Submission Guidelines

 Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Adalya Nash Hussein 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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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: Submissions due Sunday 7 February 11:59pm AEST

Theme: Reflex
The moro reflex begins at 2 months, triggered by a sudden lack of support: flinging the arms open wide, pulling them close, crying. You remember tracing shapes on an infant’s palm—round and round the garden, like a teddy bear—and the baby’s finger curling around your own, reaching, holding.

Send all the messages you’ve saved in your notes. Impulse, not introspection. The counsellor tells you to stop and notice and record the physical feeling if possible, record it on your phone if there’s no time to stop and write it down. Later, you find a phone memo that says: fidgety, heart pumping, throat tightening, hot, cold, breathless.

The lights go on. Can you see your reflection in the daze? You hear your own voice before you open your mouth. You’ve tasted the syllables and the tone you’ll adopt. Relaxed body posture, sit back in your right hip, hands alive, now stride. A singular persona. An icon on stage. Reflexivity—the process of becoming self-aware. You’ve been practicing in front of the mirror your whole life.

Re Flex. What made you feel strong? What makes you feel strong?

~Thanks to EdCommers Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn and Michelle Wang for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing!

Rates of Pay: $100 for visual artworks, $150 for multi-page comics and suites of art

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.

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