The following are journals and publications in Australia where writers can pitch their writing for publication. The list is not exhaustive, but can give writers a good sense of the current publishing landscape and provide a good starting point for seeking out publication of their writing.
An award-winning print publication about sexuality, gender and identity. It is published twice-yearly in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on lesser-heard voices and the uniqueness of our experiences.
Welcomes flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry. Contributors are paid $125.
Provides weekly online commentary on emerging social and political issues. It accepts unsolicited submissions of 800-1200 words.
Science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories that are of a “speculative” nature are considered.
Australian Book Review
ABR is one of Australia’s major cultural magazines, presenting high-quality journalism and new writing.
Baby Teeth Journal
A literature and multi-media arts journal, supporting emerging artists.
The Big Issue
An independent magazine that publishes informative and entertaining articles on a variety of subjects including arts and entertainment, street culture, lifestyle and personal profiles, as well as fiction.
Accepts poetry and short fiction in the magical realism genre.
Cordite Poetry Review accepts poetry on an ongoing basis, as well as peer-reviewed research on Australian and international poetry and poetics.
An online publication that exclusively works with and publishes Bla(c)k creatives and other creatives of colour (POC).
A bi-monthly magazine that celebrates and inspires a community of creatively inclined, curious and kind-hearted people, featuring interviews, rants, and research pieces.
Accepts essays, reportage, creative non-fiction, fiction, memoir, visual essays and poetry.
Going Down Swinging
Publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word, commentary, essays, comics, poetry and experimental work online.
A new online magazine that seeks to publish the best poetry and short fiction.
Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.
Island welcomes submissions from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Australians living abroad, of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Kill Your Darlings
KYD is an eclectic online magazine of commentary, essays, interviews, fiction and reviews.
Liminal magazine is an online space for the exploration, interrogation and celebration of the Asian-Australian experience.
One of Australia’s oldest homes for new writing. Publishes Australian fiction, essays, long-form journalism, poetry, memoir, interviews, and more.
Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry) and an online magazine, publishing non-fiction articles each week day.
The Penny Mint
A community for passionate young writers, amplifying new voices and providing a platform to publish, perform and perfect their words.
Right Now Magazine
Accepts pitches on human rights issues in Australia. Unpaid.
The Saltbush Review
For the inaugural issue of Adelaide’s new literary journal, to be launched in August, they are seeking submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir of up to 2,500 words on the theme of ‘Water.’ Shorter works such as flash fiction are also welcome, as are works that challenge genre boundaries.
Submissions are open the first week of every month, publishing feminist-friendly work under 2000 words, fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Publishing evocative, concise stories and short memoir based around a song.
Accepts poems, short stories, flash fiction and reviews, prioritizing unpublished writers.
Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians.
Publishes short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, artwork, essays and literary criticism.