Submission Guidelines 

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Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs).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

Poetry Guidelines 

Poetry: send no more than three poems, each no more than 100 lines. We recommend reading our poetry guide here before sending us your work.   

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).  


 

Deadline: Sunday 3 March, 11:59pm AEST

Theme: Puzzle

Flinders Street Station emerges in your living room. You muse over its
thousand-piece form. Fingers warmed by a welcome bewilderment glide around
scoops, catch on nubs, sink into grooves. Track to track. Ticking on ticking.
And always a crowd strutting in an orderly mess. A stubborn, squiggled fit.
Your tactile logic traps all behind jigsawed bars. You are bisected. Your
neighbours pass by, each lugging around a conundrum of their own. The man
down the hall is crunching on the smashed remnants of his. The woman a floor
above has gummy digits from peeling the stickers off hers. And you? An
enigma still. Not to worry, there’s a world to crack in the meantime. Snick! goes
love awakened. Snap! goes truth told. You’ve juggled them, steered them into
3x3 pens. Warned them only one per row per square per whole. Copycats
shooed off, Get! Go on! You’ll take unique and shape universal. The earth
shifts, your head tilts. Tectonic plates—soulmates of a different breed to the
pieces in your hand. They click, grumble, click again. Between your ears rattles
7-across: That which eludes you and teases you so (6 letters). 


—Blurb by EdCommers Aries Gacutan and Tharidi Walimunige
 

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


 

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 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.   


 

Subscribe 

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.      

*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

Submission Guidelines 

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Selina Moir-Wilson 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.   


 

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 3 March, 11:59pm AEST

Theme: Puzzle

Flinders Street Station emerges in your living room. You muse over its
thousand-piece form. Fingers warmed by a welcome bewilderment glide around
scoops, catch on nubs, sink into grooves. Track to track. Ticking on ticking.
And always a crowd strutting in an orderly mess. A stubborn, squiggled fit.
Your tactile logic traps all behind jigsawed bars. You are bisected. Your
neighbours pass by, each lugging around a conundrum of their own. The man
down the hall is crunching on the smashed remnants of his. The woman a floor
above has gummy digits from peeling the stickers off hers. And you? An
enigma still. Not to worry, there’s a world to crack in the meantime. Snick! goes
love awakened. Snap! goes truth told. You’ve juggled them, steered them into
3x3 pens. Warned them only one per row per square per whole. Copycats
shooed off, Get! Go on! You’ll take unique and shape universal. The earth
shifts, your head tilts. Tectonic plates—soulmates of a different breed to the
pieces in your hand. They click, grumble, click again. Between your ears rattles
7-across: That which eludes you and teases you so (6 letters). 


—Blurb by EdCommers Aries Gacutan and Tharidi Walimunige


 

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


 

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 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.   


 

Subscribe 

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.      

*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

Submission Guidelines 

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Selina Moir-Wilson 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.   


Pitching Guidelines 

How to pitch to Voiceworks 

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. 

Things to ask yourself either way: 

- What is your key point or argument? 

- What is your particular angle to take? 

- 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? 

You don’t have to know all these answers, but it should get you thinking about your piece thoroughly. None of this is a totally prescriptive guide—we want to give you direction and encouragement, not to close off the possibility of writing nonfiction for us.  


What happens 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.
 

Deadline: Sunday 25 February, 11:59PM AEST 

Theme: Puzzle

Flinders Street Station emerges in your living room. You muse over its
thousand-piece form. Fingers warmed by a welcome bewilderment glide around
scoops, catch on nubs, sink into grooves. Track to track. Ticking on ticking.
And always a crowd strutting in an orderly mess. A stubborn, squiggled fit.
Your tactile logic traps all behind jigsawed bars. You are bisected. Your
neighbours pass by, each lugging around a conundrum of their own. The man
down the hall is crunching on the smashed remnants of his. The woman a floor
above has gummy digits from peeling the stickers off hers. And you? An
enigma still. Not to worry, there’s a world to crack in the meantime. Snick! goes
love awakened. Snap! goes truth told. You’ve juggled them, steered them into
3x3 pens. Warned them only one per row per square per whole. Copycats
shooed off, Get! Go on! You’ll take unique and shape universal. The earth
shifts, your head tilts. Tectonic plates—soulmates of a different breed to the
pieces in your hand. They click, grumble, click again. Between your ears rattles
7-across: That which eludes you and teases you so (6 letters). 


—Blurb by EdCommers Aries Gacutan and Tharidi Walimunige


 

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


 

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 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.   


 

Subscribe 

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.      

*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

Submission Guidelines 

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Selina Moir-Wilson 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.   


 

Nonfiction Guidelines 

For completed work, send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3,000 words.  

We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).
 

Deadline: Sunday 3 March, 11:59 AEST 

Theme: Puzzle

Flinders Street Station emerges in your living room. You muse over its
thousand-piece form. Fingers warmed by a welcome bewilderment glide around
scoops, catch on nubs, sink into grooves. Track to track. Ticking on ticking.
And always a crowd strutting in an orderly mess. A stubborn, squiggled fit.
Your tactile logic traps all behind jigsawed bars. You are bisected. Your
neighbours pass by, each lugging around a conundrum of their own. The man
down the hall is crunching on the smashed remnants of his. The woman a floor
above has gummy digits from peeling the stickers off hers. And you? An
enigma still. Not to worry, there’s a world to crack in the meantime. Snick! goes
love awakened. Snap! goes truth told. You’ve juggled them, steered them into
3x3 pens. Warned them only one per row per square per whole. Copycats
shooed off, Get! Go on! You’ll take unique and shape universal. The earth
shifts, your head tilts. Tectonic plates—soulmates of a different breed to the
pieces in your hand. They click, grumble, click again. Between your ears rattles
7-across: That which eludes you and teases you so (6 letters). 


—Blurb by EdCommers Aries Gacutan and Tharidi Walimunige


 

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


 

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 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.   


 

Subscribe 

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.      

*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

Submission Guidelines 

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Selina Moir-Wilson 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.


Deadline: Sunday 31 March, 11:59pm AEST 

Theme: Puzzle

Flinders Street Station emerges in your living room. You muse over its
thousand-piece form. Fingers warmed by a welcome bewilderment glide around
scoops, catch on nubs, sink into grooves. Track to track. Ticking on ticking.
And always a crowd strutting in an orderly mess. A stubborn, squiggled fit.
Your tactile logic traps all behind jigsawed bars. You are bisected. Your
neighbours pass by, each lugging around a conundrum of their own. The man
down the hall is crunching on the smashed remnants of his. The woman a floor
above has gummy digits from peeling the stickers off hers. And you? An
enigma still. Not to worry, there’s a world to crack in the meantime. Snick! goes
love awakened. Snap! goes truth told. You’ve juggled them, steered them into
3x3 pens. Warned them only one per row per square per whole. Copycats
shooed off, Get! Go on! You’ll take unique and shape universal. The earth
shifts, your head tilts. Tectonic plates—soulmates of a different breed to the
pieces in your hand. They click, grumble, click again. Between your ears rattles
7-across: That which eludes you and teases you so (6 letters). 


—Blurb by EdCommers Aries Gacutan and Tharidi Walimunige


 

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


 

Rates of Pay 

$100 for single-page art and comics 

$150 for multi-page comics or 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.   


 

Subscribe 

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.      

*Choosing not to subscribe will not impact your submission.

What constitutes nonfiction? How is memoir different to autobiography? What makes non-fiction different from other forms of art and writing? How do we write, research, and investigate stories that matter? What does the truth mean when writing nonfiction?

Express Media is proud to present the 2024 return of Toolkits: Non-fiction - an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing non-fiction. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises and group workshopping to guide young writers to experiment and develop their work.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course. They will hone their skills in textual analysis, create their own original work (which can be experimental, 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 non-fiction, 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 Thursday 28 March 2024.
Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Mia Nie at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.

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

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

Express Media is proud to present the 2024 return of Toolkits: Fiction - an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing fiction. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises and group workshopping to guide young writers to explore storytelling and ethics, learn how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course. They will hone their skills in textual analysis, create their own original work, 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 writing fiction, 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 Thursday 28th March 2024.
Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Mia Nie at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.

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

Express Media