Submission Guidelines

Online Submissions and Pitches (Closed)

Going Down Swinging publishes creative non-fiction, spoken word, commentary, essays, comics and experimental work online.

We want work that is relevant but timeless, and appeals to both an Australian and international audience. We want work that dances on the boundaries and punches you in the gut. We fall hard for work that was born to be online and work that doesn’t belong anywhere else. Dip into our archives and current features to get a feel for what we’re looking for.

We generally publish pieces up to 2,000 words in length, but we can be convinced to break our own rules for a piece that breaks our hearts. If you are pitching, please also send links to examples of other work you’ve done, if you have them. This helps us get a feel for the tone and personality of your writing, and to find out whether it’s a perfect match. We are also happy to receive submissions in full.

We pay all our contributors. Payment is dependant on the length, format and other specifics of the piece.

There’s no limit to how many pitches you can send, but please only send us your best and brightest ideas. We generally only accept work that has not been published elsewhere.

Submissions and pitches for online should be sent to

Online Artwork/Illustration Expressions of Interest (Closed)

We are always giddy to hear from artists and illustrators who may have an online project in mind, a piece they think suits GDS online, or who just want to keep in touch. We often commission illustrations to accompany our feature pieces, so if you’re handy with these kinds of things get in touch with links and/or attachments of previous work, and any ideas you’ve been saving for a rainy day.

We pay all our contributors. Payment is dependant on the specifics of the work/project.

Artwork/illustration expressions of interest for online should be sent to

Print Submissions (Closed)

Stay tuned for updates on submission deadlines for edition 39 via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and by signing up to our mailing list.

Who knows what shape our thirty-ninth edition will take? That’s part of the fun.

So far we’ve produced thirty-eight years’ worth of creative work. That’s thirty-five anthologies. Seven live albums. Three digital editions. Not to mention a multiformat long-form collection, a limited-edition hardcoversixteen spoken word albums and an international exhibition.

Want to know what we’re looking for in the meantime? To see what we’ve produced in recent times, consider purchasing a previous edition of Going Down Swinging. It’s good for you. It’s good for us.