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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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
  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 the 23rd of June, 11:59pm AEDT

Theme: Pluto
I stole my name from the Underworld. And then an orange cartoon dog stole it from me. A very petty type of karma. I have been plutoed to numbers, 134340. They tick through your mind and dissolve. Maybe I should become an astronaut, a cosmically hot astronaut. Like George Clooney and Sandra Bullock at the same time in one body. This heart of mine is shaping me from the inside out, suspended 2.48 inches outside my chest, gravity not skin. Searching for a place to land, unsure what landing will mean. It’s all given in coordinates; but it’s just breath: blue, bleeding: atmosphere, heart: ice. It pools in my outside heart and spills out of me, blows my top. An elliptical optical illusion, like how the moon is actually just cashews and vinegar and something else. Garlic, I think. It, probably, has a crush on me? Big rocks in space don’t have hands to hold, but we’ll figure something out. I’m getting a little dizzy, who knew there would be turbulence in space. It feels like a ferry trapped in wild waters, 6.4 metres from shore, the water will soon fall apart and away, not like a waterfall, more like an avalanche. Like the colour around my inside heart, I have found my way back. I start again. It’s always noisy at dusk and dawn.
Planets falling in love, sexy astronauts, explosions. Space is chaotic, time doesn’t exist. tag urself, i’m Pluto.
  ~Thanks to EdCommers LinLi Wan and Catherine Treloar 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.

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 the 23rd of June, 11:59pm AEDT

Theme: Pluto
I stole my name from the Underworld. And then an orange cartoon dog stole it from me. A very petty type of karma. I have been plutoed to numbers, 134340. They tick through your mind and dissolve. Maybe I should become an astronaut, a cosmically hot astronaut. Like George Clooney and Sandra Bullock at the same time in one body. This heart of mine is shaping me from the inside out, suspended 2.48 inches outside my chest, gravity not skin. Searching for a place to land, unsure what landing will mean. It’s all given in coordinates; but it’s just breath: blue, bleeding: atmosphere, heart: ice. It pools in my outside heart and spills out of me, blows my top. An elliptical optical illusion, like how the moon is actually just cashews and vinegar and something else. Garlic, I think. It, probably, has a crush on me? Big rocks in space don’t have hands to hold, but we’ll figure something out. I’m getting a little dizzy, who knew there would be turbulence in space. It feels like a ferry trapped in wild waters, 6.4 metres from shore, the water will soon fall apart and away, not like a waterfall, more like an avalanche. Like the colour around my inside heart, I have found my way back. I start again. It’s always noisy at dusk and dawn.
Planets falling in love, sexy astronauts, explosions. Space is chaotic, time doesn’t exist. tag urself, i’m Pluto.
~Thanks to EdCommers LinLi Wan and Catherine Treloar 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.

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  Sunday the 9th of June, 11:59pm AEDT

Theme: Pluto
I stole my name from the Underworld. And then an orange cartoon dog stole it from me. A very petty type of karma. I have been plutoed to numbers, 134340. They tick through your mind and dissolve. Maybe I should become an astronaut, a cosmically hot astronaut. Like George Clooney and Sandra Bullock at the same time in one body. This heart of mine is shaping me from the inside out, suspended 2.48 inches outside my chest, gravity not skin. Searching for a place to land, unsure what landing will mean. It’s all given in coordinates; but it’s just breath: blue, bleeding: atmosphere, heart: ice. It pools in my outside heart and spills out of me, blows my top. An elliptical optical illusion, like how the moon is actually just cashews and vinegar and something else. Garlic, I think. It, probably, has a crush on me? Big rocks in space don’t have hands to hold, but we’ll figure something out. I’m getting a little dizzy, who knew there would be turbulence in space. It feels like a ferry trapped in wild waters, 6.4 metres from shore, the water will soon fall apart and away, not like a waterfall, more like an avalanche. Like the colour around my inside heart, I have found my way back. I start again. It’s always noisy at dusk and dawn.
Planets falling in love, sexy astronauts, explosions. Space is chaotic, time doesn’t exist. tag urself, i’m Pluto.
 ~Thanks to EdCommers LinLi Wan and Catherine Treloar 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.

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 the 23rd of June, 11:59pm AEDT


Theme: Pluto
I stole my name from the Underworld. And then an orange cartoon dog stole it from me. A very petty type of karma. I have been plutoed to numbers, 134340. They tick through your mind and dissolve. Maybe I should become an astronaut, a cosmically hot astronaut. Like George Clooney and Sandra Bullock at the same time in one body. This heart of mine is shaping me from the inside out, suspended 2.48 inches outside my chest, gravity not skin. Searching for a place to land, unsure what landing will mean. It’s all given in coordinates; but it’s just breath: blue, bleeding: atmosphere, heart: ice. It pools in my outside heart and spills out of me, blows my top. An elliptical optical illusion, like how the moon is actually just cashews and vinegar and something else. Garlic, I think. It, probably, has a crush on me? Big rocks in space don’t have hands to hold, but we’ll figure something out. I’m getting a little dizzy, who knew there would be turbulence in space. It feels like a ferry trapped in wild waters, 6.4 metres from shore, the water will soon fall apart and away, not like a waterfall, more like an avalanche. Like the colour around my inside heart, I have found my way back. I start again. It’s always noisy at dusk and dawn.

Planets falling in love, sexy astronauts, explosions. Space is chaotic, time doesn’t exist. tag urself, i’m Pluto.

~Thanks to EdCommers LinLi Wan and Catherine Treloar 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.

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 the 14th of July, 11:59pm AEDT

Theme: Pluto
I stole my name from the Underworld. And then an orange cartoon dog stole it from me. A very petty type of karma. I have been plutoed to numbers, 134340. They tick through your mind and dissolve. Maybe I should become an astronaut, a cosmically hot astronaut. Like George Clooney and Sandra Bullock at the same time in one body. This heart of mine is shaping me from the inside out, suspended 2.48 inches outside my chest, gravity not skin. Searching for a place to land, unsure what landing will mean. It’s all given in coordinates; but it’s just breath: blue, bleeding: atmosphere, heart: ice. It pools in my outside heart and spills out of me, blows my top. An elliptical optical illusion, like how the moon is actually just cashews and vinegar and something else. Garlic, I think. It, probably, has a crush on me? Big rocks in space don’t have hands to hold, but we’ll figure something out. I’m getting a little dizzy, who knew there would be turbulence in space. It feels like a ferry trapped in wild waters, 6.4 metres from shore, the water will soon fall apart and away, not like a waterfall, more like an avalanche. Like the colour around my inside heart, I have found my way back. I start again. It’s always noisy at dusk and dawn.
Planets falling in love, sexy astronauts, explosions. Space is chaotic, time doesn’t exist. tag urself, i’m Pluto.
   ~Thanks to EdCommers LinLi Wan and Catherine Treloar 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

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 Australian 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

 

Deakin University and Express Media are excited to present The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize. The Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers was started as a joint venture between Scribe Publications and Express Media in 2013, and has since been a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform nonfiction. Deakin University and Express Media are thrilled to continue the legacy of this Prize.

Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction.

In 2019, all shortlisted writers will receive:

  • an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers
  • personalised feedback on their entry from the judges
  • a generous selection of new-release books from publishers including: NewSouth Publishing, Black Inc and Scribe Publications

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $3000
  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work from Managing Editor at Black Inc and Express Media Board Member Julia Carlomagno

The shortlist and Prize winner will be selected by Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (Creative Producer, Express Media), Timmah Ball (2016 Westerly Magazine Patricia Hackett Prize Winner), Julia Carlomagno (Managing Editor, Black Inc), Maddee Clark (2018 Un Magazine‘s Co-editor), and Briohny Doyle (Lecturer in Creative Practice, Writing and Literature, Deakin University).

Writers will also have the chance to ask their burning questions about the prize, and seek advice on what the judges are looking for during a live Q&A on Thursday 1st August at 6pm.

Past winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to sign their debut works as a direct result of the prize: Briohny Doyle (Adult Fantasy, May 2017), Oliver Mol (Lion Attack!, May 2015), Patrick Mullins (A Liberal View, forthcoming 2018), Drew Rooke (The Final Spin, forthcoming May 2018), and Lech Blaine (Car Crash forthcoming late 2018). The 2014 winner, Robbie Arnott, has received critical acclaim for his work, and was awarded The 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers Fellowship.

Entries close 11.59pm Sunday 1 September.

The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize is presented in partnership with Express Media and Word For Word National Non-Fiction Festival.

 

Submission Guidelines

  1. Entries open at 5pm Monday 27 May.
  2. Entries will be accepted in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction.
  3. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. They may be excerpted from a longer work but should preferably also function as stand-alone pieces.
  4. The entry must be an original work by the entrant and written in English.
  5. Entrants must be 30 years of age or under as of the closing date (Sunday September 1, 2019), and be residents of Australia.
  6. Both previously unpublished writers and writers who have had a work published with a commercial or not-for-profit publishing house are eligible.
  7. Entries must be neatly typed and double-spaced. Please do not include your name anywhere on the submission.
  8. Entrants must submit their entries by using the online entry form. Complete one form per entry. Entries submitted without the completed entry form will not be processed.
  9. There is a maximum of two entries per individual.
  10. Entries must be received by 11.59pm. (AEDT) on Sunday 1 September; late entries will not be accepted. Express Media takes no responsibility for lost or delayed entries.


Terms and Conditions

  1. The submission guidelines form part of the terms and conditions.
  2. No more than 10 percent of the entry material may have been previously published (in print or electronic form) on a commercial basis.
  3. While previously published authors are eligible, the entry material must not be under consideration with any other publisher (excluding prizes in which a publisher is co-sponsor). Entrants must notify Express Media immediately if their entry ceases to be eligible.
  4. While the entrant may submit the work in other prizes, the entry material must not have previously been awarded first place in any other prize. If, during the judging process of the Deakin University Nonfiction Prize, the entry material wins another prize, the entrant must notify Express Media, as their entry ceases to be eligible.
  5. Entrants warrant that their submission is their own original work; that they are the sole author and owner of the copyright in the entry; that the material has not been previously licensed for exclusive use in any form in any territory; that the material does not infringe any existing copyright or licence or any other third-party rights; that the material does not contain any material in breach of official secrets, confidentiality obligations or any other laws; and that all statements in the entry purporting to be facts are true.
  6. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media or continuing staff at Deakin University are ineligible to enter.
  7. An announcement of shortlisted entries will be made on the Express Media and Deakin University websites and in associated media, and shortlisted entrants will be notified by 5pm by Friday 4 October.
  8. Shortlisted entrants agree to take part in events and media activities to promote the Prize. If your entry is shortlisted, you grant Express Media and Deakin University permission to use part of your entry for the purpose of promoting you as a shortlisted entrant.
  9. Shortlisted entrants will receive personalised feedback from the competition judges once the winner is announced. This feedback may be written or oral.
  10. The winner may be notified in strict confidence during October, but must agree to keep this news confidential until the announcement of the winning entry on Friday 15 November.
  11. The judges have the discretion to divide the prize equally between authors of entries they consider to be of equal merit, should the situation arise. In this instance, an editorial mentorship will be awarded to both winners. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The judges may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.
  13. The 10 hours of editorial time must be completed within 12 months of the awarding of the prize. The meeting with the editor or publisher may occur at a location in Melbourne, or via phone or Skype, depending on the winner’s preference and location.


 What is digital storytelling? What kinds of meaningful experiences can you create online? And what makes digital storytelling different from other forms of art and writing?

Following the relaunch of Voiceworks Online in October 2018, for the first time in 2019, Express Media presents Toolkits: Digital Storytelling. This online course teaches the forms, skills, and ethics of creating stories for the web and beyond. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of their work. 

Over a 12-week intensive, participants join the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Digital Editor, Jon Tjhia, to work through different considerations when working online – from using video and podcasting to coding, non-linear narratives and creative imagery. The limits of form are bound only by the imagination of participants.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative, and a large focus of this course will be on creating work that’s uniquely digital and couldn’t be published on the printed page. Young writers will be encouraged to create, write, workshop and edit their work throughout the course. 

Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s most unique digital storytellers, with guest artists Kylie Boltin, Jessica Yu and more presenting live and online sessions for the next generation across the country.

Tuesday 20th August | Week 1A | Digital storytelling: Beginnings (and beyond)

What are we talking about when we say ‘digital storytelling’ – and why is it interesting to audiences and creators? In our first week, we’ll take a look at a wide range of examples, from coded, interactive storytelling to multimedia features and hybrid publications. How can we sandbox our projects? What are the strengths and weaknesses of some of the options for us as storytellers?

Tuesday 27th August | Week 1B

Feedback week

Tuesday 3rd September | Week 2A | Linear Narratives

How do linear storytelling forms allow us to communicate in visceral, rhythmic ways? How do you structure the various parts of a story – and designate their forms? And – what kinds of stories are best told in this way? We’ll work through examples, from stirring, imaginative works to those focussed on enhancing the transfer of facts. 

Plus: How do you prepare, collect and organise your material? What kinds of tools will we need in order to achieve our desired outcomes – and what are some quick ways to experiment?

Tuesday 10th September | Week 2B

Feedback week

Tuesday 17th September | Week 3A | Tools and How To Use Them with Kylie Bolton

This week, guest artist Kylie Bolton will talk about what she’s learned as a journalist, producer, filmmaker and commissioning editor of online documentaries. She’ll discuss different forms, experiences and examples – including working with communities outside the media mainstream – and explain how, why and when she favours the various tools in her storytelling arsenal.

Tuesday 24th September | Week 3B

Feedback week

Tuesday 1st October | Week 4A | Betanarratives with Jessica Zhan Mei Yu 

This week, we’ll look at stories that don’t advance in a linear fashion; perhaps, they don’t advance at all, but instead soak and brood. What kind of planning and iteration goes into planning and building an interactive story; how do you keep track of the big picture and the details? How do you collaborate across disciplines?

Tuesday 8th October | Week 4B

Feedback week

Tuesday 15th October | Week 5 | Collaborative storytelling

This week we’ll talk about collaboration, co-creation, inclusion and facilitation – and consider some exciting, broad ways to engage with storytellers and audiences.

Tuesday 22nd October | Week 5B

Feedback week

Tuesday 29th October | Week 6A | Pitch Perfect

For our final workshop – it’s time to discuss being edited, published and fed. How do digital storytellers pitch, share or get rewarded for their best work? We’ll be looking at where to pitch, how to pitch and how to explain your ideas. What does a productive relationship with an editor look like? How and where can you self-publish? And how can you bank these skills you’ve got, beyond digital publishing?

Tuesday 5th November | Week 6B

Feedback week


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.


The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent.

Applications are now open and close 5pm on Sunday 14th July at 5pm

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

Toolkits: Digital Storytelling is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 

Toolkits: Live is presented by Express Media in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria as part of the Arts Connect Series funded by the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund.
 

What is poetry? What makes it different from other forms of art and writing? How do I write and publish my own poems?

Express Media and Australian Poetry present Toolkits: Poetry, an online course in the forms, functions, histories and uses of poetry, combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshops, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new work.

Over a 12-week intensive, participants will explore the histories, language and the changing face of poetry, and be challenged to engage with the art form in unique and different ways. The program also covers writing non-fiction poetry, poetry as a form of resistance, decolonising and First Nations languages, poetry and humor, and how to edit your 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 2019, Toolkits: Poetry will be facilitated by Melody Paloma, an established poet, editor and critic living in Melbourne, and author of In Some Ways Dingo (Rabbit). Melody will facilitate the programs online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each young writer.

Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best poets, with guest artists Kent MacCarter, Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Jessica Wilkinson and Kirli Saunders, presenting live and online sessions for the next generation across the country.

Thursday 22nd August | Week 1A: What Is Poetry?
What does poetry actually look like? We’ll focus on the vast and differing forms poetry can take, push pre-conceived notions of what defines poetry and learn to identify what makes an individual poem tick. In our introductory week we get participants excited about the immense scope of this unruly form!

Thursday 29th August | Week 1B
Feedback week

Thursday 5th September | Week 2A: Reclaiming Joy with Norman Erikson Pasaribu
How do we use humour in our writing to intervene a status quo, to expose social oppression, to resist the dominant power? How can we use poetry to reclaim laughter and joy while remaining ethically conscientious and politically aware? In week four, Java-born author Norman Erikson Pasaribu joins us live from The Wheeler Centre to show us how to use poetry as a form of resistance (and how to have a giggle at the same time).

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Thursday 12th September | Week 2B
Feedback week

Thursday 19th September | Week 3A: Editing and Publishing Poetry with Kent MacCarter

Learning how to edit your own poetry is an integral part of being a poet, and knowing how to get your work out into the world is essential. In week four, managing editor of Cordite Poetry Review and publisher of Cordite Books, Kent MacCarter, joins us to focus on the nitty gritty of how to edit and publish your work. He’ll share his experience and expertise and show you how to take your poetry from your desk to the people.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Thursday 26th September | Week 3B
Feedback week

Thursday 3rd October | Week 4A: Nonfiction Poetry with Jessica Wilkinson

Nonfiction poetry isn’t just a space to explore the lyric ‘l’. This week poet, editor and educator Jessica Wilkinson shares her own experience of nonfiction poetry, a form that continues to push the boundaries of both poetry and nonfiction alike. We’ll take a close look at Rabbit, a nonfiction poetry journal founded and edited by Wilkinson, a publication that continues to open up a dialogue between form and genre. Participants will also gain insight into the development of Wilkinson’s own practice and experiments with nonfiction poetry.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Thursday 10th October | Week 4B
Feedback week

Thursday 17th October | Week 5A: Truth speaking, decolonising and First Nations languages with Kirli Saunders

In week 3, proud Gunai woman, and international children’s author, poet, and emerging playwright Kirli Saunders, joins us to discuss her experience using poetry as a tool to connect to land and it’s ancient knowledge. Kirli talks about how she celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry and through the Poetry in First Languages Project. In this session, Kirli will share research exploring the impacts of the connections of First Nations people to country, language and community.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Thursday 24th October | Week 5B
Feedback week

Thursday 31st October | Week 6A: Poetry Salon

What better way to prepare for the end of the season than with reflecting on how far you’ve each come? This week is all about sharing and strengthening this little community you’ve all built together. Here you’ll not only reflect on the skills you’ve built within your own practice, but also as critical readers and valuable peers. In this session, each participant will have the chance to read their own work, receive feedback, and exercise their own skills in editing.

Thursday 7th November | Week 6B
Feedback week


Applications to Toolkits: Poetry are free for Express Media and Australian Poetry members.  If you are not an Express Media member and Australian Poetry member, you can purchase a combined membership 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.

The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent.

Applications are now open and close 5pm on Sunday 14th July

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

Toolkits: Poetry is presented by Express Media, in partnership with Australian Poetry. Toolkits is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Toolkits: Live is presented by Express Media in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria as part of the Arts Connect Series funded by the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund. 

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