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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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

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.

Pitching to Voiceworks

Before submitting your pitch/es, we strongly recommend reading our nonfiction guide here, which has advice on what we look for in nonfiction submissions and how to write good nonfiction in general. Here's the bit on how to construct your pitch:

The best pitches include detail! Clearly lay out your angle and argument, and provide specific examples of the research and anecdotes you’ll draw upon. Submit a document addressing the questions below, along with a 300-word sample from the start of the piece if you have one.

  • What is your key point or argument?
  • What is your particular angle to take?
  • What is the logical and structural progression of your piece?
  • Why are you the person to write this piece? Personal experience, willingness to research, etc.
  • If you need evidence, where did you get it from? What research have you conducted?
  • Why Voiceworks?
  • How long is the piece going to be?

If your pitch is selected

If we think the work you pitched would be a good fit for Voiceworks, we will (ideally) get in touch around two weeks after the pitch deadline. We’ll provide advice and direction on how to approach the piece, and request a full draft to be submitted around three weeks later. This isn’t very much time! Because of the tight turnaround, we prefer pitches that demonstrate some prior research, preparation and thought, so that you’re not scrambling to research and write an entire piece from scratch in a matter of weeks.

Just to be clear, the full drafts we request are not guaranteed publication, but responding to our suggestions early on gives your piece the best possible chance. 

Nonfiction Guidelines

Send no more than two nonfiction pieces (including pitches and completed pieces). If you are submitting two pitches, please upload them both in this submission, rather than creating a second pitch 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 completed nonfiction, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 19th of March, 11:59pm

Theme

#108 'Retrograde' (Winter)

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 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.