Since 1956, Westerly has been publishing lively fiction and poetry as well as intelligent articles.

The magazine has always sought to provide a Western Australian-based voice, although its contributors and subject matter have never been geographically exclusive.  It covers literature and culture throughout the world, but maintains a special emphasis on Australia, particularly Western Australia, and the Asian region.

Westerly has a strong international reputation, and is listed in some of the world’s major cultural indexes. It has been instrumental in the careers of many of the regions most prominent and internationally renowned writers. These include major Western Australian writers such as Randolph Stow, Dorothy Hewett, T.A.G. Hungerford and Elizabeth Jolley; highly-awarded contemporary writers, including Tim Winton, Kim Scott, and Sally Morgan; and important local poets like John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan, John Mateer, and Lucy Dougan.

It is published at the Westerly Centre (formerly the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature) at the University of Western Australia, with assistance from the Western Australian State Government by an investment in the project through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and the Australian Federal Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Our Writers’ Development Program is supported by Copyright Agency Ltd.’s Cultural Fund.

The print magazine is published twice a year in July and November, while the website publishes content throughout the year, including two Online Special Issues available for free digital download.

Meet the Team


General Editor: Catherine Noske

Catherine completed her PhD in creative writing at Monash University in 2013. Her work has been published in journals here and overseas. She has been a visiting research scholar to the University of Warwick (UK), and was co-convenor to the Melbourne conference ‘The View From Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics’. Creatively, her work has been twice awarded the Elyne Mitchell Rural Women Writers award. Her first novel manuscript was awarded a Varuna fellowship in 2014, and has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett Award.


Associate Editor: Josephine Taylor

Josephine joins the Westerly team from Edith Cowan University, where she is an Adjunct Lecturer in creative writing. Since completing her PhD in writing in 2011, Josephine has continued to present and publish material drawn from her award-winning thesis, with work published across a variety of print and online journals, including Westerly, Axon, Outskirts and Southerly. She is a member of the editorial board of Margaret River Press, and reviews regularly for Australian Book Review. She is interested in creative responses to chronic pain, and passionate about Australian writing, especially here, in Western Australia.


Commissioning Editor: Lucy Dougan

Lucy Dougan’s books include Memory Shell (5 Islands Press), White Clay (Giramondo), Meanderthals (Web del Sol) and The Guardians (Giramondo), and her prizes the Mary Gilmore Award, the Alec Bolton Award and short-listings for the 2015 Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. Since the early 1990s she has been published in a range of journals both here and overseas, and has had work represented in many anthologies.  She has worked in arts administration, as a tertiary teacher of creative writing and literature, and as poetry editor of HEAT magazine and Axon: Creative Explorations.  She has had poems commissioned for the Southern Forest Sculpture Walk at Northcliffe and the Busselton Jetty.  She currently works for Westerly Magazine. Her PhD, concerning representation of Naples, was awarded in 2010. Her latest book, The Guardians, won the WA Premier’s Book Award for 2015/2016.


Web Editor: Chris Arnold

Chris joined the Westerly team in 2017. He used to work as a software engineer and is now a PhD candidate at UWA, where he’s working with information security practices to develop a creative project in electronic literature.



Fiction Editor: Dr Rachel Robertson

Dr Rachel Robertson is a writer and Senior Lecturer in professional writing and publishing at Curtin University. She is the author of Reaching One Thousand, which was shortlisted for the National Biography Award in 2013, and co-editor with Liz Byrski of Purple Prose, a collection of creative nonfiction inspired by the colour purple. In 2008, she won the Calibre Australian Book Review Award for Outstanding Essay. Before joining Curtin University, Rachel worked in book publishing, community education and as a freelance writer and editor. Rachel’s research interests include Australian literature, life writing, creative writing pedagogy and critical disability studies. She has a particular interest in creative or narrative non-fiction, the lyric essay and innovative forms of non-fiction writing. She is Reflections Editor of Life Writing and an editorial advisor for Axon and the Australian Book Review.

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Poetry Editor: Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra is an award-winning writer, academic and critic. She is a Harvard Visiting Scholar in English, sponsored by Stephen Greenblatt. She has published eight books (with two more in progress), her most recent books of poetry are Trace with artist Phil Day (Finlay Lloyd) and Exhumed (Grand Parade Poets). She is the successful recipient of more than 15 national and international grants and awards. She has judged many poetry prizes, including the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry.  For more information, please see: www.cassandra-atherton.com

Editor for Indigenous Writing: Elfie Shiosaki

Elfie completed a PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia in 2015. She was awarded first class Honours in Asian Studies and Political Science at UWA in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts at UWA in 2004. She is currently working at the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University as an Indigenous Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.

Westerly is also supported by a great team of interns. If you are interested in taking up a short-term position as an intern, please contact us.

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