New Writers SA literary journal invites submissions

Writers SA is thrilled to announce that its new literary journal, Splinter, has opened submissions for its inaugural issue.

Splinter will be a print journal showcasing local voices in their rightful place alongside national and international writers, with at least 25 per cent of its published content authored by SA writers. Published biannually by Writers SA, Splinter‘s first edition will be out in November 2024.

The journal’s inaugural submissions callout opens today and we are warmly inviting writers to send us writing across various fiction, non-fiction and poetic forms. Splinter editor Farrin Foster says the journal is particularly interested in works that push boundaries, ask big questions and have strong points of view.

 “A literary journal is a living and breathing thing. It responds to unrest, to flux – there’s no one better than a writer to take the temperature of the times we find ourselves struggling through,” says Farrin. “For the first issue of Splinter, we want writing that is formally audacious and that isn’t afraid to speak honestly.

“Australian literary journals have a rich tradition of being bold, dangerous and surprising. I want Splinter to be all of that, and also to be fun. It’s a place for writers to play, to get published, to get paid fairly, and to tell the stories they’ve always wanted to tell. And it’s also a place for readers to find compelling, compulsively-readable writing.”

Farrin is supported by a dedicated advisory committee of South Australian writers – including Ali Cobby Eckermann, Amy Matthews, Benjamin Madden, Dominic Guerrera, Jane Howard, Jessica Alice, Jessica White, Katherine Tamiko, and Kylie Maslen.

The journal is also support by the Writers SA team, including CEO, Laura Kroetsch.

“Writers SA has always been great at supporting its community of writers,” says Laura, “and a healthy literary scene also cultivates a community of readers. Splinter is an exciting step towards creating dynamic conversations between writers and readers in this state and beyond.

“I’m tremendously excited that Writers SA is launching Splinter and can’t wait to read the first issue.”

Splinter is published by Writers SA with support from Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, UniSA and Arts South Australia. It is the first time that Writers SA has published a national literary journal in its near 40-year history.

“I can’t wait to read the excellent writing and mind-expanding ideas we receive in our inaugural submission round,” says Farrin.

Submissions are now open. More details are available on the Splinter website and submissions are being accepted through the Writers SA Submittable page until July 22, 2024.

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