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 submision. 

We only accept submissions during February and August. There is a maximum of three 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 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.


 

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

For this project, we’re seeking submissions by anyone not willing to submit to the limits of the spoken word form: spoken word artists, performance and sound poets, hip hop emcees, two-line bandits and anyone who talks the walk across the wide narrow bridge that is poetry slam.  

We welcome previously unpublished video recordings of original works by emerging and experienced artists/punters from anywhere in the world.


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)

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.

Editor/Curator: David Stavanger

 

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 examples owork published on Rogue State, visit our Vault.

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

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. 

Ends on August 30, 2018

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.


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


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 five 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 five poems in one 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. 
Ends on August 30, 2018

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?

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

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.)

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 10 images/audio/visual files. 

Read the full submission guidelines for Discoursing Diaspora here


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.

Read the full submission guidelines for Clozapine Clinic here


Verity La