Centered in the banner image are the words "#21: SALT" in blue lettering. The background is a multicoloured, rainbow splash of colour overlaid with streaks and squiggles reminiscent of rivulets of water washing down the beach.

Hot chips leaving oily residue on lips. Lick it off your fingers. A reminder of the ocean. Crispy hair; briny skin. Memories of a hazy beach day, running in and out of the surf. The encrusted rim of a cheeky margarita. A chemical reaction. A remedy to the scourge of blandness. Olives, pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, capers; a key ingredient in preservation. A pinch, a dash, a sprinkle. Refer to Salt Bae for suave seasoning techniques. The aftertaste of a big, heaving cry. What’s lingering on your palate? We want to know about the crystallised, preserved, and elevated. Send us your saltiest submissions!

Submissions are open until 11.59pm (AEST) Sunday 31 January 2021!

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We allow simultaneous submissions, if your work has been accepted elsewhere just email us and let us know. (We promise to heartily congratulate you, too!) We only allow one submission per person (that means you need to choose if you want to submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, or art). To submit poetry (that’s a maximum of 3 poems), make sure all the poems are in a single document.

When submitting your file, make sure your submission fits into one of the payment categories below. (Please don’t send us your novels and poetry manuscripts!)

Here’s what we pay:


2000-2500 words—no more than that! (payment $150)

1000-2000 words (payment $100)

500-1000 words (payment $75)


2000-2500 words—no more than that! (payment $150)

1000-2000 words (payment $100)

500-1000 words (payment $75)


Suite of three poems—no more than that! (payment $150)

1 poem over 30 lines (payment $100)

1 poem under 30 lines (payment $75)


We accept rolling submissions of comics and art. Send a sample of your work to our Art + Comics Editor David Mahler ( at any time. For the submissions period of this issue, you are also welcome to submit your work through our formal submissions process. Categories and payment for comics and art are as follows.

2 page comic B&W or Colour (payment $100)

4 page comic B&W or Colour (payment $200)

1 page illustration B&W or Colour (payment $75)

1 page cover art (payment $200)

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