About Griffith Review

Since 2003, Griffith Review has been the leading literary magazine in Australia with an uncanny ability to anticipate emerging trends.

Each themed collection presents fresh insights and analysis of the big issues from pre-eminent Australian and international writers.

Its unique model features a mix of essays, memoir, reportage, short fiction, poetry and visual essays by emerging and established authors who tease out the complexity of current events.

Griffith Review is a high quality, agenda-setting, quarterly publication, delivering insight into the issues that matter most in a timely, authoritative and engaging fashion.

Griffith Review also plays an important role in supporting new and emerging writers alongside established authors, connecting them to a significant national audience and enriching public life. Scores of writers have had their first professional publication in Griffith Review, many of whom have consequently secured publishing contracts, scholarships and awards.

Publisher: Professor Martin Betts, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Griffith University


Praise for Griffith Review

‘Essential reading for each and every one of us.’ Readings

‘A varied, impressive and international cast of authors.’ Australian

‘Griffith Review is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in current affairs, politics, literature and journalism.' Professor of London Business School

'The timely, engaging writing lavishly justifies the Brisbane-based publication’s reputation as Australia’s best example of its genre.’ West Australian

‘Griffith Review enjoys a much-deserved reputation as one of the best literary journals in Australia. Its contribution to conversations and informed debate on a wide range of topical issues has been outstanding.’ Hon Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Queensland Government

‘This quarterly magazine is a reminder of the breadth and talent of Australian writers. Verdict: literary treat.’ Herald Sun

‘At a time when long form journalism is under threat and the voices in our public debate are often off-puttingly condescending, hectoring and discordant, Griffith Review is the elegant alternative.’ Booktopia Buzz

‘Griffith Review is Australia’s leading literary journal.’ Monocle

‘Surveying the textured literary landscape that constitutes a Griffith Review issue can lead to some surprising reappraisals of the way we read texts, culture and ideas.’ Melbourne Review

‘Griffith Review is a wonderful journal. It’s pretty much setting the agenda in Australia and fighting way above its weight… You’re mad if you don’t subscribe.’ Phillip Adams

‘Griffith Review is the vantage not of the outraged so much as the frustrated, a reliable forum for passionate criticisms aimed at the inadequacy of political discourse in contemporary Australia.’ Australian Book Review


Sir Samuel Walker Griffith

Sir Samuel Griffith was one of Australia’s great early achievers. Twice the premier of Queensland, that state’s chief justice and the author of its criminal code, he was best known for his pivotal role in drafting agreements that led to Federation, and as the new nation’s first chief justice. He was also an important reformer and legislator, a practical and cautious man of words.

Griffith died in 1920 and is now best remembered in his namesakes: an electorate, a society, a suburb and a university. Ninety-six years after he first proposed establishing a university in Brisbane, Griffith University, the city’s second, was created. His commitment to public debate and ideas, his delight in words and art, and his attachment to active citizenship is recognised by the publication that bears his name.

Like Sir Samuel Griffith, Griffith Review is iconoclastic and non-partisan, with a sceptical eye and a pragmatically reforming heart and a commitment to public discussion. Personal, political and unpredictable, it is Australia’s best conversation.

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