Westerly publishes short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, artwork, essays and literary criticism.
Submissions for issue 67.1 are now open until 18 March.
BEFORE SUBMITTING: please ensure you have first read and applied the Submission Guidelines.
Submission of scholarly articles for consideration is open year-round (see style and referencing guidelines, below). For scholarly articles, please submit here. These works will now be under consideration for 2022 publication.
All academic work submitted is subject to a double-blind refereeing process, and all creative work is selected through a single-blind reading by our independent external poetry and prose editors.
We expect our contributors to be subscribers of the Magazine. While we will accept submissions from non-subscribers, should your work be accepted for publication in this instance, you will be asked to accept a subscription to the Magazine as part payment for your work.
Poetry: maximum of five poems, with maximum 50 lines each
Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: maximum 3500 words
Essays: maximum 5000 words
Reviews: between 500-700 words, to be published online or in print
Westerly will endeavour to give brief feedback on submissions on request.
Westerly is published twice a year in June and November.
- June edition deadline: third Friday in March
- November edition deadline: third Monday in August
A specific Call for Submissions will be disseminated for all Special Issues (both online and in print). Submission to these issues will be according to the specific criteria set.
We are bound by policy to pay the minimum set fees for all work published. Payment rates are:
- Poems: $120 for one poem or $150 for two or more poems
- Stories: $200
- Articles: $200
- Visual art/Intro essay: $120
- Reviews: $100
- Online Publication: $120
We aspire to pay professional writers Australian Society of Authors (ASA) rates when possible, depending on Westerly’s funding.
We expect our contributing authors to be subscribers of the journal, and support the publication which is supporting them! For this reason, we will ask any authors selected for publication who are not subscribers to accept a year’s subscription as part-payment for their work.
For submission guidelines, style guide, and to submit, visit https://westerlymag.com.au/contribute/