The Journal


The Suburban Review is a literary collective that worships creativity. We publish a quarterly digital journal of short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art.

We operate remotely across various locations, and we’re interested in publishing the work of writers from all over Australia and the world. We praise creativity, adore the tongue-in-cheek, and love having our hearts broken again and again.


The Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Claire Albrecht

Claire is an award-winning poet and curator from Mulubinba (Newcastle). She was the 2019 Emerging Writers Festival fellow at the State Library of Victoria, a 2020 Varuna ‘Writing Fire, Writing Drought’ fellow, and will be a resident at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico in 2022. Her debut chapbook pinky swear was published in 2018, and her forthcoming manuscript handshake was shortlisted for the Puncher & Wattmann First Poetry Book Prize. Claire is the guest Poetry Curator for the Newcastle Writers Festival 2021/22.

Contact at: editor@thesuburbanreview.com.

Deputy Editor: Erin McFadyen

Erin is a writer, editor, and educator based on Gadigal land. Her work can be found in Foam Magazine, The Monthly, Overland, Art & Australia, The Mascara Review, Review 31, and Artist Profile, where she is currently Deputy Editor. She is currently co-editing a volume of collected essays on the artist Khaled Sabsabi, forthcoming with Bandicoot Books.

Contact at: deputy@thesuburbanreview.com.

Associate Editor + Media Manager: Maya Pilbrow

Maya studies languages, linguistics and history at The University of Melbourne. She has been involved as a subeditor and contributor for The University of Melbourne-based history journal Chariot. She is fascinated by the role language plays in decolonising the social sciences. In her spare time, she is a musician and avid pop-culture enthusiast.

Contact at: media.manager@thesuburbanreview.com.

Associate Editor: Panda Wong

Panda is a poet, writer and living personification of ‘I’m baby’ living in Narrm/so-called Melbourne. She has performed at Emerging Writers Festival, Digital Writers Festival, Liminal, and the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. She writes about navigating the complex and annoying landscape of grief.

Associate Editor: Sam Stevens

Sam is a Narrm-based writer and editor. They have a degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Their embroidered poetry has been exhibited at various galleries, including Brunswick Street Gallery, No Vacancy Gallery, and Noir Darkroom. Their house is often full of foster cats, fridge poetry, and odd socks.

Associate Editor: L.B. Hazelthorn

L. B. is a writer and editor. They read poetry with Overland and concoct fictions about demons, dreamers, and secret languages. They’ve spent half a lifetime in imaginary worlds, leaving behind a trail of aliases and unfinished Arts degrees, and now live in lutruwita/Tasmania. Their hobbies include baking brownies and simping over villains.

Associate Editor: Megan Payne

Megan is a dancer, choreographer, and writer, based in Narrm. In 2020, in response to lockdowns, they co-created and hosted the radio show Land Swimming as a way to feel closer to swimming and bodies of water. Megan loves writing poetry and is currently working on a fiction manuscript about a non-binary character’s relationship with their ageing Grandmother, who also happens to be a werewolf. They study Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.

Layout Editor: Mikayla Bamford

Mikayla is a writer and editor, and more importantly, a book fanatic. She studies writing and publishing at RMIT University and has been published in the Bowen Street Press. She’s a chronic crier who writes fiction and creative non-fiction that’s afflicted with angst. In her spare time she tries to manage the hair pulling process of terra-forming her Animal Crossing island.

Intern: Svetlana Sterlin

Svetlana is an emerging screen, poetry, and prose writer based in Meanjin, where she completed a BFA, contributes to Our Culture Magazine, and edits fiction with Voiceworks. Her writing appears in MeanjinCorditeVoiceworks, the anthology Within/Without These Walls (AndAlso Books), and elsewhere. A swimming coach and former swimmer, she makes most things about swimming–like her online publication, swim meet lit mag. More from Svetlana: https://linktr.ee/svetlanasterlin

Graphic Design: David Mahler

David is a comic artist and filmmaker. Their first comic book ‘Deep Park’ was published in 2013 and their most recent, ‘The Secret Ingredient’ was hand-risograph printed and released during a residency at Tree Paper Comics in 2018. Their work has been published in The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Entropy, Voiceworks and more. They are interested in comics which utilise form to support a story.

Website Manager: Sam Penny

Sam studied Literature and Politics at The University of East Anglia and  Marketing at The University of Manchester. He has worked for a number of non-profit organisations that specialise in relationship counselling and relief from domestic violence. In his current role, Sam manages the digital side of a busy publishing company in Collingwood. In his spare time, he makes fresh, delicious bagels for his friends, plays the guitar, and practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Founder: T. J. Robinson

T. J. is a writer and editor living in Melbourne, Australia. He has been published in Seizure, Tincture Journal, and The Victorian Writer. In 2010 he won the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. He founded The Suburban Review in 2013 and edited it until 2019. You can visit his website or follow him on Twitter @TJ_Writing.