Monash University’s creative writing annual is now calling for submissions for Verge 2016.
Verge is in its 12th year of production and will be launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) later this year. MWF is Victoria’s premier literary event and more details can be viewed at http://mwf.com.au/mwf-2016/.
The theme for 2016 is: Futures
What has been; what is now; what is coming?
The future can be a reflection of the past, it can break away from the old, or it can hover in a mist of the unknown; it can embody all our hopes for a better world or overwhelm us with uncertainty and despair. If life is a journey, what path are you on, and what paths do you see stretching out through the world for people whose experiences differ.
The editors of Verge 2016 invite the submission of all forms of creative works, including poetry, graphic novel, photo essay, short story, narrative non-fiction and personal essay that explore these ideas. Pieces addressing pertinent issues such as asylum seekers, LGBTIQ identities and visibility, Indigenous rights, gender inequality, environmental concerns and socio-economic disparity are particularly welcomed, as are pieces by authors of diverse and under-represented backgrounds and social groups.
All submissions will be blind-reviewed, and published contributors will receive a nominal payment. Prizes will be awarded for the best work in each major writing category.
Verge 2016 is open for submissions until midnight on Sunday 10 April 2016.
1. Open to emerging and established writers.
2. No submission fee.
3. Must be an original unpublished work and not be under consideration elsewhere.
4. Poetry: maximum 60 lines; Graphic novel and photo essay: print quality, maximum 4 pages; Short story, narrative non-fiction and personal essay: maximum 3000 words.
5. 12-point font; Times New Roman; A4 page with 2.5cm margins; minimum 1.5 line spacing. Please note: authors of works requiring specific layout or white-space can request details for final page dimensions of the printed issue.
6. If a text file, use a header with the title of your work and the page number. Your name must not appear on your work.
7. Each submission must be saved as ‘Your name – Title of the work’ (maximum 3 submissions).
8. Acceptable file formats: .doc, .docx and .rtf for text files; .jpeg, .psd and .png for image files. Contact the editors with any queries.
9. Include a cover letter that has your name, address, email, phone number and a 50-word third-person bio.
10. Submit only electronic copies with the subject heading ‘Submission’ to firstname.lastname@example.org or in a private message to the Verge 2016 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/verge2016 by midnight on Sunday 10 April 2016