Bruce Pascoe recognised for lifetime achievement

‘My insight into Aboriginal Australia is as abbreviated as my heritage has allowed. It is as if I have been led at night to a hill overlooking country I have never seen. I am blindfolded but at dawn the cloth is removed and I am asked to open my eyes for one second, any longer and I will be killed, and then asked to describe that country.’

Griffith Review would like to congratulate Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe for being awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature this week.

In his essay in Griffith Review 36: What is Australia For?, ‘Andrew Bolt’s disappointment: Why didn’t you ring their mums?’, Pascoe relates being pilloried by Andrew Bolt in a newspaper column for ‘deciding to be black’, and considers the experience of identifying with his Aboriginal heritage.


Submissions open – GR62: All Things Equal – The Novella Project VI

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s annual novella competition. Winning entries will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 62: All Things Equal – The Novella Project VI (to be published 29 October 2017).

Length: 8,000–20,000 words
Submit here
Deadline for submissions: 21 May 2018
Winners announced: 30 July 2018

Late last year, after a decade of what was at times a bitter and divisive debate, Australians made it clear that their understanding of equality included formal recognition of the most intimate relationships. The parliament responded to the voice of the people and passed legislation to allow same-sex marriage.

A year on, Griffith Review 62: All Things Equal – The Novella Project VI will tease out what this means: is it a sign of a new-found appetite for equality? The primacy of love and family? A measure of a flawed political process, or the mark... Read more

Open for applications: Contributors Circle Varuna residencies

Griffith Review invites expressions of interest from current Contributors Circle members for a week-long writing residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House. Thanks to the support of the Graeme Wood Foundation, we are offering five week-long residencies in 2018 to Griffith Review contributors who are members of the Contributors Circle. A Varuna residency provides a week’s accommodation, meals and a private workspace to further develop a work in progress in the beautiful Blue Mountains.


Contributors Circle Varuna residencies entry guidelines

Contributors Circle members who are Australian and New Zealand citizens or residents are eligible to win one of five Varuna residencies, which include accommodation, meals and a private workspace (please note that airfares/transfers are not included).

To express your interest, email on or before 5pm, Friday 16 February 2018 with a one-page statement outlining how the residency would benefit you, including a description of the work you would undertake during the week and a brief plan for the completion of... Read more

Vale Stephen Alward

Griffith Review is deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of journalist and contributor Steven Alward.

Steven’s essay ‘Art works’ was published in Griffith Review 3: Webs of Power.

We are grateful to have worked with Steven, and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Vale Sylvia Lawson

Griffith Review is saddened to learn of the passing of contributor Sylvia Lawson on Monday 6 November.

Sylvia’s essay ‘In Pleasantville’, which explored the connections of friendship, appeared in Griffith Review 10: Family Politics.

We are grateful to have worked with Sylvia, and extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

Alice Gorman wins the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2017

Last night, archaeologist Alice Gorman’s contribution to Griffith Review 55: State of Hope won the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2017.

‘Trace fossils: The silence of Ediacara, the shadow of uranium’ – in which Gorman travels through millions of years of South Australia’s history, marking the impact of the various peoples who have occupied the land and the natural forces that have acted upon it – will be published by NewSouth Publishing in The Best Australian Science Writing 2017.

Submissions open – Griffith Review 61: Who We Are

Submissions are open for Griffith Review 61: Who We Are

Edited by Julianne Schultz and Peter Mares
Published 30 July 2018
Deadline for pitches: 1 December 2017
Deadline for full submission: 1 March 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull celebrates Australia as ‘the most successful multicultural nation in the world’. This is a grand claim and important to a sense of identity and belonging, but at times it seems that multiculturalism is more an article of faith than a work in progress. What it really means in the twenty-first century is the focus of Griffith Review 61: Who We Are, which will examine both the opportunities offered and the complexities involved.

The nation’s population has virtually doubled since 1975, and in recent years the rules around migration have been altered significantly. Those who have chosen to make their home here in the past have changed Australia, and waves of new arrivals continue to... Read more

2017 Queensland Literary Awards announced

Griffith Review congratulates the shortlisted writers and winners of the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards.

Special congratulations to Lech Blaine, an inaugural Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellow for co-winning the Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, Bill Wilkie for winning the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance and to Linda Neil and Mirandi Riwoe for receiving QLA Queensland Writers Fellowships.

Submissions open – Griffith Review 60: Renewed Promise

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 60: Renewed Promise

Edited by Julianne Schultz and Sandra Phillips
Published 30 April 2018
Submissions are for completed pieces only, via our Submittable page. The deadline is midnight, Sunday 12 November 2017.

Making peace after dispute seems the hardest thing to do. This continent’s last two hundred and thirty years reveal the ravages of unresolved disputes between peoples. Are we ready to see those ravages and settle the disputes? Are we ready to make peace and firmer ground for laws, policies, and outcomes that improve Indigenous and non-Indigenous life in Australia?

This special edition of Griffith Review, inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart, will turn these questions over to excavate history and re-imagine futures, while not forgetting the urgencies of the present. The commitment to the concept of Makarrata, ‘coming together after a struggle’ offers renewed promise. But as a response to... Read more

2017 Queensland Literary Awards – shortlist announced

Congratulations to all writers who have been shortlisted for the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards!

In particular, Griffith Review congratulates contributors Mary-Rose Macoll, Matthew Condon, Lech Blaine, Nick Earls, Ashley Hay, Linda Neil, Kim Mahood, Tara June Winch and Omar Sakr.

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