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 62: Novella Project VI
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions open 22 January 2018
Length: 8,000–20,000 words
Submissions now closed
Winners announced: 30 July 2018
To be published: 29 October 2018
Late last year, after a decade of an at times 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 as emotionally charged politicians passed legislation to allow same-sex marriage.
A year on, Griffith Review 62: All Being 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?
We are 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.
Once again, the Novella Project will be open to both works of fiction and long-form creative non-fiction that explore individuals, social movements, particular moments or notable episodes in the struggle towards equality. We’re looking for novellas, memoirs, biography or reportage that bring to life issues, and the stories around them, in the national narrative. They can be historical or contemporary, small scale or global, personal or philosophical, but which illustrate and bring to life the realities of political struggle in its many forms across the nation.
With the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund we will publish a minimum of five of the best works we receive.
Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Ashley Hay
Submissions now open
Deadline for full submissions: 30 July 2018
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 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.
This edition is open to works of both non-fiction and fiction that write the country through every angle, from the political and philosophical to the personal, ecological, historical and economic. We’re looking for essays, memoirs, reportage, stories and poetry that bring these issues to life.
Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions now open
Deadline for pitches (non-fiction only): July 27
Deadline for full submissions: October 2
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 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 decentralization, 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?
From public policy to governance, media to medicine, science to surveillance, research to education, democracy to digital humanities, we’re seeking stories, essays and analysis that delve into the specific ways complex technologies impact on and interrupt our already complex world. Original and insightful work – be it essay, reportage, memoir, creative fiction or non-fiction – will be welcome.