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Call for Submissions – Online Special Issue 8

Since 1956, Westerly has been publishing lively prose and poetry as well as intelligent articles. One of Australia’s oldest and most respected literary journals, Westerly has been instrumental in the careers of many of the region’s most prominent and renowned talent. The Magazine has a strong international reputation, and is listed in some of the world’s major cultural indexes.

Writers now have the opportunity to submit work for an upcoming special issue of the magazine, to be published online mid-2019. Under the editorship of Josephine Taylor, Westerly: DisAbility will gather writing that challenges stereotypes and presents alternative readings of disability; that teases out complexity around just what constitutes disability—and ability.

Material is invited in discrete or mixed genres, and from a range of different perspectives—including those who identify as disabled, those who have personal associations with disability, and/or those for whom disability is a field of research. The issue is aimed for release in May 2019.

All submissions should be via direct email to with the subject line ‘Westerly: DisAbility’. Please send your work for consideration by 14 February 2019.

All contributors will be paid for their work. Further information on contribution, a style guide and rate of payment for online publication can all be found on the Westerly website, along with previous Online Special Issues, free to download.

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