Submissions open –
The Novella Project VII

Following the outstanding success of Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal – The Novella Project VI, submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s seventh annual novella competition!

Boasting a prize pool of $25,000 to be shared equally among winners, The Novella Project VII is one of the richest novella competitions in the world.

All five winning entries will be selected by a panel of expert judges and will feature in Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII, which will be published in early November.

There is no theme for the 2019 competition, and both fiction and creative non-fiction works of 15,000–25,000 words will once again be eligible.

Needing some inspiration? Griffith Review’s recent celebration of the novella form, Novella November, featured instructive and reflective notes on novellas from Michelle de Kretser, Helen Garner, Nick Earls and many more. You can read all of them here.

Now, let your imagination run wild. We look... Read more

2019 Griffith Review Contributors Circle Varuna Residencies

2019 Griffith Review Contributors Circle Varuna Residencies

Griffith Review invites applications from current Contributors Circle members for a week-long writing residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House. 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.


Entry guidelines

Griffith Review Contributors Circle members who are Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents are eligible to win one of up to five residencies at Varuna, The Writers’ House in 2019. This includes a week’s accommodation, meals and a private workspace (please note that airfares/transfers are not included).

To apply for the 2019 Griffith Review Contributors Circle Varuna Residencies, submit the following through our Submittable portal before midnight, Sunday 10 March 2019:

  • a statement outlining how the residency would benefit you;
  • a description of the work you would undertake during the week;
  • an overview of the project and brief plan for its completion;
  • and... Read more

Submissions now open –
Crimes and Punishments

Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions now open
Submissions close: 4 February 2019
Publication date: 6 August 2019
Submit here

What is it about crime stories that make people hunger for them? The volume of content produced in these genres – from the pages of mysteries and thrillers to audio and visual dramas and reconstructions – hints at a primal and deeply ingrained fascination with the darker side of human nature.

This fascination is often rooted in fictional material. But the ways that crimes play out in the real world – and the ways they are dealt with by both our justice systems and our differing approaches to and arenas for punishment – are often more complex, compelling and shocking than the most complicated imagined plots.

Beyond the impact of individual cases, broader discussions about justice and punishment continue to attract attention. Debates on prison privatisation... Read more

Novella Project VI winners announced

Griffith Review is pleased to announce the winners of the sixth annual Novella project, supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Congratulations to Miriam Sved, Erin Gough, Daniel Young, Holden Sheppard and Lucy Neave who will join Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellows Rosie Funder, Anne Richards and Victoria Carless, as well as Anthony Macris and Ronnie Scott in Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal.

Judges Melissa Lucashenko, Benjamin Law, Dennis Altman and Aviva Tuffield, and the Griffith Review editorial team, selected the winning pieces from sixty entries.

Published 29 October 2018, Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal explores the texture of equality, bringing to life the big issues in the national narrative and the stories around them.

The Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellowships are funded by Arts Queensland. Entries are currently open for the 2019–20 program. The Griffith Review Novella Project is an annual competition-based program supported by Copyright Agency’s... Read more

2019-2020 Queensland
Writing Fellowships

Griffith Review is now accepting submissions for the 2019–2020 Queensland Writing Fellowships

Up to six fellowships of $3,000–$7,000 will be awarded in 2018 to Queensland writers, or those with strong ties to Queensland. The Fellowships are designed to enable writers across all genres to develop a well-considered work or further develop a work already underway, or to facilitate the next stage of a work in progress.

In 2018 Griffith Review particularly encourages submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of diverse backgrounds and at all career stages. Entrants are encouraged to consider their proposals in light of current Griffith Review call-outs, including themes of digital disruption, the contemporary genres of gender, and the annual novella edition. (More details on plans for 2019 will be available here on the Griffith Review website in the coming weeks.)

Submissions may be in the form of essay, memoir, reportage or novella (fiction and creative non-fiction). An integrated project outline, including... Read more

Submissions now open –
The New Disruptors

Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions now open
Deadline for pitches (non-fiction only): 5 August
Deadline for full submissions: 2 October
Submit here
To be published: 29 April 2019

The original pioneers of Silicon Valley dreamed of a better world, but digital disruption has become a threatening catchphrase in recent years. Many of the technologies now at our fingertips are deliberately disruptive, changing industries, economies, politics and institutions and many facets of our lives from work and romance to art and travel.

These new tools allow us to know more and find out more. We are better connected, and our information ecosystem is richer. But new opportunities for manipulation and abuse are also emerging: we’re starting to see the enormity of changes and effects that are already underway, and their ethical, moral and social consequences are huge.

A focus on fakes news, surveillance capitalism, the weaponisation of... Read more

Submissions now open –
Writing the Country

Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Ashley Hay
Submissions now open
Deadline for full submissions: 30 July 2018 (no pitches)
Submit here
To be published: 28 January 2019

Place. Land. Country. Home. These words frame the settings of our stories. In 2019, Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country focuses on Australia’s vast raft of environments to investigate how these places are changing and what they might become; what is flourishing and what is at risk.

The environmental vocabulary of our times requires dramatic terms: extinctions and endings; tipping points and collapses; bottlenecks and cascade effects. In recent years the genre applied to stories of place has morphed from ‘nature writing’ through ‘new nature writing’ to ‘post-nature writing’, and the relationship between people and their environment has shifted from one of innocence to one of anxiety.

Is this simply an urban age? Or is it fundamentally different? Is... Read more

A new phase for Griffith Review

Ashley Hay has been appointed editor of Griffith Review, and founding editor Julianne Schultz will become publisher of the highly regarded quarterly of current affairs and culture. Griffith Review is published by Griffith University in conjunction with Text Publishing, and is supported by the Australia Council, Copyright Agency and Arts Queensland, patrons, donors and subscribers.

Dr Hay is a distinguished author, journalist and editor with a unique set of skills across literature, science and current affairs. She said she welcomed the opportunity to take on the editorship of Griffith Review.

‘It is my dream job,’ she said. ‘Griffith Review has made such a major contribution to the writing and public affairs world over the past fifteen years. I welcome the opportunity to build on this tradition and ensure that the quarterly continues to thrive and adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities. This publication is needed more than ever as the media and... Read more

First Things First in Melbourne

Griffith Review 60: First Things First was launched at ANZSOG in Melbourne on Monday 25 June, with the help of Commissioner for Treaty Advancement Jill Gallagher and Professor Mark Moran.

Congratulations to our longlisted Miles Franklin Award contributors

The longlist for the 2018 Miles Franklin Award has been announced, and Griffith Review is delighted to extend our congratulations to four of our contributors who have been nominated: Catherine McKinnon for Storyland, Eva Hornung for The Last Garden, Jane Rawson for From the Wreck, and Kim Scott for Taboo.

Catherine’s McKinnon’s novel began life as the novella ‘Will Martin‘, which we published in Griffith Review 50: Tale Tales Short, while we included an extract – ‘One short mile from land‘ – from Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck in Griffith Review 55: State of Hope. Kim Scott’s essay ‘Not so easy: Language for a shared history’ appeared in Griffith Review 47: Looking West, and Eva Hornung’s association with us goes back a long way, with her essay ‘A ride in a taxi‘ appearing in our very first edition, Insecurity in the New World Order.

The full... Read more

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