Voiceworks #109, Sprawl


Voiceworks is an Australian literary journal, published quarterly by Express Media, featuring and produced entirely by people under the age of twenty-five. For thirty years, we’ve provided young writers with space to develop, experiment and publish their work. Voiceworks Issue #109, ‘Sprawl’, brings you more of the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and visual art by young Australians.

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‘Sprawl’ lays it all out, refusing to stick to the three thousand-word limit. At nineteen pages, ‘Chemical’ by Eda Gunaydin is our second foray into longform fiction. Eda shares her creative process in an interview in this issue’s Behind the Curtain section, where she describes the story best herself:

‘Chemical’ is about a twenty-year-old Westie named Safiye who tries to study for a summer school exam over the course of a week, without losing her mind. It reflects on how diasporic kids grapple with modern issues—drugs, mental illness, sexuality—while still carrying their families’ heavier burdens and traumas.

Inside the issue, you’ll also find stories about intergalactic wars and falling for your favourite American drag queen, poetry that finds God in the divine eroticism of a strawberry sundae at the drive-thru, and a comic that comes to terms with the fact we’ll probably never get rid of the moths in the pantry, all wrapped up in beautiful cover art by Lee Lai.

From a strong batch of nonfiction, Grace Hart’s experimental piece, ‘Reception’, explores the implicit sexualisation of women and the simmering threat of violence they face; ‘Shit City’ by Jesse Paris-Jourdan dives into Toowoomba’s debate on recycling sewage for drinkable water; Valerie Schlosberg’s essay, ‘Blessings for the In-Between’, connects with Jewish histories to find blessings in dark circumstances; ‘I Dreamt I was A Woman’ combines memoir and poetry to express the experience of an anonymous non-binary sex worker; and Jack Callil’s ‘When Everything Goes to Shit for A Bit’ attempts to understand a brief psychotic episode through fractured film narratives.

Enjoy getting stuck into Voiceworks #109, ‘Sprawl’.

Featuring: A Francis / Alex Menyhart / Alexia Petsinis / Alice Kazam / Chaya Kasif / Claudia Chew / Darcy Rock / Eda Gunaydin  /Grace Hart / Grace Taylor / Jack Callil / Jesse Paris-Jourdan / Jordyn McGeachin / Leah Jing / Magenta Sheridan / Michael Louis Kennedy / Mike Eleven / Natalie Fong / Patrick Keegan / Rat Carousel / Regan Lynch / Sophie Tegan Gardiner / Tzeyi Koay / urbigfrog / Valerie Schlosberg / Viola Prinz / Whitney Chen

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