11 April 2017

Pens and Pathways

Ready to read? Ready to write? Here’s a handy guide for where you can start.


The NSW Writers’ Centre

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Boundless Festival, a festival of diverse writers.  

SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney which is devoted to empowering groups and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through training and employment in creative and critical writing initiatives.

Subbed In is a DIY literary organisation, which programs readings, workshops and associated publications. They aim to provide grassroots support for new and underrepresented voices as well as helping emerging writers to achieve publication or performance. subbed in is now accepting manuscript submissions for a new project involving the publication of three chapbooks by NSW-based writers in 2017. They are also looking for readers to perform at events and writers to conduct workshops.

Poetry readings Sappho Books Cafe and Wine Bar

Poetry night Word in Hand

Blacktown Young Writers’ Group: provides an opportunity for Western Sydney writers aged 14-18 years to intensely focus and strengthen their creative skills. The program includes weekly creative writing workshops, masterclasses with a range of writers for young people and online publication.



NT Writers Centre



QLD Writers Centre



Wheeler Centre

Melbourne Spoken Word

Melbourne Writers Festival

Digital Writers Festival

Emerging Writers Festival

Feminist Writers Festival

Writers Victoria, Young Writers

La Mama Poetica

Passionate Tongues

Australian Slam

Voices in the Attic

Mother Tongue

Brother Tongue

Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe

Girls on Key

Ms Millies Pop up Poetry Cafe, a once a month gathering involving coffee tea sweets and poetry.


Get YA Words Out: is a platform supporting the writing, reading and publishing of AusQueerYA. We provide resources and advice for writers, readers and the literary community. We welcome and encourage all members of the AusQueerYA community to get involved, but our primary aim is to create a safe, constructive place for Queer (LGBTQIA+) identifying writers. We advocate primarily for #OwnVoices writers in the Queer YA literary space.



The Tasmanian Poetry Festival website can be found here

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre website can be perused over here.

Silver Words


Adelaide Writers Week

Broadsheet Adelaide


CityMag chronicles a different side to Adelaide, uncovering a smart, surprising, world-class city. We’re interested in journalistic story pitches that capture long-term Adelaide trends and changes and examine them through the small-scale experiences of individuals, organisations, and businesses. We also are interested new voices offering their well-written and engaging opinions about issues that matter. Contact Editor Farrin Foster on ff@citymag.com.au.

Draw Your (S)Words

SA Writers Centre

Subtext Collective
Subtext Collective is an artist-run literary collective for emerging non-fiction writers in Adelaide, South Australia. We exist to encourage a community of young writers, and to create opportunities to develop their practice. We love experimentation, and we believe in diversity, intersectionality, and accessibility. Our past events have been a workshop about the relationship between writers and editors, and a poetry event with New York performer, Alok Vaid-Menon.

The Hearth
The Hearth is a regular (3 per year) readings night that brings people together around conversation, creativity and ideas. Each night is based around a loose theme and features five readers who offer a piece of creative work as well as some thoughts and comments on their piece or writing process. The night concludes by opening up discussion with the audience in a Q and A with all five readers. It’s a warm and friendly space that fosters great creative conversations. The Hearth is run by Alicia Carter, Lauren Butterworth, Emma Maguire and Melanie Pryor. Get in touch via www.facebook.com/thehearthadelaide or email hearthcollective@gmail.com.

KRASS Journal

The Quart Short

Yewth Mag


Adelaide Arts Community

Adelaide Poetry Gig Guide

Adelaide Creatives Network

Writers in South Australia

Youngblood Poets

National Young Writers Group

Binder Full of Australian Women Writers
facebook. com/groups/667081026710979


Express Media

Australian Theatre for Young People

National Young Writers Festival

Australian Poetry

Emerging Writers’ Festival / Digital Writers’ Festival

Australian Society of Authors

The Walkley Foundation

Red Room Company

Playwriting Australia


Antic online anticmagazine.com.au
Archer Magazine online and print archermagazine.com.au
Beat online and print beat.com.au
BMA online and print bmamag.com
Broadly online broadly.vice.com
Broadsheet online broadsheet.com.au/adelaide
Canary Press print thecanarypress.com
Chart Collective online and print chartcollective.org
Cordite Poetry Review online cordite.org.au
Daily Life online smh.com.au/lifestyle/home
Feminartsy online feminartsy.com
Frankie online and print frankie.com.au
Funny Ha Ha online and print readfunnyhaha.com
Gargouille print gargouille.com.au
Going Down Swining online and print goingdownswinging.org.au
Homer online homeronline.com
Hot Chicks with Big Brains online and print hotchickswithbigbrains.com
Island print islandmag.com
Junkee online junkee.com
Kill Your Darlings print killyourdarlings.com.au
KRASS Journal print and online krass.com.au
Liminal Mag online liminalmag.com
Lip Mag online lipmag.com
Maggie Journal online maggiejournal.com
Meanjin online and print meanjin.com.au
New Matilda online newmatilda.com
Overland online and print overland.org.au
Pencilled In online and print pencilled.in
Peril Magazine online peril.com.au
Plaything online and print playthingmagazine.tumblr.com
Rosie Respect print rosierespect.org.au
Scum Mag online scum-mag.com
Seizure online and print seizureonline.com
Smith Journal online and print smithjournal.com.au
Swampland online swamplandmag.co
The Adventure Handbook online theadventurehandbook.com
The Brag online and print thebrag.com
The Cusp online thecusp.com.au
The Lifted Brow online and print theliftedbrow.com
The Music online and print themusic.com.au
The Suburban Review online and print thesuburbanreview.com
Tincture online tincture-journal.com
VICE online vice.com/en_au
Vocal online thevocal.com.au
Voiceworks print voiceworksmag.com.au
Walkley Magazine online walkleys.com/about/walkley-magazine
Westerly online and print westerlymag.com.au
Writers’ Bloc online thewritersbloc.net
Yewth Mag online and print yewthmag.com