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Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Jerath Head
Published May 2017

Deadline for complete unsolicited pieces: 5 December 2016 – NO LONGER TAKING PITCHES

Millennials, those born in the final decades of the twentieth century (and younger than thirty-five), have had bad press for a long time. Now they are fighting back, making their mark on a world that is profoundly different to the one their parents knew.

Even the oldest were still in primary school when the Soviet Union collapsed, when deregulation swept the west and much of the postwar consensus was jettisoned, when the Kyoto Protocol was signed and when the internet became a reality and the world shrank. They were in their teens when the World Trade Center collapsed, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan produced a new world order; when climate change sceptics and shock jocks poisoned public debate; when the first dotcom boom crashed, China experimented with capitalism and revived consumerism, the global financial crisis pushed capitalism to the brink, and Facebook was born.

The challenges this generation now face are great – political uncertainty, climate change, globalisation and economic stagnation have changed the rules of the game.

This is the best educated, most connected generation ever, but the world they live in does not offer easy pathways – inequality is rife and traditional doors are closed. Some millennials are detached and disillusioned, but others are coming up with innovative ideas, experimenting with new ways to live and work. Their vision and energy will shape the future.

Yet they are still not taken seriously. In the recent Australian election campaign they received almost no attention, even though the decisions taken in the next three years will be crucial to their prosperity. Similar patterns are repeated elsewhere.

This special edition of Griffith Review is devoted to the challenges and opportunities this generation is facing and embracing. The net will be cast wide, as we listen to the voices of the future reporting on the world as they experience it. Writers, academics, artists, workers, activists – all are welcome.

In 2006, Griffith Review published The Next Big Thing, which featured many writers, thinkers and activists who are now in their late thirties and early forties. In the decade since, this group has gone on to make their mark; it is now time for the next generation to take up their mantle.

Writers are encouraged to read our writers' guidelines and past editions of Griffith Review, which are free to access online, to familiarise themselves with style, tone and word length. We are now accepting complete pieces of any form (essay, memoir, reportage, fiction and poetry).

Ends on October 31, 2016

Griffith Review Fellowships

Griffith Review is taking expressions of interest for its inaugural Queensland writers Fellowships.

Deadlines for EOIs: 31 October 2016
Complete work to be submitted in April 2017.

All applicants must download and complete a submission form, and upload it as an attachment along with a sample of the work or a more detailed project proposal.

Up to six fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded for 2016, to Queensland writers, or those with strong ties to Queensland writing about the state. The Fellowships are designed to enable writers across all genres to commence a major project, to further develop work already underway, or to facilitate the next stage of a work in progress.

The first fellows will be announced in November. Successful work will be published in Griffith Review in 2017 in a Queensland themed edition and online at 

The work of successful fellows may also be read and assessed by the University of Queensland Press, with the view to publication, if this is of interest.

Terms and conditions of entry


  • Submissions close 31 October 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions are limited to authors resident in Queensland, or those with a demonstrable connection to the state, who are seeking to write on a Queensland-related subject.
  • 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
  • The proposal should include a brief descriptive outline of the project, its subject, state of development, steps to completion and the proposed outcome as it will be published in Griffith Review. Details of your prior publications and links to other published work should also be included. A brief statement of value of the fellowship should also be included.
  • It is expected that the completed works will be between 5000–15,000 words.
  • All submissions must be lodged electronically via the Submittable portal at At your discretion a printed copy may also be provided, post to Griffith Review, PO Box 3370, South Brisbane, QLD 4101.
  • Up to six Fellowships will be awarded to the value of $5,000 each, however at the discretion of the judges one or more Fellowships may be awarded for a greater sum.
  • Submissions will be evaluated and selected by Griffith Review. 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 25 November 2016.
  • Completed works must be submitted by April 2017, although each successful fellow will work with the editorial team prior to this deadline to develop the project.
  • Completed works will undergo a professional editorial process prior to publication.
  • Successful applicants will be paid 40% upon notification that they’ve been successful, and the remaining 60% once the work has been accepted for publication.
  • The fellowship will become payment for publication, there will not be another fee for publication.

Full 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).

1.     Who may enter?

  • All persons, other than immediate family members of Griffith Review staff, or employees of Text Publishing, may enter the competition.
  • Each person may 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. If you are submitting an extract from a larger work, this will be published in Griffith Review in 2017. It is your responsibility to obtain the consent of your publisher.
  • If you do not have a publisher for the larger work UQP will undertake an assessment of your proposal with a view to possible publication.

3.    How to enter the competition

  • Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Submissions should include a title, description of project, status of project, proposed Griffith Review outcome (if this work is a subset of a larger project), publication history, 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 25 November 2016.
  • Entry is free
  • 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 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 unsuccessful applicants will be notified by 28 November. Discussion of possible future publication will be 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 successful fellowship recipients will be announced 25 November 2016. All successful authors will be contacted privately prior to the public announcement. 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.   Funding

  • Successful Fellowship recipients will be paid 40% upon being notified they’ve been successful, and the remaining 60% 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 upon the time when a successful author is notified that their completed work has been accepted for publication, 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. 

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