Griffith Review is a literary and current affairs journal that is aimed at a general readership. Although they are part of a university, they are not an academic publication.
They publish works by established and emerging writers. Most of their contributors are from Australia, some from overseas. They also curate each edition loosely around a particular theme.
According to their website, they like writing that is erudite yet accessible, provocative yet persuasive – but what is most important to them is that their writers have the space to express themselves in their own voice. They run open calls for submissions throughout the year.
Submission Guidelines For Griffith Review
- Their call-outs for non-fiction are open four times a year inviting full submissions in response to a loose edition theme.
- Fiction call-outs are open four times a year and invite full submissions for short fiction on any subject. However, short fiction does not need to align with edition themes.
- Poetry call-outs are open four times a year and invite full submissions for poetry on any subject. Also, poetry does not need to align with edition themes.
This edition of Griffith Review surveys our need to idealise, sensationalise and glamorise – and asks what the circular nature of our obsessions says about our present cultural moment.
They are looking for non-fiction and fiction that addresses the theme.
They want submissions only, not pitches. Also, they prefer pieces that are not longer than 4,000 words. They can of course, be much shorter than that.
For the poets, they will be opening a separate poetry call-out in late October, you keep an eye on their social media and newsletter.
Check out their website for their submission form and more about this editions theme.
Submissions close will close on the 15th October, 2023.
Fees are negotiated by word length, except for contributors employed by universities who, are paid a flat fee.
Once they have agreed to publish and negotiated any editing changes, you will be sent a contract and payment will be made within twenty-one days of returning a completed version along with an invoice. But usually their rates are around $1 per word.