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Going Down Swinging is one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals: publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 and producing sensational, sold-out live events.
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Where fierce, fresh writing lives. Here you’ll find opinions, profiles, poetry, stories, reviews, treasures from our archives and food for the mind. All the things you need to go down swinging.

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Everything from sound projects to spoken word, from past editions and new content commissioned for online publication.

How to Bend Language to Your Will (in Eight Easy Steps)

‘What’s in a name?’ Voldemort might ask. ‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.’ But would it? Would a Blose™, with a smell to ‘blow...

Stealing from the Past

Jenny Sinclair explores why, and how, historical fiction is worthwhile – through the life of Queen Victoria's would-be assassin, Edward Oxford.

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

Election

Una Cruickshank’s satirical take on the 2013 federal election – Scout-style. The meeting convened in the Scout hall at exactly 7pm. Having made sure that all the parents had...

Excerpt from 'Little Monsters'

A sneak preview from Briohny Doyle's <i>Going Down Swinging #33</i> essay, Little Monsters.

A Writer’s Silence

Omar J. Sakr learns to deal with the silence that comes with freelancing.

How to Make a Buck in the Henhouse

So The Monthly’s editor, John van Tiggelen, recently made public his spat with former editor (now Good Weekend editor) Ben Naparstek. If you didn’t catch it, it was all...