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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)
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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

Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal – The Novella Project VI

A year on from Australian Parliament passing legislation to allow same-sex marriage, 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 of a new approach to political decision-making?

Griffith Review is seeking stories and reportage that address this both directly and obliquely: powerfully and beautifully written works that engage with the personal, social and political challenges and opportunities that this represents.

Open to both works of fiction and long-form creative non-fiction, submit novellas, memoirs, biography or reportage that bring to life issues, and the stories around them, in the national narrative.

With the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund the Griffith Review will publish a minimum of five of the best works they receive.


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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.


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

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