Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Jerath Head
Published May 2017
Deadline for pitches: 7 October 2016
Deadline for complete unsolicited pieces: 5 December 2016
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. Pitches and drafts will be accepted for essays, memoir and reportage – for fiction and poetry, only complete pieces will be considered.