Writers Victoria welcomes pitches and submissions to our in-house print magazine ‘The Victorian Writer’.

We strongly advise all who submit that they read the most recent issues of ‘The Victorian Writer’ to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has previously published, and check out our upcoming themes.




  • Dec/Feb (Summer edition): Recovery – personal or planetary, pre- or post-pandemic; recovered memories/stories/culture/history; re-writing; rediscovered literary classics – deadline Mon 26 Oct 2020


  • Mar/May (Autumn edition): Wordsmith – one for the word nerds and linguaphiles: words, language, grammar, punctuation, fonts; also the labour and physicality of writing – opening and closing deadline TBC


Submission Guidelines

All submissions to The Victorian Writer must be made through our Submittable portal. Please note we do not accept submissions via email and will be unable to respond or comment on submissions sent to individual staff members via email.

We accept non-fiction, articles and extracts of 800–1,600 words (1,200 words is ideal), with particular interest in the craft of writing and the writing life.

Submissions of fiction and memoir are open to Writers Victoria members only.

All submissions should include your name, contact information, as well as the title of your piece.

To submit an article pitch or something you’ve already written, click here.

Please note, we do get many submissions and may not be able to respond with feedback in all instances.


What we pay

  • Commissions: $150 (800 words) to $200 (up to 1,200 words)
  • Member submissions: $100 (800 words) to $150 (up to 1,200 words)
  • Poems: $50 (up to 50 lines) to $75 (up to 100 lines)

Note that word length may be subject to editorial directives.

Paid commissions are also periodically available through grant funding and donations for writers with disability and writers of colour. Keep an eye on e-news, and our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds for more information.