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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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


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#110 'Immunity' (Summer 2017/18)

Lie awake, sweating in your bed, building up a memory in your bones. Feel fragile and you are, but hopefully this antigen will denature before you do. Wish you had a pill to fix this, but you don't want to encourage antibiotic resistance. Although you're resistant too, to the hype. You’re not a sheep person, you’re a cow person. Look at the blisters on your hands, you’ll never get smallpox. You were dipped headfirst into the Styx, that dry heel your only vulnerability. So lather on the minty cream you got for Christmas years ago. Build up the layers. Build up the wall, and hurry, because you’ve only got forty-five minutes to bungee jump off it and rescue your ingredients from the jaws of a tiger. To serve your steak medium-rare and convince them that you are in love. You’ve got real talent. They can’t send you home. They tried to once but you bleached your clothes, struck a deal, promised testimony and evidence. The cameras flashed as you left the courtroom, free, exposed to the blinding sun.    

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Grace Finlayson 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 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.