Established in 2010 Verity La is an Australian on-line creative arts journal, publishing short fiction and poetry, cultural comment, photo-media, reviews, and interviews. As it says on the mast-head, bravery is essential in the Verity La neck of the woods, which means creative risk-taking, freedom, and – above all else – being no one but yourself. We are interested in new voices, different voices, progressive voices; we like writing that gets you in the head as well as the gut, that has a point, that isn’t afraid. Whether it’s fiction, poetry, comment or review, we want high-quality text, and by ‘high-quality’ we mean thoughtfully composed, a focus on words, words with impact.
How to get published in Verity La:
- submit your best work, work that even you as the writer – or artist – is excited about
- writing for the online environment means that you’re competing against an infinite amount of other stylish and interesting sites – aim to engage your readers within seconds. How to do this? Do it dramatically and succinctly.
- edit your work, and edit it again, and edit it one more time; make sure that you search and destroy every typo, including punctuation errors – a misplaced apostrophe is like grit in the eye
- include a simple covering email, which should briefly state your writing background so we know where you are coming from
- it may take up to three months for us to read your work and consider it for publication. If we don't get back to you within that time, feel free to query. Heaven knows we're only human and work can slip through the cracks.
- and, of course, subscribe to the journal (it's free!) so you know what sort of work we’re into
We only accept submissions during February, June and October. There is a maximum of three submissions per person during each reading period. We don't accept simultaneous submissions.
Verity La publishes in the following streams:
- Arrests of Attention: visual art
- Being Sure: creative non-fiction
- Black Wallaby: emerging Indigenous writers’ project
- Clozapine Clinic: writing engaging with experiences of individual and societal madness
- Discoursing Diaspora: a platform for work addressing issues of displacement & social justice
- /dɪsˈrʌpt/: a platform for D/deaf and disabled artists
- Heightened Talk: high-octane poetry
- Lies To Live By: short fiction
- Out Of Limbo: new creative writing from the GLBTI communities
- TWT: Travel/Write/Translation
- Lighthouse Yarns: interviews with writers, artists, thinkers and despots. If you'd like to submit an interview please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reviews: of literature and any other types of creative practice. Contact reviews editor email@example.com
We don't have oficial word-limits. Hooray for us and you! But we find up to around 5000 words suits us best.
Note: as of February 2018 all published works will receive $100 payment. Our thanks to Australia Council for the Arts for their support. Our editors continue to work in a voluntary capacity.
We welcome submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays and interviews by D/deaf and disabled creatives from anywhere in the world.
Send us brave, provocative, humorous and influential pieces that disrupt normative definitions of us, and resist mainstream expectations and approval. Send us work that enriches and extends our cultural landscapes, perspectives that go to the core of what it means to be human.
While it is very difficult to be accessible to all people at all times, we take access very seriously. Artists may submit their work as text, signed video, and audio. If work is accepted for publication, we encourage artists to assist us with access by providing audio readings of their text, text versions of their audio or signed videos, etc.
You may submit one longer piece (fiction/nonfiction/essay/interview) or a maximum of three poems.
Out of Limbo publishes the ‘coming out’ stories of Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Intersex and Bisexual (GLTIB) individuals, as well as the ‘secret stories’ of those people who haven’t yet come out but want to do so.
What we’re looking for:
- Unpublished short stories of up to 2000 words, based on, or telling the story of your own ‘coming out’.
- The ‘secret stories’ of GLTIB people who haven’t yet come out, but who want to do so, that tell us why they have decided to remain silent. These could be anything from the first conversation you had with your family about your sexuality, to the moment you first realised the truth about your own sexuality. Be creative, be brave, and above all be true to your own thoughts and feelings.
- We want well-crafted stories; the better the quality of your writing, the higher the chance that your story will be selected.
- If you wish, you can submit your story anonymously or under an alias.
What we’re looking for:
- Memoir, essays, lyric prose, short stories or a series of vignettes with the theme of travel
- Work that engages textual translation as travel, challenges the definition of travel writing, or stretches the genre’s boundary
- The place itself—a Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, city life in Brussels, the Medina in Marrakech, for example—must be a character
- Writing from as well as about place, whoever you are and wherever you live
- Up to 5000 words
Australia’s First Nations (Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders) are proud Custodians of Culture, Language, Country and Sea. It is Aboriginal people who Sing the Country, keeping it well and strong; it is Aboriginal people who have survived white invasion to raise the flag of strength: black for the people, yellow for energy and life, blood-stained red for Country.
At Ngana Banggarai we seek submissions of poetry by Australia’s First Nations people. Send us up to three poems, your best, and if selected we promise to sit with them, and you, for as long as it takes to ready your work for publication. We would love you to sing / write / shout in your voice (Language/Kreol/Aboriginal English/Standard Australian English) the poem you want the world to stop and enjoy or be unsettled by.
You may submit a maximum of three poems
You may submit a series of up to ten interrelated images at one time.
Read the full submission guidelines for Heightened Talk here.
You may submit up to three previously unpublished poems.
We are looking for short fiction and creative nonfiction that is brave. Bravery to us is
giving it a whirl
following your own voice.
We are looking for stories that dance with and against and outside of the page. They can be long or very short — there is no formal word limit.
You may submit one longer piece, or up to three very short stories in a single submission.
Read the full submission guidelines here.
The Discoursing Diaspora writing and arts project strives to provide a portal for writing that engages with the diasporic experience and which highlights the struggles, challenges and rewards of displacement. We wish to support writers and artists resisting exclusion by the dominant discourse by providing a space for their narrative and a platform for works addressing issues of social justice.
For this project, we welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay, multimedia — and anything in between.
We welcome previously unpublished writing and original works by emerging and experienced artists and writers from anywhere in the world.
You may submit one longer piece (essay/fiction/nonfiction/interview) or a maximum of three poems or 6 images.
Read the full submission guidelines for Discoursing Diaspora here.
For this project, we primarily welcome submissions of poetry, but are happy to consider fiction, nonfiction, essay, multimedia — and anything in between.
We welcome previously unpublished works by emerging and experienced writers from anywhere in the world.
Submit one longer piece (fiction/nonfiction/essay) or a maximum of three poems.Read the full submission guidelines for Clozapine Clinic here.