Submissions via Submittable are now open. 


VOLUME 32: TENDER



Tender is the night, tender is the flesh, tender is … well, ubiquitous. But what does it really mean to be tender or show tenderness? Is it the appearance of a new bruise or maybe not that obvious? How and when are we tender or, at least, supposed to be? Where do you feel tenderness? Is it an act, an emotion, a concept or all the above? How does it shape societies, families, our sense of self, and the world around us? Would our lives be any better if we all just showed a little more tenderness?

At Antithesis this year, it is our mission to feature authentic, diverse voices that showcase what tenderness looks like in 2022 and beyond. What can we learn from the past, and what can we change for the future? The team at Antithesis would love to know your thoughts.

What we're looking for:

  • Creative writing (short fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays) up to 3,000 words
  • Scholarly research articles up to 7,500 words
  • Poetry up to 100 lines
  • Artwork (paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, comic art, graphic narratives, etc.)

We encourage submissions from writers and creatives who are queer and/or trans and/or of any colour, religion, age, ability or gender. You do not need to be a student to be published in the journal . We welcome submissions from writers and artists both established and emerging.

Technicalities:

  • You may submit a maximum of three pieces. When submitting multiple written pieces, do not submit them as separate submissions; rather, combine them in one document.
  • Written submissions should be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) files. 
  • Artwork must be sent as JPG or EPS files in CMYK colour, and must be at least 300 dpi. 
  • Please note that we prefer reviews and articles that are timely and topical to be published on the blog rather than in the publication to ensure we are publishing relevant content.
  • All submissions should be accompanied by a biography (150 words maximum) and research articles should also include an abstract (300 words maximum). Biographies should include your name, where you’re from, your studies, writing/research interests, if you’ve been published before and an interesting witticism about yourself. 


Written submissions for the print journal are open until 11:59pm, June 12th 2022.

Artwork submissions for the print journal are open until 11:59pm, June 27th 2022.

All writers/artists whose work is accepted for the print journal will be paid AU$50.


For information on making blog submissions, see below:


Submissions for the Antithesis blog are to be made to the submissions.antithesis@gmail.com email. 

Although we would love to see work related to our journal's theme for 2022, 'Tender', this is not a requirement for blog submissions.

What we're looking for:

  • Current cultural critique and commentary (highly encouraged)
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Short fiction
  • Poetry
  • Reviews (books, films, exhibitions, performances, etc.) 
  • Artwork (paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, comic art, graphic narrative, etc.)

Technicalities:

  • Written submissions should be 1200 words or under and submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) files. 
  • Artwork must be sent in CMYK colour, at least 300dpi in JPG or EPS files that don’t exceed 3MB. 
  • Please note that we prefer reviews and articles that are timely and topical to be published on the blog rather than in the publication to ensure we are publishing relevant content.
  • All submissions should be accompanied by a biography (150 words maximum) and research articles should also include an abstract (300 words maximum). Biographies should include your name, where you’re from, your studies, writing/research interests, if you’ve been published before and an interesting witticism about yourself. 
  • This section accepts reviews of literature, film, theatre/performances and public talks up to 3,000 words.
  • Written works should be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) files.
  • All submissions should be accompanied by an author biography (150 words maximum) including your name, where you’re from, your studies, writing interests and where you may have been published before. 
  • While we’re happy to consider works that have been sent to other journals, we ask you to please let us know well in advance if any works you have submitted to Antithesis have been accepted elsewhere for publication.
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