light. Fly with fruit bats. Run with Health Goths. An exercise in aesthetics, or an aesthetics in exercise? Sweating up patches where the black gets blacker. Let’s have a Goth wedding in a graveyard, pour witches’ salt around us for protection. Let’s honeymoon by the Black Sea, or the Black Forest if you don’t like sand. Let’s make eye contact in the gloaming. Let’s open the circle. Let’s survive the hungry sea of white noise. The beauty of darkness outlasts all; when the sun explodes into splinters there will be eternal night. Until then, let’s practice.

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Vince Ruston for the blurb~

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 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 us.
 

Named after and supported by international best-selling author John Marsden, sponsored by Hachette Australia and administered by Express Media, The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open to Australian secondary schools students in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
The prize is judged by John Marsden, alongside representatives from Hachette Australia and Express Media.
Fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to meet John Marsden and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop.
Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia.
The prize will be announced and presented in a special event at the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival.


COMPETITION GUIDELINES
How to Enter
1.        All entries must be received by 11.59pm, Sunday 30 June 2019
2.       One entry may be submitted, per category, with a maximum of 2 entries across the 3 categories
3.       Each entry must be submitted via the submissions portal, with one entry per submission form. DO NOT put multiple submissions in one word or PDF document
4.       Submissions of fiction or nonfiction may be up to 3,000 words in length
5.       Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length
6.       All entries must be typed and double-spaced
7.       Submittable accounts must be created in the entrant’s own name and list the entrant's contact details


Conditions of Entry
1.        Entries must be original works, written entirely by the entrant, and must not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright or intellectual property rights

 2.       Entries must not, either wholly or partly, have previously been published in print or online (with the exception of an entrant’s personal blog or website)

 3.       The name of the entrant should not be included anywhere on the submission; it should only be entered in the submission form
4.       All members currently serving on the Express Media board; and/or all paid, permanent staff of Express Media, are ineligible to enter
5.   Entries are only accepted from secondary school aged students (between the ages of 12 and 18 inclusive) 

 6.       Entrants under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent/guardian/teacher to enter the prize

 7.       While entries are accepted from Candlebark and Alice Miller schools (where John Marsden is Principal), an entry may not have been read by John Marsden prior to its submission.



Express Media and Hachette Australia each reserve the right not to consider a submission if the conditions of entry above are not complied with.
Note: Entrants must acknowledge and agree to these terms upon submission. Parent/guardian/teacher of the entrant must confirm permission for entry upon submission.


Consideration of Submissions
1.       The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process
2.       Only shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on entries


PRIZE DETAILS
Shortlisted writers from each prize category receive:
●      Feedback on their writing from Hachette Australia and Express Media judges
●      An invitation to meet John Marsden over lunch hosted by Hachette Australia and Express Media
●      An invitation to take part in an exclusive writing masterclass
●      An invitation to attend a premiere event as a guest of the Melbourne Writers Festival
The first place winner of each prize category receives the above, plus:
●      A $500 cash prize
●      Up to $500 travel reimbursement to attend the winners’ announcement event
●      A book pack of selected works from Hachette Australia’s young adult publications
●      Publication on the Express Media website
●      Winner names and an acknowledgement will be printed in Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal 


For more information please email Rafael at education@expressmedia.org.au

Express Media