Griffith Review is designed to foster and inform public debate and to provide a bridge between the expertise of specialists and the curiosity of readers. We wish to give writers the space to explore issues at greater length, with more time for reflection than is possible under the relentless pressure of daily events. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for established and emerging writers, thinkers and artists to tease out complexity and contradiction and propose new ways of thinking and seeing. Check out our writers' guidelines for further information.


Future editions

Four times a year, Griffith Review provides a new perspective on some of the most fascinating issues of the day, featuring different voices every time. We seek submissions of essays and creative non-fiction, reportage, fiction, poetry, memoir and picture stories that address this year of change.


The long and the short of it: A new competition for emerging writers

Calling all emerging writers: Griffith Review is approaching its seventy-fifth edition, and we want your words to help us celebrate. We’re launching a new writing competition – and entries are now open!

We’re looking for submissions of fiction and non-fiction from 3,500 words up to 7,000. You can write to any theme you like – but we want new ideas, fresh voices and bold perspectives. We’re looking for work that commands our attention.

Griffith Review has a long history of discovering and supporting early-career writers. As Australia’s leading literary journal, we consistently act as an incubator for new talent. We have a long and distinguished track record of nurturing new voices, publishing creative thinkers and helping our writers establish enduring industry connections.

Three winning entries will be selected by our judges: Rachel Bin Salleh (Magabala Books), Aviva Tuffield (UQP) and Robert Watkins (Ultimo Press), as well as Griffith Review’s editorial staff. Thanks to funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the winners will share a prize pool of $15,000, and their work will be published in Griffith Review’s extra-special seventy-fifth edition, due out in February 2022.

For the purposes of this competition, we’re defining emerging as writers ranging from previously unpublished through to those with a maximum of one book (fiction or non-fiction) published.

Entry fees are $25 for non-subscribers, $15 for current subscribers and free for Griffith ReviewContributors Circle members. The entry fee entitles you to a complimentary digital edition of Griffith Review.

Deadline for submissions: 11.59 pm AEST, 15 March 2021

Winners announced: July 2021

Publication date: early February 2022

Read the full terms and conditions and submit via Submittable.



Griffith Review 72: States of Mind
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions are now closed.
Publication date: May 2021

Griffith Review 71: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, More
Edited by Ashley Hay
Submissions are now closed.
Publication date: February 2021

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