About

Voiceworks online is currently seeking experimental, digital-based writing and comics. If you make work that can’t be printed on the page, this is your time to shine! This includes but is not limited to:

  • Interactive fiction
  • Hypertext writing
  • Code poetry
  • Bots and generative text works
  • Writing with sound or video elements
  • Full-colour comics or comics with animated elements

Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and individualised feedback is provided for all unsuccessful written submissions. All published contributors are paid for their work.


What we’re looking for

The best way to get a sense of the kinds of work we publish is to read the work on our website! You can also check out our handy digital writing guide for lots of tips on what we like and how to get started if you’re new to digital writing. 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. You can find our guides to pitching here.


Theme: Data Plants 🌱

“The flowers are naming themselves”

- Zaina Alsous

“Where do you want to go today?”

- Microsoft

Voiceworks Online is seeking submissions about data and/or plant technologies.

We’re looking for essays about networks and webs. Lichen and moss. About what it means to spread, glitch or connect.

We’re seeking a mixed garden of notes app renditions about the moonrise, holding hands, tasting salt or sinking your feet into the grass.

Letters about your fears of robot bees or the attention economy. Animations about evading surveillance. How can we share access? Become pirates? You wouldn’t steal a car.

We want online dating profiles. Teen Gmail luv notes. Cybernetic crybaby content. Heart and flesh.

When facing the grief of extractive cultures and technologies of control, we ask you:

Do you need to smash your device into smithereens?

What pieces of you can you find in your digital avatar? Can you find your body there?

How do we slow down? Spread out? Share information? Take back our time? Build networks of care?

Google how to love  your body

    your neighbour

yourself

something unplanned

goddamn

a scorpio man

a homeland

YouTube 12 hours of gentle night rain.

And send something our way.

~Thanks to EdCommer La Fielding for the blurb~


Voiceworks Online Guidelines

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn 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 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.


We are only able to publish writers and artists who are under the age of 25 (that is, 24 and under) at the time of submission.

We only accept work by people living in Australia (including international students) or by Australians living overseas.

We only consider previously unpublished work.

Please send no more than two submissions 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

Deadlines

All submissions due Monday 22 August, 11:59PM AEDT

Rates of pay

$100-$150, depending on length and format

You’ll find further details by following the link below. Please read the information carefully and contact Voiceworks Editor Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn if you have any questions or concerns. Alrighty then, it’s time to submit!

Deakin University and Express Media are excited to present The Catalyse Nonfiction Prize.

Entries of up to 3,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction.

In 2022, all shortlisted writers will receive:

  • an invitation to an exclusive Q&A with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers, publishers and editors
  • a generous selection of new-release books from Monash University Publishing and UQP.

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $2,000
  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work from Julia Carlomagno, publisher at Monash University Publishing.

Past winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to sign works as a direct result of the prize: Briohny Doyle (Adult Fantasy, 2017), Oliver Mol (Lion Attack!, 2015), Patrick Mullins (A Liberal View, 2018) and Lech Blaine (Car Crash, 2021).

Entries close 11:59pm (AEST) Wednesday 31 August 2022.

The Catalyse Nonfiction Prize is sponsored by Deakin University and Express Media.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Entries will be accepted in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction.
  2. Entries must be up to 3,000 words. They may be excerpted from a longer work but should preferably also function as stand-alone pieces.
  3. The entry must be an original work by the entrant and written in English.
  4. Entrants must be 30 years of age or under as of the closing date (Wednesday 31 August 2022), and be residents of Australia.
  5. Both previously unpublished writers and writers who have had a work published with a commercial or not-for-profit publishing house are eligible.
  6. Entries must be neatly typed and double-spaced. Please do not include your name anywhere on the submission.
  7. 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.
  8. There is a maximum of two entries per individual.
  9. Entries must be received by 11:59pm (AEST) Wednesday 31 August 2022; 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 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 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Friday 4 November 2022.
  7. 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.
  8. The winner may be notified in strict confidence during November, but must agree to keep this news confidential until the announcement of the winning entry.
  9. 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.
  10. The judges may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.
  11. The 10 hours of editorial time must be completed within 12 months of the awarding of the prize. The meeting with the publisher may occur at a location in Melbourne, or via phone or Skype, depending on the winner’s preference and location.
  12. Monash University Publishing has the first opportunity to consider the result of the editorial mentorship for publication.

What is poetry? How do I write it? How do I get published?
Express Media, in partnership with Australian Poetry, is pleased to announce Toolkits: Poetry - an online course in the forms, functions, histories and uses of poetry, combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises and group workshops to guide young writers through the development of new work.


Become an Express Media Member!
Applications to Toolkits Poetry are free for Express Media/Australian Poetry joint members along with a number of other perks, events, and opportunities. If you’re not already a member, you can easily sign up here.
Note: 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.


Applications are now open and close 11:59pm AEST Wednesday 24 August 2022.
Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Magenta Sheridan at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.


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

What are graphic narratives? How do I create a compelling comic or graphic novel? How can I be published?

Express Media is proud to present the 2022 return of Toolkits: Graphic Narratives - an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of creating graphic narratives. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises, and group workshopping to guide young writers through the development of their work.

During this 12-week intensive, 8 young writers explore the many and varied formats of graphic storytelling. Participants will both learn the applications of graphic storytelling and discuss the history and innovations of this unique literary practice. Toolkits: Graphic Narratives covers a strong foundation in the familiar, such as comic strips, graphic novels, and manga, but isn’t afraid to branch into the experimental.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to create, write, workshop and edit their work throughout the course. They will hone their skills in textual analysis, create their own original work (which can be fictional, autobiographical, biographical or journalistic), explore the possibilities of collaborative work, and learn how to pitch work to publishers when they’re done.

If you are a young writer or artist interested in graphic storytelling, we want to hear from you!
Become an Express Media Member!

Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members along with a number of other perks, events, and opportunities. If you’re not already a member, you can easily sign up here.

Applications are now open and close 11:59pm AEST Wednesday 24 August 2022.

Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Magenta Sheridan at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.

Toolkits: Graphic Narratives is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 

What is digital storytelling?
What kind of meaningful experiences can you create online?
What makes digital storytelling different to other forms of writing?


Express Media is proud to present the 2022 return of Toolkits: Digital Storytelling - an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of creating stories for the web and beyond. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises and group workshopping to guide young writers to experiment and develop their work in a range of digital forms.
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.
If you are a young writer or artist interested in digital storytelling, we want to hear from you!

Become an Express Media Member!
Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members along with a number of other perks, events, and opportunities. If you’re not already a member, you can easily sign up here.
Note: 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.


Applications are now open and close 11:59pm AEST Wednesday 24 August 2022.Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Magenta Sheridan at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.


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

Express Media