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 publishes creative writing and scholarship from 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 region’s 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. Equally, it seeks to invest in emerging writers and support the development of new careers.
It is published at the Westerly Centre (formerly the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature) at the University of Western Australia, with assistance in project funding from the Western Australian State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and the Australian Federal Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Our Writers’ Development Program and Mid-Career Fellowship is supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
The print magazine is published twice a year in July and November, while the website publishes content throughout the year, including Online Special Issues available for free digital download.
Daniel Juckes is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UWA, and he holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Curtin University. His creative and critical work has been published in journals such as Axon, Life Writing, M/C Journal, TEXT and Westerly, and his research investigates seamlessness in prose style and the potential of objects in stories about the past.
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), convened multiple conferences and serves as a board member to Writing WA. Creatively, her work has been twice awarded the Elyne Mitchell Rural Women Writers award. Her first novel, The Salt Madonna, was as a manuscript awarded a Varuna fellowship in 2014, and was published by Picador in February 2020.
Melissa, also known as Maiken, (she/they) is a queer writer, editor, performance artist and vocalist who lives, works, plays and studies on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English & Creative Writing and Theatre & Drama from Murdoch University and is currently completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts Honours at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Performance Making. Passionate about the Arts, she prefers a multi-disciplinary approach in her own practice, with a special interest in how art can combine with activism. Melissa enjoys experimenting with multiple genres on the same subject with the aim to showcase the importance and value of art in shaping society. Currently, they are working on a postdramatic performance work. Melissa is co-Artistic Director of Split Lip Theatre Company. She was born in South Africa and has lived in New Zealand and the UK as well as Australia, with Perth being home since 2016. Melissa is interested in continuing to learn and draw from the multiple cultures they’ve been fortunate enough to be welcomed into with respect, honouring the knowledge and wisdom of each. She considers herself to be a lifelong student.
Sarah Yeung 楊静雯 is a queer Cantonese editor, researcher, and sessional tutor living and working on unceded Whadjuk Noongar Boodja. She co-edited Zou Mat Je 做乜嘢, a transnational collection of Cantonese literary and visual artworks, and is currently co-editing the upcoming poetry collection Hello Keanu!. Sarah’s poetry and reviews have been published in Right Now, Red Pocket Press, and Westerly’s Editor’s Desk. She is currently completing a PhD on literary representations of haunting at The University of Western Australia.
Julie is the author of two short-story collections, Capital Misfits (2015) and Portable Curiosities (UQP, 2016). The latter was shortlisted for several literary awards and led to Julie being named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have appeared widely, including in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing. Outside Australia, her fiction has been published in eight countries and translated into Chinese, Indonesian and Bengali. She has written radio plays for ABC Radio National and the libretto for the opera Chop Chef.
Julie has represented Australian literature at Parliament House, as well as internationally at the invitation of the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the Australian Consulate-General, Chennai. She has mentored emerging writers through Kill Your Darlings, the Deborah Cass Prize and WestWords, and runs a short-fiction clinic for Writers Victoria. She has also judged twelve literary prizes, including the 2018 Stella Prize and the 2022 University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award.
Lucy Dougan is a widely published and award-winning poet. Lucy’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 Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry (2015), the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry and the WA Premier’s Book Award for Poetry (both 2016). 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. With Tim Dolin, she is co-editor of The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky (UWAP, 2017). With Beverly Taylor, she is working on a new edition of Anne Brontë’s poems for Cambridge UP. Her new poetry collection, Monster Field, is forthcoming with Giramondo in 2022.
Casey Mulder is a Ballardong Noongar woman with Dutch and English heritage. She is an English teacher and school leader, and has a Master of Leadership and Management in Education. In 2020 Casey joined the team at the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA where she taught Creative Writing and Aboriginal Voices and co-hosted First Nations Writers’ Circles in collaboration with Westerly Magazine. She recently joined the board of Night Parrot Press and is currently completing editing mentorship at Night Parrot Press with the support of Magabala Books. Casey is currently working on a memoir with the support of a Centre for Stories Writing Fellowship, and aspires to continue to advocate for First Nations storytellers within the publishing industry.
Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning poet and Associate Professor at Deakin University. She was a Harvard Visiting Scholar in poetry in 2016, and has been the successful recipient of fifteen national and international grants and awards, most recently a VicArts grant and an Australia Council Grant to work on a book of prose poetry on the atomic bomb. Cassandra has published twelve books including seven poetry collections, most recently Pikadon (2018), and is writing a critical book on prose poetry for Princeton University Press. She has been invited to judge several awards and prizes, including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards: Prize for Poetry, the Lord Mayor’s Prize for Poetry and the joanne burns microliterature award.
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