The theme of the 109th issue of Voiceworks is ‘Sprawl’, but you don’t have to stick to it. Their themes are a prompt more than anything else—a springboard to get the creative ideas flowing. Most of all, they just want good work. Their motto is…
—Themed work: good
—Good work: better
—Good themed work: BEST
Voiceworks accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art and comics, but before you send it theirr way, here are some rules:
—They 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.
—They only accept work by people living in Australia (including international students) or by Australians living overseas.
—They only consider previously unpublished work.
Each category has its own submission page with specific guidelines, but here are the basics:
Fiction: send no more than two stories, each no more than 3,000 words.
Poetry: send no more than three poems, each no more than 100 lines. They recommend reading their poetry guide first.
Nonfiction: they recommend that you pitch your nonfiction work before sending it in. For completed work, send no more than two pieces, each no more than 3,000 words.
Art and comics: please keep in mind, they print in black-and-white (greyscale) and their page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. For comics, they recommend you pitch them before sending them. Please send no more than three artworks.
They encourage you to submit across genres, but please send no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).
Nonfiction pitches are due Sunday 11 June, 11:59pm.
Fiction, poetry and completed nonfiction is due Sunday 25 June, 11:59pm.
Art and comics are due Sunday 23 July, 11:59pm.
For more information or to check out their handy pitch guides, please visit the website here.