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, and you'll get a sample of our eBook anthology, The Hunger!) so you know what sort of work we’re into

Read our general submission guidelines here. Really, read them! They're designed to help. Plus, click on the links below to view the more specific guidelines pertaining to your submission. We only accept submissions during March and August. There is A MAXIMUM OF 3 SUBMISSIONS per person during each reading period. WE DON'T ACCEPT SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS. But we do promise to respond to your submission within three months of receiving it. 

Verity La publishes in the following streams:

 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 2019 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.


 

Slot Machine provides a loosely regulated online payout for performative text and spoken word.

We welcome previously UNPUBLISHED VIDEO RECORDINGS of original works by emerging and experienced artists/punters from anywhere in the world. (Please note: if your video has appeared on an online public platform such as YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook, it is considered previously published and is not eligible for submission to Slot Machine.) 

Video can range from quality live performance clips shot on your phone in the second round of your local slam to professionally shot pre-recorded performative abstractions. Submissions can be in any language including Sign Language (with English subtitles or poetry transcript.)

Note: if applicable to the work, we encourage you to submit the accompanying poetic text for us to consider to be published alongside the video. Please send this as a Word Doc file.

JACKPOT. WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:                                   
  • Spoken Word
  • Performance Poetry
  • Sound Poetry
  • Slam Poetry
  • Signed Poetry
  • Hip Hop
  • Prose Monologues
  • Body Poetry
  • cherry orange lemon (blank)

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples of work we’ve published in Slot Machine, visit our Vault.  

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission

 What we’re looking for:

  • critical pieces on topical issues, both local and international
  • self-reflective pieces/memoirs that simultaneously explore wider narratives
  • fresh topics aching to be told to Verity La readers
  • experimental, hybrid and lyric narratives that stylistically accord to subject matter
  • traditional critical or narrative essays (on/with a compelling topic/twist)
  • sharp, contemporary, engaging writing
  • global perspectives
  • up to 5000 words

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples owork published on Rogue State, visit our Vault. 

Submissions accepted during the months of March and August via Submittable. Pitches accepted all year round at editor@verityla.com.

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission.

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. 

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples of work we’ve published on /dɪsˈrʌpt/ , visit our Vault.  

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission.

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Out of Limbo publishes the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-binary, intersex and asexual people — whether out of limbo, or thinking about how to get there.

What we’re looking for:
  • Your coming-out story. Tell us all about it: what happened, how it felt, what it meant. Tell it how you want to tell it. It could be in the form of creative non-fiction, an essay, a poem, a prose poem, or anything else that suits your story, including hybrid forms.
  • Your not-coming-out story. How/when did you know you were LGBTQI? Why have you decided not to come out? How does that affect your life? Or whatever else it’s important for you to write about.
  • We welcome previously unpublished works by emerging and experienced writers from anywhere in the world.
  • We’re looking for work that goes to the heart of the matter; makes us think; makes us feel.
  • We want well-crafted work — the better the quality of your work, the higher the chance your piece will be selected.
  • Please note the word limits: creative non-fiction and other prose forms, up to 1500 words; poetry, up to 60 lines.
  • Submit one prose piece or up to three poems 
  • As always for Verity La, be brave in the telling. But feel free to submit anonymously, or under an alias.

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples of work we’ve published on Out Of Limbo visit our Vault

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission. 


 For examples of work published on Out of Limbo, see our Vault.  

We love travel narratives that take us on a journey to new and unfamiliar places, or explore well-known terrain through a fresh perspective. We love stories from voices we don’t often hear, about the places they know well, told in their own way.

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

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For example of what we publish on TWT visit our Vault

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission. 

 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.

We seek submissions of poetry and prose by Australia’s First Nations people. If selected, we promise to sit with your work for as long as it takes to ready it for publication. We would love you to sing / write / shout in your voice (Language / Kreol / Aboriginal English / Standard Australian English) the story you want the world to stop and enjoy or be unsettled by. Even if your work is not accepted for publication, you’ll be offered feedback and support from our editors. 

For full submissions guidelines visit our website. 

For examples of work previously published on this project, see our Vault. 

Submissions are accepted via Submittable during March and August. You can also send your work for feedback and possible publication all year round by emailing editor@verityla.com.  

You may submit a maximum of 3 poems and/or 1 long fiction, nonfiction or memoir piece. 

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission. 

For Arrests of Attention, Verity La will consider all forms of visual art including photography, painting, drawing, animation, graphic art and images of sculpture. We are looking for striking work that reflects a strong mood, work that will engage and move the viewer, work that tells a story. Images that are both literally and figuratively dark (black & white, or muted in colour palette) are preferred.

You may submit a series of up to ten interrelated images at one time.

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For example of what we publish in Arrests of Attention visit our Vault

 Submissions are accepted during the months of March and August. 

 Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission.  


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We know there’s poetry going on in that heart of yours. You might even know this. You might even be brave enough to write some down. You might even send it into Verity La. That is brave. But is your poetry?

You may submit up to three previously unpublished poems. 

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples of what we publish in Heightened Talk visit our Vault

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission. 

We are looking for short fiction and creative nonfiction that is brave. Bravery to us is

creativity
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. (Although we find up to around 5000 words works best.)

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples of what we publish in Lies To Live By visit our Vault

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission. 

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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 10 images/audio/visual files. 

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples of what we publish in Discoursing Diaspora visit our Vault

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission.

The Clozapine Clinic Project, inspired by the surreal poetry of the late Benjamin Frater, seeks to publish writing which engages with experiences of individual and societal madness, and which highlights the creativity, synchronicity and meaning that can come with such experiences. We aim to support writers with mental health issues who are wanting to HOWL and explore the relationship between creativity and madness. 

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.

You may submit one longer piece (fiction/nonfiction/essay) or a maximum of three poems.

For full submissions guidelines visit our website

For examples of what we publish in Clozapine Clinic visit our Vault

We accept submissions during the months of March and August.  

Thanks to support from Australia Council for the Arts, we pay $100 per published submission.  


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