Call For Submissions

The Australian Literature Review will be publishing an anthology of short stories around March 2011 to showcase a variety of fiction by Australian authors.

This collection will feature stories from a mix of very experienced fiction writers, up-and-coming novelists and those not yet commercially published who show promise and ability.

Currently, the contributing authors include Michael White (Equinox, The Medici Secret, The Borgia Ring, State of Emergency, Aftershock, The Art of Murder, and soon Nano, The Returning, and Private Sydney which he will be co-writing with bestselling novelist James Patterson for release in 2012), Kate Forsyth (The Witches of Eileanan series, The Chain of Charms series, The Starkin Crown series, The Puzzle Ring and more), Michael Pryor (The Chronicles of Krangor series, The Laws of Magic series, the Doorways trilogy and more),  Fleur McDonald (Red Dust, Blue Skies and soon Purple Skies then Silver Gums), JJ Cooper (The Interrogator, Deadly Trust and soon a third in the series), Rebecca James (Beautiful Malice and soon Cooper Bartholomew is Dead then a third not-yet-named novel), and Sam Stephens (Best Chapter in the Borders/Random House/James Patterson chain-thriller Airborne, 1st place in The Australian Literature Review’s first Short Fiction Contest).


Three spots are available in the anthology to fiction writers who submit a story (4000-10,000 words) to by midnight December 31st 2010.

The focus of the anthology is on good and varied fiction by Australian authors. There is no ‘Australian-ness’ requirement or prescribed theme for the stories.

So get writing and submit a story. It doesn’t matter if you are 15 and have never been published or if you have 15 years experience as a published writer. Submissions are open to anyone with a good fictional story to tell.

NOTE: Use little to no swearing in your story, so it can be widely enjoyed by teen readers as well as adults.


The Australian Literature Review

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17 Responses to Call For Submissions

  1. Sam Stephens says:

    I’m honoured to be a part of this very exciting project, and amongst an excellent lineup of Aussie writers. To all new writers who haven’t yet decided whether to submit your work, my suggestion would be, “DO IT!”

    It’s a very exciting and unique opportunity from AusLit, especially for those not yet published!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Sounds interesting. I already want to read it because it has a Michael Pryor story!

  3. Margaret says:

    I’m trying to think of a plot right now, I really want to see if my writing would be publishable. If my story doesn’t end up making it in I will still be buying the anthology, sounds like it’s going to be awesome!! 🙂

  4. Alan says:

    What are the pay rates for successful submissions?


    • auslit says:

      Hi Alan,
      Payment is by royalty.
      Each author will receive 4% of gross revenue received by The Australian Literature Review from sales of the anthology minus any material costs of publication/distribution (if there are any which are not already covered by third party publishing/distribution).

  5. Will you accept stories under 4000 words or is that an absolute requirement?

  6. gayle kennedy says:

    Can you submit stories that have already been published as part of a short story collection?

    gayle kennedy

    • auslit says:

      Hi Gayle,

      Stories which have not been published are much preferred, but stories which have been published will be considered if they are especially suitable for the anthology.

  7. Les Zig says:

    Hello. Can you submit only one story for consideration? Or can you submit as many as you like?



  8. Belinda Dorio says:

    Sounds good! Just wondering if there is a limit on number of entries per person?

  9. auslit says:

    Hi Les and Belinda,

    You can submit as many stories as you like.
    Keep in mind that some other publications won’t accept submissions currently being considered for publication elsewhere, so maybe just pick a few to send in. 🙂

  10. Belinda Dorio says:

    No problems, should submissions be sent as an attachment or in the body of the email?

  11. Les Zig says:

    When is this announced?



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