Submission Guidelines

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg.
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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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. 

Guidelines

Voiceworks Online will publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics designed specifically for a digital platform. This means interactive fic, code poetry, hypertext essays, animated comics… if it can’t be printed on a physical page, this is the place for it.

Please submit completed work as a ZIP file containing all of the images, code and other assets used in your work. Comics may be submitted as PDFs, JPEGs or ZIP files, and can be submitted with or without formatting code, it’s up to you!

For programmable works we accept HTML-based work, including those with CSS and Javascript code. Work that relies on external APIS or server-side code may run into issues on our publishing platform, and will be published at the online editors’ discretion. 

Please send no more than two pieces 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

If you are submitting two pieces, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second submission.

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 via the Voiceworks Online Pitches form.


Those seeking to submit work to the print magazine, please see the separate submission categories. 

 

To get a better idea of what kind of work we publish on Voiceworks Online, check out our published pieces on the website and also our 'Guide to Digital Writing'.

Rates of Pay

$100-$150 per published piece, depending on length and format 

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 Voiceworks Editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

 

Learn about story structure, character, setting and everything in between.

Express Media presents Toolkits: Fiction, a step-by-step online program combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshopping, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new works of fiction.

Over a 12-week intensive, participants will explore storytelling and ethics, learn how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication. With live broadcasts each fortnight and feedback weeks in between, Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course. 

In 2020, Toolkits: Fiction will be facilitated by Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year, Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and Pulse Points. Jennifer will facilitate the online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each writer.

Participants will also have the chance to learn from some of the best working writers and editors in the country, with guest artists including Bridget Caldwell-Bright presenting online sessions for the next generation of Australian writers.

Wednesday 25th March | Week 1A | Square one: Beginnings and beyond
This week, we look at structure in fiction, starting from the top. What makes a successful beginning to a novel or story? Where do ideas come from? How do we give shape a story? We’ll look at some practical tips and ways to describe and think about plot to help you nail structure from start to finish.

Wednesday 1st April | Week 1B | Feedback week

Wednesday 8th April | Week 2A | Out of character: know your protagonists

Whether you’re the next Melina Marchetta, Ocean Vuong, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison or Isobelle Carmody, great characters transcend genre—they’re the lifeblood of any good writing. In this week’s class, we’ll talk about how to create believable, well-rounded protagonists that stay with you long after the story ends.

Wednesday 15th April | Week 2B | Feedback week

Wednesday 22 April | Week 3A | All talk: Dialogue, voice and point-of-view

This week is for those of us who cringe when we have to write a conversation, or whose characters all end up speaking with the same voice, or who worry about how to pace dialogue. Anyone who’s wondered if they’re better off using first- or third-person. Anyone who’s wondered how to make their conversation snappy and realistic. A special guest artist joins us to talk all things voice—from writing authentic, compelling dialogue

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Wednesday 29 April | Week 3B | Feedback week

Wednesday 6th May | Week 4A | All over the place: writing setting

World-building is a critical part of the writing process—whether your story is set in real-life streets, a historic location, or a fictional city of your own creation. Time, place, environment, culture and climate all influence a narrative and its characters. In this week’s class, we’ll look at the importance of setting to explore how it can be used as more than just a backdrop to the action.

Wednesday 13th May | Week 4B | Feedback week

Wednesday 20 May | Week 5A | The devil’s in the detail: Description, imagery, style

What makes a distinctive writing style? What makes for good (and bad) description in fiction? Adverbs—where do we stand on the issue? In Week 5, we’ll take a fine-tooth comb to our sentences, with a host of examples and tips to make your writing as strong and effective as possible, line by line. Your future

editors will love you.

Wednesday 27th May | Week 5B | Feedback week

Wednesday 3 June | Week 6A | Polishing, editing and submitting your work with Bridget Caldwell-Bright

The final week of Toolkits is devoted to preparing your writing for submission, ensuring it’s as polished as possible. Joining us is Jingili Mudburra writer and editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright to talk all things publication. How can you tighten up a story when you’ve read it a zillion times? What does a good pitch look like? What’s it like to be edited? ...and any other questions you’ve got.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Wednesday 10th June | Week 6B | Feedback week

Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.

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.

The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent.

Applications are now open and close 5pm Thursday 5th March 2020.

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

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

 

What constitutes memoir? How is memoir different from autobiography? What makes it different from other forms of art and writing? How do we write, research, and investigate stories that matter?

Express Media presents Toolkits: Memoir, an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing memoir, combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new work.

Spanning a range of forms, good memoir is both challenging to write and rewarding to read. Over a 12-week intensive, participants join author Zoya Patel to unpack the fundamentals of memoir storytelling, focusing on developing their work from conception to first longform-draft while exploring memoir styles, the ethics of representing real-life characters, and how to pitch your work to publishers. 

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course.

In 2020, Toolkits: Memoir will be facilitated by award-winning writer and editor, Zoya Patel. Zoya will facilitate the programs online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each young writer. 

Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best memoir writers, with guest artists Amra Pajalic and Ellena Savage presenting live and online sessions for the next generation across the country.

Tuesday 24th March | Week 1A | Memoir 101: Formats & Styles
What constitutes memoir? How is memoir different from autobiography? Book-length memoirs can take several different forms: essays, narrative nonfiction, anthological memoir. In week 1, we explore the key facets of each different form, and discuss how to define the right format for your memoir.

Tuesday 31st March | Week 1B | Feedback week

Tuesday 7th April | Week 2A | Ethics & Other People’s Stories
What are the ethical considerations, both legal and philosophical, that you should consider when writing memoir? What duty does the writer have to protect other people who feature in their stories? What could be the possible fall out from writing memoir?In this week, we consider the ethical considerations when working with other people’s stories.

Tuesday 14th April | Week 2B | Feedback week

Tuesday 21st April | Week 3A | Writing family, writing illness with Amra Pajalic
In Week 3, we speak to author Amra Pajalic about the ethics and challenges of writing about family. Amra will explore the complexities of navigating culture and illness through memoir.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Tuesday 28th April | Week 3B | Feedback week

Tuesday 5th May | Week 4A | Life as Research with Ellena Savage
In this Q&A session with author Ellena Savage, we'll explore how personal experience can inform and become research material in memoir. We'll also discuss the interplay between confession and boundaries, and how to find a balance between the two.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Tuesday 12th May | Week 4B | Feedback week

Tuesday 19th May | Week 5A | Objectivity & Self-Editing
Memoir can be harder to edit for yourself because of your proximity to the story. This session will explore how to maintain objectivity, and practical tools for self-editing. It will also touch on resilience and messaging – how to separate the purpose and message of the book from the writer as a person.

Tuesday 26th May | Week 5B | Feedback week

Tuesday 2nd June | Week 6A | Polishing, Pitching & Preparing for Publication
Now you’ve drafted your masterpiece, how can you polish it to make it the best it can be? Where should you send it? What are some pro-tips for submitting? What’s it like to be edited? This session will focus on finalising and preparing a manuscript for

publication, including developing an outline and pitch document to an agent or a publisher.

Tuesday 9th June | Week 6B | Feedback week

Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.

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.

The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent.

Applications are now open and close 5pm Thursday 5th March 2020.

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

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

Express Media