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

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.

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.

Dear Miss Fortune: A Cover Letter

Cam Gilmour writes a cover letter to address the needs of carping employers everywhere.

The Latest from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Snow-White and Rose-Red by the Brothers Grimm

The Meditations Part I: Nathan Curnow on 'Boy Got a Bullet'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to the thirty-third issue of Going Down Swinging. This reflection comes from Nathan Curnow on his poem...

A Small Boy

My First Orgy

Writers have changed. No more are they sitting pretty in brothels and brocade drawing rooms diligently scribbling into their goat paper. No more are they sipping absinthe in bohemian...

On Rejection