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Ask yourself this: What state am I in? And how much is it a reaction to the state of the world today? 

This edition of Griffith Review examines how we conceptualise our psychological, existential and political condition. Anxiety and depression are on the rise in Australia and across the globe; digital media has created a pandemic of loneliness and disconnection; ideological extremism is widening our divisions and threatening our democracies; and all the while, the wellness industry is spinning everything from mindfulness to minimalism into big business.  

How do these forces help or hinder our psychological equilibrium? What salves do we seek for our own survival or simply to make ourselves feel better, from medical interventions to personal reinventions? How can we ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of our mental health responses – from policy and pharmacy through to prevention? And what does this all mean for the years that lie ahead? 

Griffith Review 72: States of Mind will explore the parameters of our cognitive landscapes and how far they might take us. We’re looking for new work that responds to these ideas in the form of essays, reportage, creative non-fiction, fiction, visual essays and poetry.  


Full submissions only.
Submissions close: 14 December 2020
Publication date: May 2021

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