You will submit to Offset

Submission deadlines for Offset are almost upon us, so I’ve taken the opportunity to dig up a little bit more info about the publication. Offset is an annual literary journal that has been around for nine years now, run by a team of Victorian University students under John Weldon’s mentorship.

Last year’s No. 8 had contributors such as the critically acclaimed Paddy O’Reilly and Verandah 23’s Rhys Tate, and was favourably reviewed by Dominique Wilson in Issue Fourteen of Wet Ink:

…if some of the most engaging stories sometimes lack finesse, the real strength of this anthology is that the writing is crisp, interesting and energetic—they are not overworked and the enthusiasm of the writers shines through…Offset no. 8 is like a bouquet of wild flowers—colourful, fresh and exciting. (p. 52)

Last year’s editorial team was also interviewed by Vibewire (to access the article, click here).

This year, Offset No. 9 is run by Paul Mavroudis (chief editor), Ruth Chapman (design manager), Kale Elbourne (multimedia submissions), Jessica Adams (submissions coordinator), Stephanie Holliday (public relations), Scott McCulloch (arts supervisor) and Leticia (arts supervisor). If you want to submit to Offset, knowing the editorial team’s tastes and reading habits is very important—unlike most literary journals, student publications change their editorial teams with each issue—so, I’d try stalking them on Facebook.

So what is Offset looking for? Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art…?

We’re basically after anything unique and passionate, but anything goes and we encourage everyone to submit a piece as we need a good mix of content. (Stephanie Holliday)

For the first time, Offset is accepting multimedia (for inclusion on a CD insert) and overseas contributions as well. All submissions need to be in by 12 June 2009.

For more information on Offset, email offset[at]students.vu.edu.au or visit their website.

Courtesy of Offset No. 9

Courtesy of Offset No. 9

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