Verge Creative Writing Journal

Verge: Monash University’s Journal of New Creative Writing

SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED

Verge showcases the most exciting new writers to emerge from Monash University and the broader local, national and international literary communities. An annual anthology of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, Verge has an editorial team of postgraduate students from the creative writing programme at Monash University who all share a passion for the written word. Verge is published by Monash University Publishing and has been launched at major Australian literary festivals.

Writing is, for me, an act of intense fidelity to a subject, a distillation of so many different ideas and emotions into a single unit: a word, a sentence.

Hannah Clinton
Monash Creative Writing graduate

Verge 2019 Uncanny

Uncanny

The strangely familiar. The alien within the home. The repressed impulse. Bloodsucking counts in castles. Dismembered limbs. Wax models of famous figures. Trying to find a lost car in a parking lot. Being given seat E21 at the cinema when you live at 21 Rose Grove and your 21st birthday was last week. Doppelgängers, ghosts, déjà vu.

We want your interpretation of the uncanny. We want to see writing about repressed impulses, weird coincidences, haunting memories, ominous events, that inexplicable incident or feeling you can’t get out of your head.

We’re looking for creative non-fiction, stories and poems that play on the theme of the uncanny. This year we’re especially interested in creative non-fiction (essays, experimental and lyric pieces, personal memoirs and vignettes).

Come talk to the Editors at the National Writers’ Conference during the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2018!

Please send all queries to: arts.editor-verge@monash.edu or visit our Facebook page

Before submitting, please read the submission guidelines and how to submit below

Submission Guidelines

Genres
The editors are accepting fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, micro-essays and poetry on the theme of the uncanny.

  • Fiction between 2000-4000 words. We are usually not interested in genre fiction (romance, science fiction, or fantasy) but please surprise us.
  • Flash fiction and micro essays should be ideally up to 500 words, but if you’ve written a suite of a few linked stories we’ll accept up to 1000 words of them.
  • Non-fiction should be from 2000-5000 words. We’re looking for a broad range of criticism, travelogue, lyric essays, personal essays, memoir, and reportage.
  • Poetry up to 60 lines in length.

We will accept one submission per writer in each genre.

Reading Period
We are open for submissions from 1 June 2018 until 1 September 2018. Submissions received outside the reading period will not be read.

Response Time
We aim to respond within 12 weeks of receipt.

Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions are fine – though we do ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please note that only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication, including work published online and in personal blogs.

Cover Letter
Your cover letter should provide contact information and state the genre, word-count and title of the submission, a brief bio, and anything else you would like the editors to know about you and your work.

Style Guide
Please limit formats to .doc, .docx, PDF. We suggest keeping your font to 12-point Times New Roman and double-spacing for all prose submissions.

How to Submit

We only accept submissions sent as an attachment via email to: arts.editor-verge@monash.edu. Start the subject of the email with “Submission”.

Verge mentorship and the Monash Prize

This year, the Editors of Verge have the pleasure of mentoring the Monash Prize 2018 winners, who will be producing creative writing for Verge 2019.  The winner of the Monash Prize 2018 was Aileen Westbrook and the highest-placed Monash University entry was written by Dai-An Le. Both will receive $250 for their participation in this mentorship program and their contribution to this year’s issue.

Editors

Stephen Downes’s PhD thesis explores W. G. Sebald and the uncanny. In other lives he was a journalist, writer and uncompromising restaurant critic.

Calvin Fung is a PhD candidate studying Hong Kong Gothic literature. He enjoys doing research on narrative theory, gender and queer theory and digital literatures.

Amaryllis Gacioppo is a PhD candidate in creative writing. She is working on a book of lyrical travelogue that follows her walks through the cities of her maternal heritage. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications across Australia, the UK and the US.