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Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism

Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism
Edited by Julianne Schultz
Published 31 July 2017

Deadline for pitches: 17 February 2017
Deadline for submissions 21 April 2017 (or by prior agreement)

The world is in the grip of profound political and social change. Leaders are rising to power who promise to respond to the voice of the people – people who are aggrieved and resentful, feeling the sting of inequality and the uncertainty of a new economic order.

As the global economy continues to change, disruption and reaction become inevitable. As trust is further eroded, the desire to lash out is understandable.

The populist response to the times is essentially emotional – promising to alleviate the symptoms of distress, while encouraging others to fester. If betrayal and disillusion are inevitable, they remain some way off – an accommodating new order will take time to be established.

Making sense of why we are in this populist moment – what it feels like, where it might lead, and what we can learn from the past – is the ambition of this edition. Its range is wide – political, economic, social, personal, environmental, cultural.

How and why the institutions created after the Second World War are failing merits further examination. Were they inadequate and self-serving in the first place – or did they lose touch with those they were established to protect? Or, rather, have individuals and organisations with their own agendas sensed an opportunity to actively undermine them?

Economics has been the lingua franca of policy for so long we have forgotten that the numbers alone do not tell the full story or provide all the answers. The bedrock of most of the institutions that have shaped the modern world was drawn from the Enlightenment, yet these ideas and values have been undermined, ignored, dismissed and debased for decades. Now we are paying the price.

The political end-point of populism may well be a confederacy of global oligarchs, a police state or fascism. Along the way we can expect to see a rise in xenophobia, exclusion, disrespect for institutions and truth, limits on checks and balances, and an increase in fear.

Previous populist governments have imploded in response to resistance, creating more resilient institutions, a more robust and responsive mode of engagement and a new order that works for more of the people more of the time. In the teeth of the populist moment, does this potential alternative suggest itself?

Queensland suffered the longest and deepest experience of the politics of populism in Australia. Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s state government (1968-87) was a textbook model – don’t you worry about that. There may have been economic growth, but social institutions were put under strain, the rule of law was challenged, people of conscience belittled and made to feel powerless, the media muzzled. Yet resistance flowered.

This edition will feature several writers who won the Griffith Review Queensland Writers Fellowships, and will explore the nuances of populism then and now – building a conscience, confronting sexual abuse, addressing climate-change deniers, navigating an obstructive bureaucracy, coming face-to-face with religious cults and discovering the enduring kindness of strangers.

We are seeking writers keen to explore with originality and insight the sources and perils of contemporary populism: economic, social, educational, media, political, religious, language – the human and social dimensions up close and personal.

This is a global phenomenon – populist sentiment is alive and flourishing in both the richest and poorest countries in the world. This edition of Griffith Review will bring new perspectives and insights to this troubling phenomenon.

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s The Novella Project V competition. Winning entries will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 58: The Novella Project V (30 October 2017).

Summary of terms and conditions

  • Submissions close 22 May 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Submissions are limited to Australian and New Zealand authors.
  • We require original works of fiction and non-fiction. While there is no firm word length requirement, writers are advised that works between 10,000 and 25,000 words are preferable.

  • The theme of the 2017 competition is Storied Lives: Making a Difference. It is open to works of fiction, reportage, memoir and biography that sets out to capture the essence of a person, real or imagined, whose life had an enduring impact. A full brief can be found here.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically. At the discretion of authors a printed copy may also be submitted.

  • Entry fee for the competition is $60 (including GST) for non-subscribers to Griffith Review and $30 (including GST) for subscribers. Entry fees must be paid via GriffithPay here. There is no charge for members of the Griffith Review Contributors’ Circle.
  • It is anticipated that four 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.
  • Successful applications will be notified by 31 July 2017.
  • Publication date of The Novella Project V is 30 October 2017.

 Terms and Conditions of Entry

This competition 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).

1.     Who may enter?

  • All persons, other than immediate family members of Griffith Review, may enter the competition.
  • Each person may only make one submission to the competition, so please submit your best work.
  • 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

  • By entering the competition, participants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  • We require original works of fiction and non-fiction. While there is no firm word length requirement, writers are advised that works between 10,000 and 25,000 words are preferable.
  • 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 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.

3.    How to enter the competition

  • A work (in Microsoft Word format), along with a short bio and the entry fee, must be submitted no later than 22 May 2017.
  • Early submissions are encouraged.
  • All applicants will be notified about their submission by email by 31 July 2017.
  • 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 used to cover the administrative costs of conducting this competition. All entrants who pay the entry fee will receive a digital subscription to Griffith Review for one year. All payments must be made by credit card. All payments must be by credit card via GriffithPay here.

  • Following payment, each entrant will receive a FREE one-year digital subscription to Griffith Review. Please email to nominate the format in which you would prefer to receive this subscription (PDF/ePub/Kindle-compatible). Subscriptions will be uploaded during the week of 22 May 2017 and subscriptions will commence with the current edition.
  • To avoid any doubt, failure to pay the entry fee will preclude you 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. Those judges will select the winners based upon originality, creativity and quality of the submission. It is anticipated that four entries will be selected as winners of the competition, but 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. Applicants will be notified by 31 July 2017. Discussion of possible future publication will be discussed on a case-by-case basis with unsuccessful applicants at the discretion of the editor.
  • For the avoidance of any doubt, chance/luck plays no part in determining the winners.

 5.   Notification of winners

  • The winning authors will be announced in July 2017.  All winners will be contacted privately prior to the public announcement of the winners. Winning authors will 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 a special edition of Griffith Review on 30 October 2017.
  • 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 in submissions

  • All intellectual property rights in submissions are retained by the author. 
  • Commencing upon the time when a winning author is notified that their submission has won this competition, the author grants to Griffith:

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

b)   commencing after the Exclusivity Period a 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 enters into legally binding arrangements which 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 competition does not entitle the author of a submission to any fee nor payment from Griffith University. 

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