Griffith Review is designed to foster and inform public debate and to provide a bridge between the expertise of specialists and the curiosity of readers. We wish to give writers the space to explore issues at greater length, with more time for reflection than is possible under the relentless pressure of daily events. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for established and emerging writers, thinkers and artists to tease out complexity and contradiction and propose new ways of thinking and seeing. Check out our writers' guidelines for further information.
Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country
Edited by Ashley Hay and Julianne Schultz
Submissions now closed
Publication date: 5 February 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 this the anthropocene, capitalocene, eramocene, homogenocene? And is it still possible to dream of ecotopias somewhere further down the track?
Whatever the labels or language, how we speak of and to the world we live in requires us to make sense of where we are and where we’re going, describing, interrogating and analysing from the smallest to the grandest of scales.
In the second issue of Griffith Review, published in 2004, Melissa Lucashenko wrote of 'earthspeaking, talking about this place, my home'. All these years later, the need to hear all sorts of earthspeak has perhaps never been more urgent.
Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions now closed
Publication date: 30 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 data and the gig economy can make the promise of revolution feel more like a dystopia. Is the world of Facebook, Amazon, Google and Uber one of decentralisation, anti-elitism and individual freedom – or surveillance, monopoly and control?
Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors takes a wide-ranging look at the upheavals that have come with our increasingly technological world. What drives the development of new technologies? What are the impacts of their application – their unintended consequences as well as those they’re designed for? How can we define or regulate the futures of such continually evolving and novel tools? How do they complement or threaten the ideas and institutions of civic space? What is the interface between trust and technology? How much of the established order is up for grabs, or will the future be like the past but with devices everywhere?
Nearly six hundred years ago, the invention of the printing press changed the world. Will digital metamorphosis now bring us to the cusp of an equally revolutionary moment?
What is it about crime stories that make people hunger for them?
Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments invites stories that brush with the law: from felons to forensics, from true crime to social justice, from corruption and criminology to Koori courts and other revolutionary reforms. We seek essays, reportage, and stories – fiction and non-fiction – as well as memoir and poetry that delve into the narratives, the policies and the procedures of the myriad aspects of crime, justice and punishment in Australia today.
Full submissions only (no pitches).
Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s annual novella competition.
Winning entries will share in a $25,000 prize pool, supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and will be published in Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII.
There is no theme for the 2019 competition, and works of both fiction and creative non-fiction will be eligible.
Length: 15,000–25,000 words.