2019 Call for Submissions

2019 Call for Submissions


We’re back, baby - and the theme of Visible Ink’s thirty-first literary anthology is Again! Again! Again! Send us your work to be included in this year’s edition: we are accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art. If the description below fails to move you, why not send us that piece you’ve tried to get published Again! Again! Again! - we’re looking to publish all kinds of new voices and hot takes.

Submissions for 2019 are now closed. Thank-you to everyone who submitted their work.

Do life’s unceasing rhythms soothe or stress you? What moment, idea, or image are you still stuck on after all this time? Have you ever found yourself caught in an echo chamber, a hall of mirrors, or an unexpected menage a trois? Send us your work about:


(You, at five years old, repeatedly picking at the scab on your knee that you acquired when you fell off your pogo stick.)


(You, at fourteen, practising your Black Eyed Peas ‘My Humps’ dance routine from 7pm to 2am.)


(You, at forty, listening to Janelle from HR tell you about the thirty-fifth Christian Mingle date she’s been on this week.)

We want to see tales of octuplets and ancestors, double takes and dopplegangers, copycats and career criminals. Write about a book, film or historical event that you think deserves an encore. Tell us about your past lives, new beginnings, or running the beep test in high school.


  • Fiction and non-fiction: up to 2,000 words

  • Flash fiction: up to 500 words

  • Poetry: up to 80 lines

  • Artwork: in JPG or TIFF format

If you have something that you’re not sure would fit neatly into any of these categories, we’d still love to see it.


  • Do not include your name anywhere on your submission – Visible Ink pieces are blind read.

  • All submissions must be original and unpublished work.

  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

  • It’s completely free to submit, and you can submit as many times as you like.

  • Artworks must be in a TIFF or JPG format.


  • Fiction and non-fiction: $75

  • Poetry (above 50 lines): $75

  • Poetry (below 50 lines): $50

  • Flash fiction: $50

  • Artwork: $50


If we publish your work, you agree to license us the first publication rights of the stated work until the 1st of February 2020. You retain permanent copyright of the work. Full license to use your work reverts to you after that date.

Visible Ink recognises that institutional violence operates to silence and oppress many minorities. Although submissions are blind read, we hope to platform diverse voices and perspectives. Those of First Nations, LGBTQI and refugee communities, people of colour and those with a disability are encouraged to submit. Visible Ink would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land — in particular the Wurundjeri people, on whose land the anthology is primarily produced — and to recognise elders past, present, and future.

Submissions for 2019 are now closed. Thank-you to everyone who submitted their work.

2019 Submissions Now Closed

2019 Submissions Now Closed

Where to buy Visible Ink 30: Trace

Where to buy Visible Ink 30: Trace