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Submissions Around Town: July

Submissions Around Town in July


Tupulo Press is open for submissions of book-length and chapbook-length poetry until Thursday July 31. Published works will be distributed across the United States, but poets of any nationality are welcome to enter.

In celebration of The Stella Prize, the Suburban Review will be releasing an issue called the Stellar Edition to celebrate the literary feats of women. The deadline for submissions of short fiction, poetry, artwork and photography is Sunday August 3. They’re running a Pozible campaign that will allow them to pay all contributors $100, so if you’d like to donate, see the website for details.

And of course Ricochet is still accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, reviews, artwork and photography until Friday August 1.

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Freelancing? Where to Pitch


In case you haven’t heard of it, Pitch, Bitch! is a brilliant new initiative that encourages young female writers to pitch their work for publication.

It was established as a community for female writers who may feel inadequate about their writing prowess, in comparison to male peers who, anecdotally at least, aren’t as discouraged by rejection. The first Wednesday of every month has been designated Pitch, Bitch day, and those who participate can use the #pitchbitch hashtag on Twitter to post about their achievements.

The great thing about the Pitch, Bitch! Tumblr is that it’s a stellar resource for all fledgling freelancers, not just those of the female persuasion. It’s full of interviews with editors, successful pitch examples and advice articles about how not to pitch and how to respond to criticism.

With all that on hand, it can still be hard to know where to send your pitch, particularly when you want to get paid and there are so many not-for-profit and volunteer-based publications out there. Who Pays Writers in Australia? is a good place to start – writers anonymously post pay rates for popular commercial websites and print publications, and there are notes of caution about late payers and tricksy organisations, so you can tread in knowing what to expect. It’s a few years old but the Emerging Writers’ Festival also has a list of pay rates for various magazines and websites.

In honour of tomorrow’s #pitchbitch day, we’ve put together a list of publications that do pay, and a breakdown of the subjects they are interested in (some were hard to pigeonhole, so they’ve been slotted into several categories).

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Ricochet Magazine: May Edition

The May edition of Ricochet Magazine is now available for download on our literary journal page.

Ricochet Magazine - May Edition


The May edition features…

The Faraway Nearby (review) by Nick Gadd
Questions of Travel (review) by Victoria Nugent
Green Bench, Blue Church by Laura McPhee-Browne
Baby My Baby by Alexandra Scale
Small Claims by Kate Robin-White
TOUR LE MONDE (Degustation Menu) by Sasha Shtargot
Before School by Amber Dique-Bellette
The Least Spiritual Animal by Steve Brightman
Unusual Shapes by Steve Brightman
Take me Swimming by Natalie Harman
Blue Poles by Anthony Myraid
A Good Deed Has Its Own Reward by Annette Siketa
Disaster Song by Gregory Crosby
Fast Song by Gregory Crosby
[She] by Hannah Forrest
Sanctuary by Sarah Marchant
Two Oaks by Jocelyn Richardson
The Snow by Tyler Tsay
A Practical Bone by Laura McPhee-Browne

Ricochet Preview: Green Bench, Blue Church by Laura McPhee-Browne

This was the winner of our book pack for favourite Australian short story. 

Green Bench, Blue Church by Laura McPhee-Browne

The baby was in bed with her now. She had her arms around its impossibly tiny body and its warm head close on her belly. The girl, for she was only a girl and not a mother despite what the nurse had said, was cold and knew the baby would be too. She’d no heating in this flat, just piles of paper and clothes which she sometimes considered throwing into the fireplace and setting alight for the warmth. Instead she lay still and considered her heart. Imagined it inside her chest so still and strange. The baby was ten days old and the girl’s heart didn’t pulse for the baby. Though she would hold it close for now.


The girl had lived a sort of heady life – out of home at fourteen then heroin to show them, heroin to please him, heroin to pretend until now. She was so young and had known more about the bitumen than herself, how it melted in the Melbourne summer and stuck to her shoes as she sat, nodding near the park at midday. The girl’s shoes had electric yellow curly laces she had stolen from Big W near closing time on a Saturday night. They made her smile.

After two the girl got out from under the covers with a sweaty sheen on her chest. The baby was dribbling and felt too hot so she brought it to the sink for a sort of bath. She let the cool water drip through her fingers onto the baby’s belly button and fat kicking legs. The girl tried not to think about how she had felt before the baby was born, purple and red, from her vagina. The appointments at the clinic had begun each time on a ratty chair in the waiting room, her hands clasped over her big stomach and a pink smile on her face. Each appointment seemed more real than anything else and she loved the way the doctor would talk to her, soft and clear and exact, telling her about how her child was faring inside of her and what to expect upon birth. The warmth of her body from the baby inside had helped her to stop being sad and she thought that perhaps this was what she was going to be; a young and capable mother, wheeling her pram and cooing to her babe amongst the throng.

Read the rest of this story when Ricochet Magazine goes live at 12pm (AEST) on Monday May 19.


Laura McPhee-Browne is a social worker and writer of short stories and poetry from Melbourne, currently living in Toronto. Laura tweets micro-fiction daily @laurahelenmb.

Ricochet Preview: Baby My Baby by Alexandra Scale

This was the winner of our book pack for favourite Australian poem. 

Baby My Baby

Bunched up, blighted,
Clutched tight against
My breastbone.

This, our coveted life-light,
With finger clams,
Apple cheeks and
Glossy moon-eyes.

This, our tiny creation,
Apportioned to you—
Unwitting father.

This, our little
Love spawn.


Alexandra Scale is a keen word enthusiast studying a Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) at Deakin University. She is currently on exchange at the University of Iceland; you can catch up on all her wanderings and ramblings at

Our Book Pack Prize Winners

We’re hard at work on our next edition (mark it in your calendars – it all goes live on May 19!)

But first, we’d like to announce the winners of our book prize packs, which go out to the authors of our favourite Australian short story and poem. It was a tough decision, because we were really pleased and impressed by the overall standard of submissions. We’d like to thank everyone (both Aussies and overseas folk) who took the time to send something in.

Barney grinning

A big congratulations to our winners: 

Green Bench, Blue Church by Laura McPhee-Browne

Baby My Baby
by Alexandra Scale

You can expect to receive your snazzy book packs in the mail next week.

If you’d like to take a peek at the winning pieces, we’ll be posting excerpts before the magazine’s official launch on Monday May 19.

To everyone else who submitted short stories, poems and non-fiction, we’re in the process of finalising our feedback. If you haven’t heard back from us by early next week, please feel free to email us, or poke us with a very sharp stick.

Submissions Around Town: April



Laundry, a literary magazine with a focus on fashion, is accepting fiction and creative non-fiction no longer than 7000 words for inclusion in its next print edition.

The Rainbow Journal, a bimonthly online journal, is seeking poetry connected in any way to the theme ‘sunset’. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday April 30.

Entries are now open for the Big Issue fiction edition, which has previously featured big authors like Christos Tsiolkas and Kate Holden.  All submissions are assessed blind, so emerging writers are encouraged to send something in. The theme this year is ‘take me away’ and the closing date is Friday June 6.

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Submissions Around Town: March

Submissions around town - March


Elsewhere is looking for prose poetry and flash fiction that lives on the outskirts, where things are always almost said. Works feature online alongside beautiful photography. There is no closing date, but a new edition is published every two months.

Overland will be publishing work by new and emerging writers in a special online edition in mid-April. Writers will be paid $100 per story. Submissions close Monday March 10.

Writing the Walls Down, a multi-genre anthology that will explore the physical and metaphorical significance of walls in the lives of LGBTQ people, is accepting stories from international authors until Tuesday April 1 (submissions have been extended to this date, so please ignore the January deadline on their call out page).


The Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Awards are open for entries with the theme ‘homecomings’ until Friday March 7.

The Henry Lawson Verse and Short Story Competition is accepting entries in a number of verse and short story categories until Friday March 28. A $2500 prize pool is up for grabs.

The FAW Queensland Poetry Competition is looking for poetry with passion, beauty and an understanding of life and its complexities until Monday March 31. First prize is $200, and two encouragement awards are worth $50.


Lip Magazine is currently searching for a Managing Editor, who will oversee the daily running of the Lip website. This is a voluntary position that requires a commitment of 2 to 4 hours a day, depending on the amount of content to manage. Candidates will need a demonstrated ability to manage a team of writers and editors in addition to writing skills and a familiarity with Lip. Applications close Monday March 10.

Soot Magazine is seeking freelance writers with an interest in music, pop culture, literature and fashion to make ongoing contributions to the Soot website. This is an internship role, though a good way to build your profile. As bonus, you’ll also have the opportunity to interview some big-name artists, actors and performers.

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is looking for a part time Associate Producer (Keynote Project), and an Artists Services Coordinator to liaise with artists and handle core administrative tasks.  Applications for both positions close Friday March 21.

The Guardian is filling a variety of roles in both Sydney and Melbourne – reporters, a subeditor, a PR/marketing manager and a deputy comment and culture editor, among others. Take a look at their website for full position descriptions.

Submissions Around Town: February

Novelist at work


Writer’s Edit will be publishing the ultimate writer’s companion later in the year. They are looking for literary fiction, poetry, essays and lengthy pieces of writing advice until Friday February 28.  

Mary, a Melbourne based creative and academic journal, is seeking previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays and comics for its next print edition. Deadline is Friday April 4.

The Suburban Review is accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art under the theme ‘Alien’ until Friday April 4.

And just a reminder that Ricochet Magazine  is currently accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, book reviews, photography and visual art for our upcoming online edition. The Australian authors of our favourite short story and poem will each receive a special book gift pack. Submissions close on Friday April 4.

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Open for Submissions

Ricochet Magazine is open for submissions

We’re now accepting submissions! 

It’s on! We’re looking for innovative, daring and spectacular short fiction (up to 3,000 words), non-fiction, memoir, poetry, book reviews, photography and visual art for publication in our next issue.

If you’re unsure about anything, feel free to us your send pitches, questions and ideas and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible with our feedback.

Please send your work to The selections process can take some weeks, so be patient with us. Expect to hear back from us 3-4 weeks after the submissions closing date.

The authors of our favourite short story and poem will each receive a special book gift pack!*

*Please note that due to postage costs this will be offered to Australian submissions only.

Unfortunately we can’t afford to pay for all submissions at this stage, as much as we would like to. What we can offer is an opportunity to share your work with a wider audience and editorial mentoring as needed.

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will aim to provide you with in depth feedback as soon as we can (response time will depend on the number of submissions we receive).

The final magazine will be a downloadable PDF publication. Past editions are available for download here.

Deadline: Friday April 4, 2014


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