2018 Call for Submissions

The 2018 Call for Submissions is now closed.


We prioritise submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on whose land we live and work and whose sovereignty has never been ceded.

Send your pitches and a sample of your work (if applicable) to djedpress@gmail.com by 15th February.

We’re on the hunt for 4-6 Australian or Australia-based writers, poets and creatives of colour to submit four pieces each in 2018. A minimum of two spots are reserved for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers/creators.

**Note: Our usual submissions remain open, this is a separate thing**

We’re looking for:

  • short fiction
  • narrative non-fiction
  • opinion/commentary pieces
  • poetry (written or performed on video)
  • art (photography, comics, illustrations)

The set rate paid per piece is $150. The word length should be between 900-1500 for fiction/non-fiction/commentary, and a maximum of 45 lines for poetry. Video or art submissions must be accompanied by a transcript and/or a description of the work (minimum two paragraphs length) where applicable.

No restrictions on subject matter, theme or style; whatever works for you works for us too. The important thing is to get creative! We’re looking for engaging, exciting, thoughtful, fun, beautiful, moving, intersectional, visceral… and a whole lot of adjectives besides.

You can submit all pieces in one go, or one by one across the year until November 15.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but you’ll need to let us know at the time of submission. If what you’ve submitted is accepted elsewhere or you’d like to withdraw your piece for any reason (provided payment hasn’t already been made) please let us know as soon as possible, and have a replacement piece or pitch ready to go.

If accepted, you’ll be asked to provide the following:

  • author name
  • author pseudonym, if you prefer to publish under one
  • title of work
    • If you submit a non-written piece, you’ll need to submit a transcript or description to go along with it.
  • short author bio that includes your connection to colour or culture
  • links to your  personal blogs/sites/social media if applicable
  • hi-res author photo or image to put in place of photo if not comfortable using one (image permissions must be cleared to use).

Here is a list of things that will result in automatic rejection if we find present in your work (and not just what you’ve submitted to us, mind):

  • Racism
  • Anti-blackness
  • Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, religious intolerance of any kind
  • Homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia of any kind
  • Ableism
  • Sexism/misogyny
  • Work that goes against the concept of #ownvoices

Finally, please note work may be edited. Please don’t submit to Djed if you’re uncomfortable with being edited. As a policy we believe in the importance of preserving an author’s voice and vision, but even the best writing needs tweaks here and there at a minimum and a full edit at a maximum. And we do expect best writing – we will only work on final, polished pieces, not second drafts.

Happy writing!