Southerly Literary Journal Submissions Essays

Southerly calls for papers for their new issue, 77.2 The Long Apprenticeship.For this issue, Southerly seeks writing from students from secondary and tertiary students, as well as established writers.

The techno-driven, identity- and flag-obsessed, post-modern, post-human, post-capitalist, post-truth world fissures thinking from making, craft from responsibility. Writing is the time to think deeply upon world and language, the fusing of thinking and making.

The journey from fledgling writer to author is often long, beset by hardships, both existential and economic, and too often only ends with death, or defeat (not mutually exclusive). Yet Creative Writing is the growing discipline of universities, and writing is the very stuff of blogs, fan-fiction, e-book profusions. Why, when the myth that the cultural capital of education and artistic merit will buy entry into the wealth-ever-more-concentrated into the hands-of-the-ever fewer is increasingly evident as myth, why then this continued turn to writing, to the long apprenticeship?

Philosopher Richard Sennett says that ‘slow craft time enables the work of reflection and imagination—which the push for quick results cannot’  (295). The slowness of writing transforms individuals; the body of work and the body of self. Writing, in its own way, in its own time, penetrates a culture, a politics.

The swiftness of writing-flow instantiates possibility.

Southerly is looking for essays on all aspects of the idea of writing and the writing subject. Fiction, memoir and poetry need not be themed. This issue seeks a snapshot of Australian writing today, from those beginning their long apprenticeship to those whose work is well-known, loved and acclaimed. We welcome submissions from secondary school students, undergraduates and other young writers. Themes include but are not limited to:


  • Essays that explore trajectories of Australian writing, including juvenilia, and literary forms, such as Bildungsroman and Künstlerroman
  • The tensions of tradition and innovation
  • The changing nature, model and imperatives of writing today
  • Universities as the new Medieval Master’s House
  • Cognitive poetics


With academic essays, please keep in mind that Southerly is a journal devoted to Australian literature. Please submit only one story, one personal essay, or up to 5 poems, at a time. Short fiction and literary non-fiction texts should be no more than 5000 words. Please submit your texts online to:  “The Long Apprenticeship” category in Submittable. You can refer to Southerly’s guidelines here.

Submissions due: 1st September 2017

The issue will be published in October 2017

Richard Sennett, The Craftsman, Penguin Books: 2008.



















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Persian speakers from Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have influenced Australian culture in many ways. What are the evocations of Persian themes in Australian writing and culture? What are the contemporary heirs to Judith Wright’s poem ‘Hafiz of Shiraz’? And what is the image of Australia in contemporary Persian texts? Guest editors Laetitia Nanquette and Ali Alizadeh are calling for submissions of poems, stories, non-fiction and literary papers for a special issue of Southerly focusing on literary transactions between Australian and Persian cultures. The editors are also interested in writings from Iranian, Afghan and Tajik writers engaging with Australia in any way. As the Persian-speaking community is becoming stronger in Australia and its cultural production diversifies, this issue aims to offer to an Australian audience a rich sample of texts and perspectives focusing on Australian-Persian perspectives. This includes but is not limited to:

–       Persia and the contemporary nations of Persian culture (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan) in the Australian literary imaginary
–       Literary relations and cultural interactions between Australian and Persian-speaking nations
–       Contemporary Australian writers of Persian origin and their texts
–       The reception of Persian texts in Australia
–       New forms of cultural or literary interaction between Persian-speaking cultures and the West
–       New works of creative writing, by authors from any background, that speak to the themes and motifs of Persian culture and history

With academic essays, please keep in mind that Southerly is a journal devoted to Australian literature. Please submit only one story, one personal essay or up to 5 poems, at a time. Short fiction and literary non-fiction texts should be around 2,000-6,000 words. Submissions can be in English or Persian. Please submit your texts online to the correct  “Persian Passages” category in Submittable. You can refer to Southerly’s guidelines here.

Submissions due: 1st September 2016

The issue will be published in April 2017


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