Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. 
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 only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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.

Visual art submissions include comics, illustrations, drawings, graphics, photography, etc. We also accept pitches for comics, the guidelines for which are all detailed here

Please send no more than three pieces. We print in black-and-white (greyscale) and our page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. Please supply your images at actual size and 300dpi. Please name your files—strings of numbers and letters are easily confused with other submissions.

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 23rd of October

Theme

#106 'Motive' (Summer 2016)

Your life does not occur in a linear trajectory. As cold as paper drying. The web you’ve strung up is dripping with mystery and they can’t understand you yet, but give it time. Running. You’re running and you can’t remember why. Maybe that is okay. Why did you do it? What actually happened?

‘Well it’s your choice, babe,’ he says, and right now you don’t know what the best decision is. Your car is purring behind you and you try to jump in, to keep up with the times. Don’t let the momentum stop. Drive to the ocean. The water will envelope you, kneed you, tangle you into a world of mistimed judgement. The beach will rough you up, maybe. You’ll come up for air and go back to your home; you’re ready to start again. You are a kind of inertia.

Zealous crowds gather. The city is teeming with people who hang on your every word. You’ll move them to act, feel, think, do. Your motive is their motive.

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good work. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good

—Good work: better

—Good themed work: BEST 

Rates of Pay

$100 for a single published piece or $150 for a multi-page suite.

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Lucy Adams here.

We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.

Types of Written Submissions

Fiction

Send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3000 words.

Poetry

Send no more than three pieces, and each no more than 100 lines in total. Check out some tips for strengthening your poetry submission here.

Nonfiction

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. For completed work, send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3000 words.

If you’re submitting across genres, please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).

Those seeking to submit visual art, please see the separate submission category. 

Deadlines

Nonfiction pitches: Sunday the 11th of September

Fiction, poetry and completed nonfiction pieces: Sunday the 18th of September

Theme

#106 'Motive' (Summer 2016)

Your life does not occur in a linear trajectory. As cold as paper drying. The web you’ve strung up is dripping with mystery and they can’t understand you yet, but give it time. Running. You’re running and you can’t remember why. Maybe that is okay. Why did you do it? What actually happened?

‘Well it’s your choice, babe,’ he says, and right now you don’t know what the best decision is. Your car is purring behind you and you try to jump in, to keep up with the times. Don’t let the momentum stop. Drive to the ocean. The water will envelope you, kneed you, tangle you into a world of mistimed judgement. The beach will rough you up, maybe. You’ll come up for air and go back to your home; you’re ready to start again. You are a kind of inertia.

Zealous crowds gather. The city is teeming with people who hang on your every word. You’ll move them to act, feel, think, do. Your motive is their motive.

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.

Voiceworks is looking for new members (aged 24 and under) to join our editorial committee. We’re after people who are familiar with Voiceworks and have a passion for developing talent in young writers. We need editors of nonfiction, fiction and poetry (for visual art, see the separate application). Interstate applications are welcome as we have a few opportunities for remote participation.

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 values are diversity, accessibility, artistic development and recognition of excellence.

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 here and here

Key Responsibilities

  • Read and provide feedback to writers on submissions for each issue
  • Participate in the selection of material for each issue
  • Edit material for each issue under the direction of the Voiceworks Editor
  • Contribute to the artistic direction of Voiceworks, including ideas on themes, events, content, design and special issues
  • Attend weekly meetings, quarterly proofreading sessions and launches
  • Contribute regular content to the Voiceworks blog
  • Represent Express Media and Voiceworks publicly on a professional level through events such as launches, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers’ Festival.

Conditions

  • The position requires attendance of one 2-hour meeting per week (currently Monday, 6-8pm) in the Express Media office, as well as submission reading, editing and feedback writing to be done from home during peak times.
  • The position is voluntary and may fit with the internship project requirements of editing, publishing, journalism or writing students.
  • Editorial committee members report to the Voiceworks Editor
  • Editorial committee members are covered by the appropriate insurance while working at the Express Media office, located in The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Selection Criteria

  • A sound understanding of Express Media as an organisation and a commitment to Express Media's stated values
  • A sound understanding of and passion for Voiceworks as a publication, and as a development opportunity for young writers
  • A love of literature and an understanding of or demonstrable curiosity about the author/editor relationship
  • A demonstrable commitment to a career in editing, publishing, writing 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
  • Expertise in word processing, email and internet applications

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 date of birth and 3 references)

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

For further information please call Express Media on (03) 9094 7888 and speak to Lucy Adams, Voiceworks editor, or email editor@expressmedia.or.au

Deadline

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, September 18, and the successful applicants are expected to begin around Monday, 10 October.

Voiceworks is looking for a visual art editor (aged 24 and under) to join our editorial committee. We’re keen to hear from people who are familiar with Voiceworks and have a passion for developing talent in young artists. Interstate applications are welcome as we have a few opportunities for remote participation.

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 values are diversity, accessibility, artistic development and recognition of excellence.

Express Media’s flagship publication is Voiceworks, 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 and artists with feedback on their work, whether it is published or not. Further information can be found here and here

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide feedback to artists on submissions for each issue
  • Participate in the selection of art and comics for each issue
  • Respond to and provide editorial direction for comic pitches, under the direction of the Voiceworks Editor
  • Seek out and engage networks of artists and comic makers to encourage them to submit to Voiceworks
  • Contribute to the artistic direction of Voiceworks, including ideas on themes, events, content, design and special issues
  • Manage the Voiceworks Instagram
  • Represent Express Media and Voiceworks publicly on a professional level through events such as launches, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers’ Festival.

Conditions

  • The position requires attendance of one 2-hour meeting per quarter (currently Monday, 6-8pm) in the Express Media office, as well as feedback writing and responding to comic pitches to be done from home during peak times.
  • The position is voluntary and may fit with the requirements of a student internship.
  • Editorial committee members report to the Voiceworks Editor
  • Editorial committee members are covered by the appropriate insurance while working at the Express Media office, located in The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Selection Criteria

  • A sound understanding of Express Media as an organisation and a commitment to Express Media’s stated values
  • A sound understanding of and passion for Voiceworks as a publication, and as a development opportunity for young people
  • A love of art and comics (and, ideally, literature) and an understanding of how to help artists develop a visual story
  • A demonstrable commitment to a career in art, comics, editing, publishing, writing 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
  • Expertise in word processing, email, internet applications and Instagram

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 date of birth)

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

For further information please call Express Media on (03) 9094 7888 and speak to Lucy Adams, Voiceworks editor, or email editor@expressmedia.or.au.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, September 18.

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 values are diversity, accessibility, artistic development and recognition of excellence.

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 here and 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, 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 as an organisation and a commitment to Express Media’s stated values
  • A sound understanding of Voiceworks magazine and other similar publications
  • 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
  • Expertise 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 3 references)

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

For further information please call Express Media on (03) 9094 7888 and speak to Lucy Adams, Voiceworks editor, or email editor@expressmedia.or.au.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday, September 18, and the successful candidate is expected to begin in the role in October.