Submission Guidelines

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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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

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), 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 nonfiction pitches, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories. 

Deadline

Sunday the 7th of January 2018, 11:59pm

Theme

#111 'Riff' (Autumn 2018)

This issue is a bit different and a bit special—it's going to be illustrated! If your work is selected, it may well be visually interpreted by a young artist and we think that's pretty neat. The result: a collection of collaborative narratives told through words and pictures. We expect it to be eye-meltingly beautiful.

Need inspiration? Check out the visual blurb on our Contribute page hereBut 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.

Submission Guidelines

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.

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 7th of January 2018, 11:59pm

Theme

#111 'Riff' (Autumn 2018)

This issue is a bit different and a bit special—it's going to be illustrated! If your work is selected, it may well be visually interpreted by a young artist and we think that's pretty neat. The result: a collection of collaborative narratives told through words and pictures. We expect it to be eye-meltingly beautiful.

Need inspiration? Check out the visual blurb on our Contribute page hereBut 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.

Submission Guidelines

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.

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 10th of December, 11:59pm

Theme

#111 'Riff' (Autumn 2018)

This issue is a bit different and a bit special—it's going to be illustrated! If your work is selected, it may well be visually interpreted by a young artist and we think that's pretty neat. The result: a collection of collaborative narratives told through words and pictures. We expect it to be eye-meltingly beautiful.

Need inspiration? Check out the visual blurb on our Contribute page here. But 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.

Submission Guidelines

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.

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 7th of January 2018, 11:59pm

Theme

#111 'Riff' (Autumn 2018)

This issue is a bit different and a bit special—it's going to be illustrated! If your work is selected, it may well be visually interpreted by a young artist and we think that's pretty neat. The result: a collection of collaborative narratives told through words and pictures. We expect it to be eye-meltingly beautiful.

Need inspiration? Check out the visual blurb on our Contribute page hereBut 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.

Submission Guidelines

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

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 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.

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 28th of January 2018, 11:59pm

Theme

#111 'Riff' (Autumn 2018)

This issue is a bit different and a bit special—it's going to be illustrated! Written work will be visually interpreted by young artists to create a collection of collaborative narratives told through words and pictures. We expect it to be eye-meltingly beautiful. If you're interested in being an illustrator, see the separate submission category.

Need inspiration? Check out the visual blurb on our Contribute page hereBut 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 page 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

Our autumn 2018 issue #111, ‘Riff’, is going to be bit different and a bit special. In lieu of our usual art submissions, we're on the hunt for artists to illustrate the issue. Those selected among the bunch will be paired up with writers to visually interpret their work. The result: a collection of collaborative narratives told through words and pictures. We expect it will be eye-meltingly beautiful. 

We are open to artwork in a variety of styles, but it’s worth thinking about whether your particular one would be suited to our pages. We print in two spot colours (duotone) and so accept files in black-and-white (greyscale) rather than full colour. Have a flip through one of our back issues to get a feel for what works best.

The most important thing is that you’re excited by narratives and eager to visually interpret them.

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.

Submission Guidelines

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

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

—Please submit four previous examples of your work and/or a link to your website/Instagram/blog.

We will notify you as soon as we can with news on the outcome of your application. 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 28th of January 2018, 11:59pm

Payment

$100 for published work

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.

Ends on January 14, 2018

About The Kat Muscat Fellowship

With the generous support of the Muscat family and the broader community, Express Media is honoured to present The 2018 Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and development for a young writer or editor.

Kat Muscat was a brilliant young mind of the Australian writing community, whose formidable talent was demonstrated extensively through her incisive writing and perceptive editing. Kat was an integral part of the Express Media community for many years, before stepping up to become Editor of Voiceworks from 2012 – 2014. Throughout her 10 years with Express Media, Kat helped to shape the careers of young writers and editors from all around Australia.

Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of feminism, empathy and defiance, and the recipient of the Fellowship will take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary person. The work must respond to the above values and provocation, continuing Kat’s legacy and further developing the future of defiant and empathetic young Australian women.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be female-identifying (including cis and trans women) or non-binary
  • Be aged 16 to 30 at the commencement of the fellowship in 2018
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’, and the values of Express Media and The Kat Muscat Fellowship.

What Can I Apply For?

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 in 2018. These funds may be used towards professional development opportunities, including, but not limited to: mentoring, residencies, interstate travel, or project fees.

The final budget will be developed in consultation with, and managed by, Express Media.  

Selection Criteria

Vision: What is your idea and proposed project?

Impact: What impact will the Kat Muscat Fellowship have on your artistic practice and career, and what is the potential impact of your project on the wider community?

Capacity: What relevant experience or track record have you demonstrated, or how can you outline your personal and creative potential to make this project happen?

Feasibility: How will you realise or execute your proposed project, and is it achievable within the budget and timeframe of the Fellowship?

The Custodial Committee of The Kat Muscat Legacy Projects, which includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and appointed community members, will select successful applications.

Reporting

At the completion of the fellowship, the successful applicant will be required to provide a report on the activity undertaken throughout the year.

This report will be retained for Express Media and the Muscat family for their records and may be used to promote the Fellowship in future years. Guidelines for reporting will be provided to the fellowship recipient by Express Media.

How To Apply

Applications will only be accepted from individual writer and editors, not collectives, groups or existing publications.

Your application must include:

  1.  A 1-page CV outlining your previous experience as a writer or editor. This CV must include the names and contact details of at least 2 referees. 

  2. A statement detailing your project or idea that addresses each of the Selection Criteria, to a maximum of 2 pages.

  3. An excerpt or example of your work up to 1000 words.
    • For writers, this may be an excerpt from a longer work, a completed short work, or a collection of poems.
    • For editors, this may include an editorial, statement of intent for the project, or example of work that demonstrates your skills in curation, assessment, and feedback (i.e. the before and after of an edited work).

Your application may also include up to 3 letters of support from peers, colleagues or other professionals of standing that demonstrate how the supporter would be involved in your project. 

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday January 14 2018.


Terms and Conditions

  1.  Applications close 11.59pm, Sunday January 14. Late applications will not be accepted.

  2. Applicants are limited to two submissions per year.

  3. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media are ineligible to enter.

  4. Submissions will be acknowledged by email on receipt.

  5. Application materials will not be returned.

  6. Express Media may contact you for further information in relation to your application and project proposal.

  7. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by Friday February 23.

  8. The successful applicant will work with Express Media and the Custodial Committee to shape and deliver the development plan for their fellowship, beginning in March 2018.

  9. Any re-negotiation of activity to be undertaken as part of the Fellowship will be agreed to in consultation with Express Media and the Custodial Committee.

  10. The successful applicant will be required to provide a short report on the activities undertaken during the fellowship no later than once month after the completion of the fellowship. Guidelines for this report will be provided by Express Media.

  11. The successful applicant is to acknowledge the support of The Kat Muscat Fellowship in future publication or dissemination of the work developed throughout the fellowship.

  12. An extract of the applicant’s work or a section of their final report may be published on the Express Media blog.

  13. The successful applicant agrees to take part in events and media activities that promote the Fellowship and future fundraising activities.

  14. The Custodial Committee may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.

Further Information

Do you have a question regarding your application? Please contact Express Media’s Creative Producer, Fiona Dunne by email on fellowship@expressmedia.org.au or by phone 03 9094 7887. 

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. Interstate applications are welcome as we have a few opportunities for remote participation.

About Express Media and Voiceworks

Voiceworks is a national, quarterly literary journal featuring new fiction, 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. 

Voiceworks is published by Express Media, a national not-for-profit organisation that provides support and development opportunities for young writers. 

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
  • 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 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 or email Lucy Adams, Voiceworks editor, at editor@expressmedia.or.au

Deadline

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, 3 December, and the successful applicants are expected to begin around Monday, 8 January.