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.


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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?


Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions now closed
Publication date: 6 August 2019

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.


Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions now open
Submissions close: 29 March 2019
Winners announced: May 2019
Publication date: 4 November 2019
Submit here

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 forward to reading your work!

The Novella Project VII is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund.

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