Thank you for taking the time to submit to Griffith Review. Please take the time to download and read our Writers' Guidelines. If you have any further queries, please contact us at griffithreview@griffith.edu.au.

Deadline for pitches (non-fiction): 5 August 2018

Deadline for full submissions: 2 October 


The original pioneers of Silicon Valley dreamed of a better world, but digital disruption has become a threatening catchphrase in recent years.  Many of the technologies now at our fingertips are deliberately disruptive, changing industries, economies, politics and institutions and many facets of our lives from work and romance to art and travel. 

These new tools allow us to know more and find out more. We are better connected, and our information ecosystem is richer. But new opportunities for manipulation and abuse are also emerging: we’re starting to see the enormity of changes and effects that are already underway, and their ethical, moral and social consequences are huge.  

A focus on fakes news, surveillance capitalism, the weaponisation of data and the gig economy can make the promise of revolution feel more like a dystopia. Is the world of Facebook, Amazon, Google and Uber one of decentralization, anti-elitism and individual freedom – or surveillance, monopoly and control?

Griffith Review 64: The new disruptors takes a wide-ranging look at the upheavals that have come with our increasingly technological world. What drives the development of new technologies? What are the impacts of their application – their unintended consequences as well as those they’re designed for? How can we define or regulate the futures of such continually evolving and novel tools? How do they complement or threaten the ideas and institutions of civic space? What is the interface between trust and technology? How much of the established order is up for grabs, or will the future be like the past but with devices everywhere? 

Nearly six hundred years ago, the invention of the printing press changed the world. Will digital metamorphosis now bring us to the cusp of an equally revolutionary moment?

From public policy to governance, media to medicine, science to surveillance, research to education, democracy to digital humanities, we’re seeking stories, essays and analysis that delve into the specific ways complex technologies impact on and interrupt our already complex world. Original and insightful work – be it essay, reportage, memoir, creative fiction or non-fiction – will be welcome.

Griffith Review is now accepting submissions for the 2019–2020 Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellowships

Up to six fellowships of $3,000–$7,000 will be awarded in 2018 to Queensland writers, or those with strong ties to Queensland. The Fellowships are designed to enable writers across all genres to develop a well-considered work or further develop a work already underway, or to facilitate the next stage of a work in progress. 

In 2018 Griffith Review particularly encourages submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of diverse backgrounds and at all career stages. Entrants are encouraged to consider their proposals in light of current Griffith Review call-outs, including themes of digital disruption, the contemporary genres of gender, and the annual novella edition. (More details on plans for 2019 will be available here on the Griffith Review website in the coming weeks.)

Submissions may be in the form of essay, memoir, reportage or novella (fiction and creative non-fiction). An integrated project outline, including story structure, research underway, plus examples of writing, must be included – ideally a chapter or an excerpt of no less than 2,000 and to a maximum of 5,000 words. No pitches will be considered, except in exceptional circumstances from writers with a demonstrable track record of publishing success. It is strongly recommended that entrants familiarise themselves with work previously published in Griffith Review prior to submitting an entry as suitability for publication in the journal will be a criteria for selection.

The Fellowship enables writers to be published in Griffith Review, and to participate in post-publication events and publicity schedules. The successful works will be published in 2019 or 2020, depending on theme and readiness for publication.

Successful fellows will be advised prior to this date. Successful work will be published in print and/or online in Griffith Review in 2019–20 in an edition determined by the Editor. 

Summary of terms and conditions

· Submissions close 31 August 2018. Early submissions are encouraged.

· There is a $50 entry fee ($35 for subscribers; free for members of the Griffith Review Contributors Circle). Payment is required at the time of submission via GriffithPay here.

· Submissions are limited to authors residing in Queensland, or those with a demonstrable connection to the state.

· There is no restriction on genre, however prospective entrants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Griffith Review. Suitability for publication in Griffith Review will be a criteria for selection. A full archive is available at griffithreview.com.

· The extract from the broader work submitted for consideration should be no more than 5,000 words. 

· In addition to the above, please include a brief descriptive outline of the project, including the subject, stage of development, steps needed to finalise the work to completion, and the proposed outcome from publication in Griffith Review (for example, your submission may be part of a larger work or be submitted to an anthology). Details of your prior publications and links to other published work should also be included. A brief statement of the value of the Fellowship should also be included.

· If accepted, it is expected that the completed works will be no more than 5,000 words, or as negotiated with the Editor.

· It is anticipated that six fellowships will be awarded. However Griffith Review will determine the sum awarded to each fellow, based on the scope of each project. 

· Submissions will be evaluated and selected by Griffith Review staff who may consult other personnel in the decision-making process. Decisions will be final and there will be no correspondence with unsuccessful candidates about the merits of unsuccessful proposals.

· Successful applications will be notified by 30 September 2018.

· Completed works must be submitted by February 2019 or as negotiated with the Editor. 

· Completed works will undergo a professional editorial process prior to publication.

· On signing an agreement with Griffith Review, and following a due contractual process, successful applicants will be paid 40 per cent of the agreed fellowship amount upon notification that they’ve been successful. The remaining 60 per cent will be paid once the work has been accepted for publication. Successful applicants will need to provide Griffith Review with an invoice for each amount.

· The money awarded as a component of the fellowship represents payment for publication. There will not be another fee for publication.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

This program is being conducted by Griffith University (as represented by Griffith Review), a body corporate established pursuant to the Griffith University Act 1988 (ABN 78 106 094 461). This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program. 

1.     Who may enter?

  • All persons, other than immediate family members of Griffith Review staff, or employees of Text Publishing, may enter the competition.
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal for the Fellowship, so please submit your best work.
  • All entrants must be residents of Queensland, or be able to demonstrate ties to the state.
  • Griffith Review reserves the right to invite submissions.

2.   Conditions of entry

  • By entering the competition, participants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  • The proposal must be your original work. If you are not the sole author of a proposed  work, you must secure the necessary permission from the appropriate third      parties to legally entitle you to comply with these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  • Unless you have prior written consent from Griffith Review, previously published work or simultaneous submissions will be excluded from consideration. Griffith      Review, acting in its sole discretion, may grant an exception to this requirement in exceptional circumstances. Works written as part of a higher degree program in creative writing are eligible for entry if such consideration is within the rules of the academic institution. Students enrolled at, or graduates of, Griffith University are eligible to enter.
  • Work in progress under contract to another publisher will be considered – however, this must be declared at the point of submission. If you are submitting an extract from a larger work, this will be published in Griffith Review in 2019 or 2020. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary consent from your publisher.

3.    How to enter the competition

  • Follow the prompts to pay the entry fee.
  • Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Submissions should include a title, description of project, status of project,  proposed outcome if published in Griffith Review (if this work is a subset of a larger project), publication history and/or links to previously published works. A brief statement of how the fellowship will assist your work should also be included.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 30 September 2018.

Submissions must adhere to the following formatting:

1. Use 12pt Times New Roman font, 1.5 space.

2. Margins should be no less than 2.5cm at top and bottom and 3.25cm at left and right.

3. Please paginate your proposal at the bottom of the page.

4. Each page of the proposal should include a header with the name of both the author and the work.

4.   Selection of winners

  • Griffith Review will decide the successful applications. Selection will be based upon originality, creativity and quality of the application, and the capacity of the author to deliver a work of publishable standard. It is anticipated that up to six fellowships will be funded, however the judges reserve the right to vary the number selected based on the quality of submissions.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants. All applicants will be notified by 30 September. The editor reserves the right to initiate discussion with unsuccessful applicants regarding possible future publication opportunities on a case-by-case basis.
  • For the avoidance of any doubt, chance/luck plays no part in determining the winners.

5.   Notification of winners

  • All successful authors will be contacted privately prior to the public announcement of the winners. Authors will agree to co-operate in a timely fashion with the      editorial processes following submission of the completed work and reasonable publicity requests of Griffith Review

6.   Payment of fellowship

  • Successful fellowship recipients will be paid 40 per cent upon being notified they have been successful (following due contract negotiations), and the remaining 60      per cent once the work has been accepted for publication. 

7.   Intellectual property rights in submissions

  • All intellectual property rights in submissions are retained by the author.
  • Commencing from the time when a successful author is notified that their completed work has been accepted for publication (this will take place independently      of the author being notified of a successful outcome in this program), the author grants to Griffith Review:

a)   an exclusive and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work developed, or an extract from said work (including online), for a period of three months (the Exclusivity Period) after publication in Griffith Review;

b)   commencing after the Exclusivity Period a perpetual and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work, or extract from said work (including online);  

c)    a perpetual licence to reproduce the work, or extract from said work, on the Griffith Review website;

d)   a perpetual right to publicise this Fellowship initiative and the successfully funded author’s name/s.

  • During the Exclusivity Period, following publication in Griffith Review, the author must not publish, or cause the work to be published, other than as contemplated above. After the Exclusivity Period, the author is entitled to publish the work, or extract from said work, in or on other forums, provided that the author enters into legally binding arrangements that require the subsequent publisher to acknowledge that Griffith Review is the original publisher of the work. 

8.   Limitation of Liability

To the extent permitted by law, Griffith University is not liable for any loss suffered to a person by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by Griffith University (or it employees or agents) in connection with this competition. For the avoidance of any doubt, entry into this Fellowship does not entitle the author of a proposal to any fee nor payment from Griffith University.  

Griffith Review | South Bank Campus, Griffith University
PO Box 3370, South Brisbane QLD | Australia 4101 

Phone: +61 7 3735 3071 | Fax:  +61 7 3735 3272 

griffithreview@griffith.edu.au

Griffith Review