What we are

Djed Press is a start-up online publication that publishes works created exclusively by people of colour (POC). We pay writers, artists, designers, editors and whoever else we can involve for their work and cover a range of topics, including social commentary, activism, preserving storytelling traditions, religion and current events.

Djed’s main purpose is to address the insufficient representation of marginalized peoples within the Australian literary landscape today. We are committed to increasing diversity and visibility especially in a time where racial tensions around migrants, people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, Muslims and Indigenous Australian peoples are high, both here on home soil and overseas. We seek out, develop and present new works by people of colour, with a special interest in those with intersecting identities.By having greater representation within Australian publishing, an industry that drives social standards, we will be able to better shape and drive the literary landscape.

Our aims

Djed aims be ethical and profit POC where possible. We want to pay the writers for their work as opposed to asking them to do it to ‘promote their brand’. We want to pay artists, designers, editors and whoever else we can involve in this project for their work.

Who are people of colour (POC)?

Please note that for the purposes of this project and with the understanding that this definition is subject to improvement, people of colour means:

People who experience ongoing discrimination, oppression and systemic racism today because of their race, culture, and/or religion. In the slightly paraphrased words of Loretta Ross, it’s a political designation, not a biological destiny.

If you have a more accurate, more clear or more encompassing definition, please contact us.

What’s a Djed?

The djed pillar (Arabic: جد or عمود جد) comes from Ancient Egypt. It’s the symbolic backbone of Osiris, God of transition, resurrection and regeneration (more commonly, of the dead and the afterlife) and represents stability. The djed pillar is often depicted with the Ankh, the Was scepter and the Tjet. It was an important part of a ceremony called ‘raising the djed’, representing Osiris’s triumph over his brother Set.