Submission Guidelines

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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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 1st of April, 11:59pm

Theme

#112 'Drag' (Winter 2018)

Has it been five minutes or five hours? A girl’s blanket hangs by her side as she walks, crusted with twigs and false eyelashes. She’s bored, boring, weighed down by mouldable clay. Saves her life on files, drops them onto a blue encrypted document. Has it been five minutes or five hours since she heard anyone? The clock has barely moved but it feels like forever. A lazy finger traces a path across the top of a cake. Purple icing smudged like Elmer’s glue stick wiped across eyebrows. The cat door swings open and the cat walks in, but what’s it got in its mouth? In the distance, the sound of a herd of wild horses. A cigarette burns, not a person in sight. A knife-sharp contoured cheek. A mink coat. A spotlight. A black and white checked flag waving. Almost time now. 3. 2. 1. Go!

~Thanks to EdCommers Clare Millar and Mira Schlosberg 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 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

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 1st of April, 11:59pm

Theme

#112 'Drag' (Winter 2018)

Has it been five minutes or five hours? A girl’s blanket hangs by her side as she walks, crusted with twigs and false eyelashes. She’s bored, boring, weighed down by mouldable clay. Saves her life on files, drops them onto a blue encrypted document. Has it been five minutes or five hours since she heard anyone? The clock has barely moved but it feels like forever. A lazy finger traces a path across the top of a cake. Purple icing smudged like Elmer’s glue stick wiped across eyebrows. The cat door swings open and the cat walks in, but what’s it got in its mouth? In the distance, the sound of a herd of wild horses. A cigarette burns, not a person in sight. A knife-sharp contoured cheek. A mink coat. A spotlight. A black and white checked flag waving. Almost time now. 3. 2. 1. Go!

~Thanks to EdCommers Clare Millar and Mira Schlosberg 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 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

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?
  • 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 18th of March, 11:59pm

Theme

#112 'Drag' (Winter 2018)

Has it been five minutes or five hours? A girl’s blanket hangs by her side as she walks, crusted with twigs and false eyelashes. She’s bored, boring, weighed down by mouldable clay. Saves her life on files, drops them onto a blue encrypted document. Has it been five minutes or five hours since she heard anyone? The clock has barely moved but it feels like forever. A lazy finger traces a path across the top of a cake. Purple icing smudged like Elmer’s glue stick wiped across eyebrows. The cat door swings open and the cat walks in, but what’s it got in its mouth? In the distance, the sound of a herd of wild horses. A cigarette burns, not a person in sight. A knife-sharp contoured cheek. A mink coat. A spotlight. A black and white checked flag waving. Almost time now. 3. 2. 1. Go!

~Thanks to EdCommers Clare Millar and Mira Schlosberg 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 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

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 1st of April, 11:59pm

Theme

#112 'Drag' (Winter 2018)

Has it been five minutes or five hours? A girl’s blanket hangs by her side as she walks, crusted with twigs and false eyelashes. She’s bored, boring, weighed down by mouldable clay. Saves her life on files, drops them onto a blue encrypted document. Has it been five minutes or five hours since she heard anyone? The clock has barely moved but it feels like forever. A lazy finger traces a path across the top of a cake. Purple icing smudged like Elmer’s glue stick wiped across eyebrows. The cat door swings open and the cat walks in, but what’s it got in its mouth? In the distance, the sound of a herd of wild horses. A cigarette burns, not a person in sight. A knife-sharp contoured cheek. A mink coat. A spotlight. A black and white checked flag waving. Almost time now. 3. 2. 1. Go!

~Thanks to EdCommers Clare Millar and Mira Schlosberg 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 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.

Ends in 6 days, 8 hours

Learn about story structure, character, setting and everything in between.

Express Media presents Toolkits: Fiction, a step-by-step online program combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshopping, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new works of fiction.

Over a 12-week intensive, participants will explore storytelling and ethics, learn how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication. Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative and young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course.

In 2018, Toolkits: Fiction will be facilitated by Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year, Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and Pulse Points. Jennifer will facilitate the online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each writer.

Participants will also have the chance to learn from some of the best working writers in the country, with guest artist Claire G. Coleman and others to be announced, presenting online sessions for the next generation of Australian writers.


Tuesday March 20 | Week 1: Start Me Up: Beginnings and Beyond

This week, we look at structure in fiction, starting from the top. What makes a successful beginning to a novel or story? Where do ideas come from? How does research work if you’re writing fiction? What do we mean when we talk about the writing process—and how do you work out what yours is?

Tuesday April 3 | Week 2: Just a phrase: Description and style

It’s time to put your paragraphs under the microscope. In Week 2, we get to the nitty-gritty of sentences. What makes good (and bad) descriptive writing? What do we mean when we talk about ‘tone’ and ‘style’?

Tuesday April 17 | Week 3: Cult of personality: writing authentic characters

For some of us, character-writing comes naturally. For others, it’s one of the trickiest parts of the gig. This week, we discuss strategies for writing believable, fleshed-out characters that stay with you long after the story ends.

Tuesday May 1 | Week 4: Hearing voices: Dialogue, point-of-view and perspective

Emerging writers are often told to ‘find their voice’. But what does that actually mean? This week we talk about what it means to craft a convincing narrative voice, and consider perspective in fiction. We’ll also discuss writing authentic dialogue, and ethics in storytelling.

Tuesday May 15 | Week 5: Across the universe:  World-building, setting and identity

This week, author, essayist and Black&Write Indigenous Writing Fellow Claire G Coleman joins us to talk about world-building, environment and relationship to place in fiction. How does setting inform a narrative—and its characters? What role does climate and environment have in storytelling? How can we bring a place to life, even it it’s imaginary?

Tuesday May 29 | Week 6: Polishing, editing and submitting your work

The final week of Toolkits will prepare participants to polish their own writing and ready it for submission—and beyond.

Now you’ve drafted your masterpiece, how can you polish it to make it the best it can be? Where should you send it? What are some pro-tips for submitting? How much What’s it like to be edited? We’ll hash out these questions and plenty more.


Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you're not already a member, you can sign up here.

Express Media is committed to access, so if you would like to sign up and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us via info@expressmedia.org.au to be awarded one of our sponsored memberships.

Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Express Media’s Creative Producer at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.

Applications are now open and close 11:59pm AEST Thursday 1st March, 2018.

Ends in 6 days, 8 hours

Spanning a range of forms, nonfiction can be broad and unwieldy. 

Express Media presents Toolkits: Nonfiction, a step-by-step online program combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshopping, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new works of nonfiction.

Over a 12-week intensive, participants will explore storytelling and ethics, unpack the fundamentals of good nonfiction storytelling, and focus on developing their work from conception to first longform-draft while exploring nonfiction forms, the ethics of representing real-life characters, and how to communicate your work to publishers. Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative and young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course.

In 2018, Toolkits: Nonfiction will be facilitated by award-winning nonfiction writer, Tom Doig. Tom will facilitate the programs online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each young writer.


Wednesday March 21 | Week 1: What The Heck is Nonfiction?

From memoir and oral history to literary journalism and creative nonfiction, narrative nonfiction takes many diverse forms. We focus on what makes each style of nonfiction unique, and how to approach them to tell your story.

Wednesday April 4 | Week 2: Writing The World Around You

What story do you want to tell? How can you tell it best? This week, we explore writing from personal experience and the world, events, and people around you.

Wednesday April 18 | Week 3: Writing from Within: Writing Memoir with Fiona Wright

How should you represent events and experiences from your own life? Does writing memoir have to be exposing? Join award-winning writer, poet, editor and critic Fiona Wright to explore writing from real life.

Wednesday May 2 | Week 4: Lawsuits and Damaged Lives: Ethics and Nonfiction

From writing about unethical corporations and strangers, through to family and friends, and vulnerable communities, how to you navigate the ethics of nonfiction? This week we explore the line between truth, hurt, and the (un)reliability of memory and other sources. 

Wednesday May 16 | Week 5: Literary Journalism with Royce Kurmelovs

How do you know if an event is worth researching and developing into an extended narrative? How do you balance the aesthetic possibilities of literature with the factual demands of journalism ? Join internationally acclaimed journalist and author Royce Kurmelovs to learn about writing compelling literary journalism.

Wednesday May 30 | Week 6: Preparing Your Work for Publication

When is your work ready for an audience, and how do you find the best home for it? This week, we look at the steps you take to publication, from pitching, drafting and redrafting, editing through to preparing a project proposal.


Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you're not already a member, you can sign up here.

Express Media is committed to access, so if you would like to sign up and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us via info@expressmedia.org.au to be awarded one of our sponsored memberships.

Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Express Media’s Creative Producer at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.

Applications are now open and close 11:59pm AEST Thursday 1st March, 2018.

Voiceworks is looking for an intern (aged 18-24with administration experience and a passion for words to join our team. We’re keen to hear from people who are familiar with Voiceworks and have an interest in the processes behind getting a literary journal to print.

About Express Media and Voiceworks

Express Media is a national, not-for-profit organisation that provides development opportunities to young people in the literary arts. 

Express Media’s flagship publication is Voiceworks, a national, quarterly literary journal featuring exciting new short stories, poetry, nonfiction, comics and art by Australians under the age of 25. Voiceworks is written, edited and produced entirely by young people, and prides itself on providing writers with feedback on their work, whether it is published or not. Further information can be found at the Voiceworks website here and the Express Media website here.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the processing of Voiceworks submissions, including entering contributor details from Submittable into a Microsoft Excel database and filing and printing submissions
  • Undertake administrative tasks, including mail, phone calls, word processing and spreadsheet tasks
  • Communicate with Voiceworks contributors via email and respond to enquiries
  • Liaising with stockists and advertisers under instruction from CEO
  • Other tasks and duties as directed by the Voiceworks Editor

Conditions

  • The position is for the equivalent of one day per week, 10am-3.30pm, with actual days to be negotiated.
  • The position is voluntary and may fit with the internship project requirements of arts management, editing and publishing, communications or professional writing students.
  • The Voiceworks Administration Intern reports to the Voiceworks Editor
  • The position is located at the Express Media office, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • The intern is covered by appropriate insurance while working at Express Media, and is provided with a workstation and a friendly working environment

Selection Criteria

  • A sound understanding of Express Media and Voiceworks and a commitment to their values
  • A demonstrable commitment to a career in arts administration, communications, professional writing and editing or a related area
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • The ability to respond to direction, and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in administration
  • Experience in word processing, spreadsheets, email and internet applications, and a familiarity with database software

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • Your covering letter
  • Your statement addressing each of the selection criteria (2-page maximum)
  • Your current CV (including your age and 2 references)

Combine them in one document (word or PDF) saved as your last name.

For further information please email Voiceworks Editor Lucy Adams at editor@expressmedia.or.au.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Monday, March 12, and the successful candidate is expected to begin in the role in early April.