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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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

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 via the Voiceworks Online Pitches form.


Those seeking to submit work to the print magazine, please see the separate submission categories. 

 

To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish on Voiceworks Online, check out our published pieces on the website and also our 'Guide to Digital Writing'.

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 Voiceworks Editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

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 at editor@expressmedia.org.au.
    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 writers living in Australia or Australian writers living overseas.
   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),

 

  • Send no more than two nonfiction pieces (including pitches and completed pieces) 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 completed nonfiction, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories

  
Deadline: Sunday January 12th, 11:59pm AEDT
 Theme: As If!
Start with the letter ‘o’, the shape of your mouth moving and how it melts in the sun. Is it silence or breath because you don’t want to give it a name? The land caves in and your hand feels like forgiveness, or maybe it’s paprika and cut grass. If you fill the cracks with icing and then lick them clean, is it desire for delusion or something simply other? Tell me how far I have to wound to keep the windows flashing, how far until they merge into one? Someone is catching the sands and counting, somewhere a castle is built. She thumps and she yawns and she’s your cat cutting love into sliced apples where the seeds spill your name. You hear the whistle of the train at the station, weaving the whispers behind. It begins like this: the floors keep talking and they’re telling you NEVER AGAIN.

     ~Thanks to EdCommers Sanna Wei and Wen-Juenn Lee for the blurb~
 
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 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.


Subscribe
To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish in the magazine, and to help us continue to support young writers, you can subscribe* to Voiceworks here.


*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

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 at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

  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 writers living in Australia or Australian writers living overseas.
   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 January 12th 11:59pm AEST
 
Theme: As If!
Start with the letter ‘o’, the shape of your mouth moving and how it melts in the sun. Is it silence or breath because you don’t want to give it a name? The land caves in and your hand feels like forgiveness, or maybe it’s paprika and cut grass. If you fill the cracks with icing and then lick them clean, is it desire for delusion or something simply other? Tell me how far I have to wound to keep the windows flashing, how far until they merge into one? Someone is catching the sands and counting, somewhere a castle is built. She thumps and she yawns and she’s your cat cutting love into sliced apples where the seeds spill your name. You hear the whistle of the train at the station, weaving the whispers behind. It begins like this: the floors keep talking and they’re telling you NEVER AGAIN.

     ~Thanks to EdCommers Sanna Wei and Wen-Juenn Lee for the blurb~

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 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.


Subscribe
To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish in the magazine, and to help us continue to support young writers, you can subscribe* to Voiceworks here.


*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

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 at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

   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 writers living in Australia or Australian writers living overseas.
   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?
  • 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: Monday January 6th 11:59pm AEST


Theme: As If!
Start with the letter ‘o’, the shape of your mouth moving and how it melts in the sun. Is it silence or breath because you don’t want to give it a name? The land caves in and your hand feels like forgiveness, or maybe it’s paprika and cut grass. If you fill the cracks with icing and then lick them clean, is it desire for delusion or something simply other? Tell me how far I have to wound to keep the windows flashing, how far until they merge into one? Someone is catching the sands and counting, somewhere a castle is built. She thumps and she yawns and she’s your cat cutting love into sliced apples where the seeds spill your name. You hear the whistle of the train at the station, weaving the whispers behind. It begins like this: the floors keep talking and they’re telling you NEVER AGAIN.

     ~Thanks to EdCommers Sanna Wei and Wen-Juenn Lee for the blurb~

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 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.


Subscribe
To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish in the magazine, and to help us continue to support young writers, you can subscribe* to Voiceworks here.


*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

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 at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

 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 writers living in Australia or Australian writers living overseas.
   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 January 12th 11:59pm AEST
Theme: As If!
Start with the letter ‘o’, the shape of your mouth moving and how it melts in the sun. Is it silence or breath because you don’t want to give it a name? The land caves in and your hand feels like forgiveness, or maybe it’s paprika and cut grass. If you fill the cracks with icing and then lick them clean, is it desire for delusion or something simply other? Tell me how far I have to wound to keep the windows flashing, how far until they merge into one? Someone is catching the sands and counting, somewhere a castle is built. She thumps and she yawns and she’s your cat cutting love into sliced apples where the seeds spill your name. You hear the whistle of the train at the station, weaving the whispers behind. It begins like this: the floors keep talking and they’re telling you NEVER AGAIN.

     ~Thanks to EdCommers Sanna Wei and Wen-Juenn Lee for the blurb~

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 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.


Subscribe
To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish in the magazine, and to help us continue to support young writers, you can subscribe* to Voiceworks here.


*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

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 at editor@expressmedia.org.au.
     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 writers living in Australia or Australian writers living overseas.
   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.

Visual Art and Comics Guidelines

 

  • Visual art submissions include comics, illustrations, drawings, graphics, 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 duotone (two colours) and our page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. Please supply your images in greyscale, 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 February 2nd 11:59pm AEST
Theme: As If!
Start with the letter ‘o’, the shape of your mouth moving and how it melts in the sun. Is it silence or breath because you don’t want to give it a name? The land caves in and your hand feels like forgiveness, or maybe it’s paprika and cut grass. If you fill the cracks with icing and then lick them clean, is it desire for delusion or something simply other? Tell me how far I have to wound to keep the windows flashing, how far until they merge into one? Someone is catching the sands and counting, somewhere a castle is built. She thumps and she yawns and she’s your cat cutting love into sliced apples where the seeds spill your name. You hear the whistle of the train at the station, weaving the whispers behind. It begins like this: the floors keep talking and they’re telling you NEVER AGAIN.

     ~Thanks to EdCommers Sanna Wei and Wen-Juenn Lee for the blurb~

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 for a single published piece or $150 for a multi-page suite/comic


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.


Subscribe
To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish in the magazine, and to help us continue to support young writers, you can subscribe* to Voiceworks here.


*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

About The Kat Muscat Fellowship

With the generous support of the Muscat family and the broader community, Express Media is honoured to present the 2020 Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and development for a young writer or editor.
Kat Muscat was a brilliant young mind of the Australian writing community, whose formidable talent was demonstrated extensively through her incisive writing and perceptive editing. Kat was an integral part of the Express Media community for many years, before stepping up to become Editor of Voiceworks from 2012 – 2014. Throughout her 10 years with Express Media, Kat helped to shape the careers of young writers and editors from all around Australia.

Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of defiance, feminism and empathy, and the recipient of the Fellowship will take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person of an underrepresented gender. The work must respond to the above values and provocation, continuing Kat’s legacy and further developing the future of defiant and empathetic young Australian writers and editors.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a person with an underrepresented gender or sex. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, intersex people, gender diverse and those who are otherwise marginalised.
  • Be aged 16 to 30 at the commencement of the fellowship on 1 March 2020
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’, and the values of Express Media and The Kat Muscat Fellowship.


What Can I Apply For?
The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 in 2020. These funds may be used towards professional development opportunities, including, but not limited to: mentoring, residencies, interstate travel, or project fees.

The final budget will be developed in consultation with, and managed by, Express Media.  


Selection Criteria
These must be directly addressed in your application

Vision: What is your idea and proposed project?

Impact: What impact will the Kat Muscat Fellowship have on your artistic practice and career, and what is the potential impact of your project on the wider community?

Capacity: What relevant experience or track record have you demonstrated, or how can you outline your personal and creative potential to make this project happen?

Feasibility: How will you realise or execute your proposed project, and is it achievable within the budget and timeframe of the Fellowship? Please include a brief budget to indicate how the funds will be used and if you have secured other funding for this project. If you would like a budget template to include in your application please contact Express Media. 

The Custodial Committee of The Kat Muscat Legacy Projects, which includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and appointed community members, will select successful applications.

Reporting
At the completion of the fellowship, the successful applicant will be required to provide a report on the activity undertaken throughout the year.

This report will be retained for Express Media and the Muscat family for their records and may be used to promote the Fellowship in future years. Guidelines for reporting will be provided to the fellowship recipient by Express Media.


How To Apply
Applications will only be accepted from individual writer and editors, not collectives, groups or existing publications.

Your application must include: 

  1.  A 1-page CV outlining your previous experience as a writer or editor. This CV must include the names and contact details of at least 2 referees. 
  2. A statement detailing your project or idea that addresses each of the Selection Criteria, to a maximum of 2 pages. You must address each criterion under a separate heading.
  3. An excerpt or example of your work up to 1000 words.  
  • For writers, this may be an excerpt from a longer work, a completed short work, or a suite of poems.
  • For editors, this may include an editorial, statement of intent for the project, or example of work that demonstrates your skills in curation, assessment, and feedback (i.e. the before and after of an edited work).

Your application may also include up to 3 letters of support from peers, colleagues or other professionals of standing that, if relevant, demonstrate how the supporter would be involved in your project.


 Applications close  11.59pm Sunday 19 January 2020.


Terms and Conditions
 

  1.  Applications close 11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 19 January 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
  2. Applicants are limited to one submission per year.
  3. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media are ineligible to enter.
  4. The committee is evolving and so is the language we use for the fellowship. In regards to gender eligibility for this fellowship, if you feel this should include you but doesn’t, please get in touch.
  5. Submissions will be acknowledged by email on receipt.
  6. Application materials will not be returned.
  7. Express Media may contact you for further information in relation to your application and project proposal.
  8. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by Friday 21 February 2020.
  9. The successful applicant will work with Express Media and the Custodial Committee to shape and deliver the development plan for their fellowship, beginning in March 2020.
  10. Any re-negotiation of activity to be undertaken as part of the Fellowship will be agreed to in consultation with Express Media and the Custodial Committee.
  11. The successful applicant will be required to provide a short report on the activities undertaken during the fellowship no later than once month after the completion of the fellowship. They will also be required to provide a very short progress report in October 2020. Guidelines for these reports will be provided by Express Media.
  12. The successful applicant will acknowledge the support of The Kat Muscat Fellowship in future publication or dissemination of the work developed throughout the fellowship.
  13. An extract of the applicant’s work or a section of their final report may be published on the Express Media blog.
  14. The successful applicant agrees to take part in events and media activities that promote the Fellowship and future fundraising activities.
  15. The Custodial Committee may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.

Further Information
Do you have a question regarding your application? Please contact Express Media’s Creative Producer, Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, by email on creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au or by phone 03 9094 7887.

Express Media