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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.

Previously unpublished material is invited in discrete or mixed genres, and from a range of different perspectives—including those who identify as disabled, those who have personal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 josephine.taylor@uwa.edu.au 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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  1. Linda Stead says:

    Dear Josephine

    Could you please confirm that submissions to DisAbility must not have been published previously, as stated in the general guidelines.

    Am I allowed to submit two pieces, if so may I submit one of those two pieces under general submissions in addition to DisAbility.

    Thank you and kind regards

    Linda Stead

  2. Josephine Taylor says:

    Thanks for the query, Linda.

    Yes, submissions to Westerly: DisAbility must be previously unpublished, consistent with general guidelines to contributors. Work to be considered can be sent direct to me as an attachment at josephine.taylor@uwa.edu.au.

    Our online portal for general submissions opens again in February. You are welcome to submit here also.


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