The Suburban Review has an itch that only the sharpest submissions can scratch. As summer rolls over us—with its charge, its sweetness, its sting—we’re seeking work that gets under our skin for TSR #29: ITCH. 

Sure, our bodies itch—but so can the fabric of a genre, the scenes and strictures of our social lives, and conversations which dry and flake. Send us fiction that pierces the world’s surface, and poetry that spreads across the dermis of the page. Send us literary essays on the matters that keep you up at night (like that singular, sly mozzie in your bedroom), and visual art and comics which tingle, tickle, or prick at our perception.

Submissions are open until 11:59 p.m. (AEDT) Wednesday 8 February 2023.

We accept rolling expressions of interest to publish your art and comics with us. Please send us an email at with a sample of your work and a short bio.

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We allow simultaneous submissions. If it’s been accepted elsewhere just email us at with “Withdrawing submission” as your subject line. 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.



2000-2500 words—no more than that! (payment $275)
1000-2000 words (payment $200) 500-1000 words (payment $150)


2000-2500 words—no more than that! (payment $275)
1000-2000 words (payment $200)
500-1000 words (payment $150)


Suite of three poems—no more than that! (payment $275)
Over 30 lines (payment $175)
Under 30 lines (payment $125)


2 page comic B&W or Colour (payment $200)
1 page illustration B&W or Colour (payment $100)
1 page cover art (payment $300)



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