For writers and illustrators. But read up, because this time it’s different.

Our next collection will be made up of long pieces. Properly long, from around 10,000 words up to the length of a short book. Each will be paired with an illustrator and published as part of a multi-format collection in 2015.

We’ve already selected a short story collection and an extended graphic art piece, so we’re especially interested in non-fiction, extended fiction and verse.

Send us:

  • Long-form essays on any subject, (auto)biographical writing, creative non-fiction.
  • Detailed pitches, if you can complete the work in the next three months.
  • Long-form fiction, whether one long piece or several linked stories.
  • Entire poetry collections or extended verse (upward of 500 lines).
  • Entire short story collections.
  • Extended graphic / comic art pieces.
  • Illustrators will be commissioned, so link to or send a folio to show us your style.

Don’t throw a bunch of random stories or poems together and pretend they’re a collection. The contents need to hang together as with any manuscript.

Don’t send a third of a bad novel that you never managed to finish and call it a novella.

Don’t pad out any existing work with enough extra pages to drag it over the word count.

Do follow the submission guidelines, listed below. Submissions close November 27.

Do read Going Down Swinging first. Most of what we publish comes from readers, because they know what suits us. Recent print editions are No. 35 and No. 33, and digital editions are No. 34 and No. 31.

Audio submissions won’t be part of this edition as it coincides with our One Night Wonders album releases, but we will consider individual spoken word tracks for publication online at any time.

We want the extended stand-alone work that you’ve had sitting in a drawer, and that doesn’t really fit any other publication. All published work is paid in Australian dollars, books and subscriptions.





Submissions that do not follow these guidelines cannot be accepted or responded to.

  • One item per author.
  • Put your pen name and the type of work (non-fiction, poetry, etc) in the subject line.
  • Writers use .doc or .docx format, 12-point font, lines spaced by at least 1.5 times.
  • Visual artists link to your online folio, or send a sample of work, not specific works for publication.

Thanks world, we’ll look forward to seeing your work.

Feature image by Harley Manifold

Comic panel by Pat Grant