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.

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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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.

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.

Current Theme: Cipher
A system of rules to encode information, to encrypt, decrypt, and encrypt once more. Cryptographic cartographic neurostatic. Layers upon layers of meaning. Secrets transformed into nonsense, words into strings, sounds into numbers. The cipher has meaning in relation to the encrypted information. A key without a lock is just an aesthetic object. A cipher without a message is just aesthetic information.

Consider: A message hidden in the annotations of a childhood book. A series of instructions compiled from unrelated newspaper headlines. Clues embedded in dreams, reconstituted as fragments of memory. The colours on a billboard. Secrets hidden within the unassuming, hidden within plain sight.

Things representing other things. Meanings layered upon meanings. A meaning communicated obutesly and indirectly, visible only through a certain lens, from just the right angle. Saying one thing and meaning another. Reading the subtext. The If U Seek Amy of it all.

~Thanks to EdCommers Carly Stone, Lujayn Hourani and Fred Von Jorgs for the blurb~
Voiceworks Online Guidelines
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 Sunday 17 October, 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 Adalya Nash Hussein if you have any questions or concerns. Alrighty then, it’s time to submit!

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: Sunday 24 October 11:59pm AEDT

Theme: Spectre
It is difficult to sleep at night sometimes, with the hazy apparitions that dance like revellers around your bed. Spindly fingers close around your wrist and you are woken by a cold breath on your neck. In the stillness and dark, you fumble for your phone and send a few anxious messages. You are left on read at 4:41 am.

You want to wait until it is five am to do something. Sleep, scream—it doesn’t matter. Sunlight begins to suggest itself, but we are not done yet.

In a room down the hallway comes the hum of a haunting melody. Hands pull white thread through a loom. In a photograph on the wall, angry clouds creep through a sepia-toned sky. You notice strange fingerprints in the corner of the image. A face like a glass of red wine hastens towards you. I am a puppet master of sorts, but you will see no strings, only endless spider webs as you try to find me.

Drink up your tea as you tell me your deepest fears and most precious childhood memories. Describe to me the shadowy figures that follow you through the mirrors in your house. Tell me about the child you saw on the street that day who seemed so very familiar. The almost-friends you ghosted, whose lives you silently surveil through your cracked screen.

I’ve already read your diary. What else do you have to show me?

~Thanks to EdCommers Annie Zhang and Clare Millar 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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To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish in the magazine, and to help us continue to support young writers, you can subscribe* to Voiceworks here.

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