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Griffith Review invites applications from current Contributors Circle members for a week-long writing residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House. A Varuna residency provides a week’s accommodation, meals and a private workspace to further develop a work in progress in the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Entry guidelines

Griffith Review Contributors Circle members who are Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents are eligible to win one of up to five residencies at Varuna, The Writers’ House in 2019. This includes a week’s accommodation, meals and a private workspace (please note that airfares/transfers are not included).

To apply for the 2019 Griffith Review Contributors Circle Varuna Residencies, submit the following before midnight, Sunday 10 March 2019:

- a statement outlining how the residency would benefit you;

- a description of the work you would undertake during the week;

- an overview of the project and brief plan for its completion;

- and up to ten pages of the work in progress.

Entries will be judged by Griffith Review staff based on: creative strength of the proposal, including clear goals; originality of the work; and evidence of capacity to advance the project towards publication.

Selected applicants will be notified by the end of March 2019. Griffith Review will forward Varuna’s contact details to the successful applicants, who must make arrangements with Varuna directly. The residency must be undertaken within twelve months from the date of notification.

Your Contributors Circle subscription must be current on 10 March 2019 to be eligible to apply for a residency. To renew your Contributors Circle subscription online select the Premium Subscription (Print + digital 1-year) package, select your favoured digital format (PDF, ePub, kindle-compatible) and use the promo code GRCONTRIBUTOR at the checkout. Alternatively, please contact us at or phone us on (07) 3735 3071. Tax invoices are forwarded via email.

IMPORTANT: Contributors Circle membership is available only to writers who have contributed to Griffith Review. Anyone who purchases a subscription using this code who doesn’t meet this criteria is not eligible for the residency program, and will have their Contributors Circle subscription converted to a regular subscription package.

What is it about crime stories that make people hunger for them? The volume of content produced in these genres – from the pages of mysteries and thrillers to audio and visual dramas and reconstructions – hints at a primal and deeply ingrained fascination with the darker side of human nature. 

This fascination is often rooted in fictional material. But the way that crimes play out in the real world – and the ways they are dealt with by both our justice systems and our differing approaches to and arenas for punishment – are often more complex, compelling and shocking than the most complicated imagined plots. 

Beyond the impact of individual cases, broader discussions about justice and punishment continue to attract attention. Debates on prison privatisation build on one hand, with debates for their abolition building on the other. Justice reinvestment seeks to redirect spending from the prison system back to communities, where it can be used to reduce crime in the first place. A growing number of communities are tackling violence and crime as public health issues – and the power of the bystander approach speaks to roles and responsibilities beyond the traditional divide of victim and perpetrator. 

The advent of the internet has opened up new landscapes and opportunities for fraud, while the global webs that underpin both perpetrations and apprehensions continue to expand and evolve in our hyper-connected world. Futurists predict courts where AI automates the processes of legal reasoning. And the rights of nature movement may upend our sense of adversarial relationships to one where landscapes can make claims as legal entities.

If colonial Australia sprang, in part, from changing ideas of crime and punishment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, how do the still-evolving narratives of crime, punishment and justice impact on who we are now, and on the kind of society we would like to be?

Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments invites stories that brush with the law: from felons to forensics, from true crime to social justice, from corruption and criminology to Koori courts and other revolutionary reforms. We seek essays, reportage, and stories – fiction and non-fiction – as well as memoir and poetry that delve into the narratives, the policies and the procedures of the myriad aspects of crime, justice and punishment in Australia today. 

Full submissions only.

Submissions close: Monday, 4 February 2019
Publication date: Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s annual novella competition.

Winning entries will share in a $25,000 prize pool, supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and will be published in Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII.

There is no theme for the 2019 competition, and works of both fiction and creative non-fiction will be eligible.

Length: 15,000–25,000 words.

Deadline for submissions: 11.59 pm AEST, 29 March 2019
Winners announced: May 2019
Edition to be published: 4 November 2019

Summary of Terms and Conditions of Entry 

  • Submissions close 29 March 2019. Early submissions are encouraged. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Submissions are limited to Australian and New Zealand authors.
  • Original works of fiction and creative non-fiction only. Work between 15,000 and 25,000 words is preferable, however exceptions may be made to these word lengths. 
  • There is no theme for the 2019 competition. 
  • Only one work per author.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically via the Submittable page. Emailed or posted entries will not be accepted. 
  • Entry fee for the competition is $30 (including GST) for Griffith Review subscribers and $60 (including GST) for non-subscribers. Entry fees must be paid via GriffithPay. Entries that are submitted without corresponding payment will not be accepted. 
  • Griffith Review subscriptions start from $60 and can be purchased at Griffith Review. There is no charge for members of the Griffith Review Contributors Circle.
  • All potential entrants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the type of work published by Griffith Review before submitting. 
  • It is anticipated that a minimum of five works will be selected for publication, but the judges reserve the right to vary the number selected. 
  • Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the Griffith Review team in a blind reading. The decision will be final and there will be no correspondence with unsuccessful candidates about the merits of the work submitted.
  • The winning works will undergo a professional editorial process prior to publication.
  • Winners will share the $25,000 prize pool. The amount awarded to each author will be determined by the number of works selected for publication.
  • Successful applications will be notified no later than 30 May 2019.
  • Publication date of The Novella Project VII is set for 4 November 2019.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

This competition is being conducted by Griffith University (through Griffith Review), (ABN 78 106 094 461), a body corporate established pursuant to the Griffith University Act 1988.

By entering the competition, all participants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Entry.

1. Who may enter?

  • All persons (other than Griffith University staff who work on Griffith Review, and their immediate family members) may enter the competition. This includes students and graduates of Griffith University.
  • All entrants must be citizens or residents of either Australia or New Zealand.
  • Griffith Review reserves the right to invite submissions.

2. Conditions of entry

  • We require original works of fiction and creative non-fiction. Writers are advised that while works between 15, 000 and 25,000 words are preferable, there is no firm word length requirement.
  • Each person may only make one submission to the competition, so please submit your best work. 
  • The submission must be your original work. If you are not the sole author of the submission, you must secure the necessary permission from the appropriate third parties prior entering this competition and comply with these Terms and Conditions. Attached evidence to your submission, if applicable.
  • Unless you have prior written consent from Griffith Review, previously published work, or work which is under consideration for other Griffith Review publications or competitions, will be excluded from consideration. Griffith Review, acting in its sole discretion, may grant an exception to this exclusion in exceptional circumstances. 
  • Works written as part of a higher degree program in creative writing are eligible for entry if such entry is within the rules of the academic institution. 
  • Entry into this competition does not entitle the author of a submission to any fee or payment from Griffith University.  
  • Successful entrants agree to enter into a publishing contract with Griffith Review, outlined further in section 7. Intellectual property rights and licence to publish, of this document. 

3. How to enter the competition

  • A work (in Microsoft Word format) must be submitted via Submittable by no later than 11.59 pm AEST, 29 March 2019. Your name must not appear on this document. This work must be supported by a short bio on a separate page. Your submission fee must be paid at the time of submitting. 
  • Early submissions are encouraged. 
  • All applicants will be notified about their submission by email by 30 May 2019. No need to follow up your entry.
  • Unless you have been contacted by Griffith Review and personally invited to make a submission, you will be charged an entry fee of AUD $60 (or $30 if you hold a current print or digital subscription to Griffith Review) upon entry to this competition. The entry fee will be put towards the administrative costs of conducting this competition. All payments must be made by credit card via GriffithPay. 
  • To avoid any doubt, failure to pay the entry fee at the time of submission will mean that you are precluded from this competition, and your submission will not be read by the judges.

4. Selection of winners

  • Griffith Review will appoint a panel of judges to decide upon the winners. The judges will select the winners based upon originality, creativity and quality of the submission. It is anticipated that five entries will be selected as winners of the competition, but the judges reserve the right to vary the number of works selected, based on the quality and length of submissions.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants. Applicants will be notified by 30 May 2019. At the discretion of the editor, Griffith Review staff may discuss possible future publication on a case-by-case basis with unsuccessful applicants. 
  • Chance/luck plays no part in determining the winners.

5. Notification of winners

  • The winning authors will be announced in May 2019. All winners will be contacted privately prior to the public announcement. Winning authors agree to co-operate in a timely fashion with the editorial processes and reasonable publicity requests of Griffith Review.

6. Prizes

  • The winning authors will share the prize pool of $25,000. Further, the collected pieces will be published in Griffith Review on 4 November 2019.
  • This edition of Griffith Review will be distributed to subscribers and to bookshops and e-book retailers under the contract between Griffith Review and Text Publishing Company (TPC). The edition will also be offered for sale from the Griffith Review online store.

7. Intellectual property rights and licence to publish

  • All intellectual property rights in submissions are retained by the author.  
  • Commencing from the date a winning author is notified that his or her submission has been successful, the author grants to Griffith University:

a) an exclusive and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work (including online), for a period of three months (the Exclusivity Period), from 4 November 2019;

b) commencing immediately after the Exclusivity Period, a non-exclusive, perpetual and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work (including online);  

c) a perpetual licence to reproduce the work on the Griffith Review website;

d) a perpetual right to publicise this competition and the winning author’s name/s.

  • During the Exclusivity Period, 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 in or on other forums, provided that the author acknowledges, or 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 or damage however caused incurred or suffered by or to a person or property in connection with this competition.  

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