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 59: Commonwealth Now
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Jane Camens
To be published: 29 January 2018
Submissions now closed
The Commonwealth of Nations is both a legacy of another age of empires and colonisation, as well as a values-based network that links a third of the world’s population.
At a time of geopolitical uncertainty, is the Commonwealth poised to play a major role again – or will it be swept aside? This question will play out in global forums as the changes triggered by Brexit, the election of US President Donald Trump, and the rise of China and India create a new world order.
With this in mind, New Commonwealth – which features writers, artists and thinkers from around the world – explores the contemporary experience of Commonwealth citizens – confronting new challenges, reconciling the past, creating a sustainable and equitable future, settling scores, and opening new exchanges.
Griffith Review 60: Renewed Promise?
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Sandra Phillips
Deadline for submissions: 12 November 2017
Submissions now closed
To be published: 30 April 2018
Making peace after dispute seems the hardest thing to do. This continent’s last two hundred and thirty years reveal the ravages of unresolved disputes.
Are we ready to recognise those ravages and settle the disputes? Are we ready to make peace and firmer ground for laws, policies and outcomes that improve Indigenous and non-Indigenous life in Australia?
Inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Makarrata as a response to questions of constitutional recognition, Renewed Promise? is an urgent, nuanced and robust chorus calling for genuine consideration of Makarrata beyond the symbolic.
With this special edition, Griffith Review will excavate history and re-imagine the future, while not forgetting the urgencies of the present
Griffith Review 61: Who We Are
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Peter Mares
Deadline for pitches: 1 December 2017
Deadline for full submissions: 1 March 2018
To be published: 30 July 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 transform the country. Yet the apparent certainties of Australia as a permanent settler society are giving way to the precarious churn of temporary migration.
This edition will give voice to this changing reality, explore the big issues of belonging, citizenship and participation, and tease out how contemporary Australia might evolve.
This is a rich field, replete with policy questions and personal narratives. It is a success story, but the full picture is complex, and past achievements no guarantee of future results.
The nation’s boundaries are imaginary as much as physical, and constantly contested by an unsettled history and a shifting present. Renewed assertions of national identity run parallel to the increasing globalisation of opportunity and threat, as if the more fluid the world becomes, the greater the urge to hold onto something fixed and stable. Yet do we really know who ‘we’ are? Where does Australia begin and end? Who can claim to belong and who can be legitimately excluded?
Griffith Review invites submissions of essay, memoir, biography, reportage, fiction and poetry that demonstrate Who We Are.
Full submissions and pitches welcome.
Griffith Review 62: Novella Project VI
Edited by Julianne Schultz
Submissions open: March 2018
Deadline for submissions: May 2018
To be published: 29 October 2018
Griffith Review will embark upon its sixth annual novella competition in 2018.
More information will be available in early 2018.