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Who’s that catching your eye at the check-out? It’s MEETCUTE, the latest submissions call-out from The Suburban Review! We’re now open for submissions across fiction, poetry, literary essays, comics and art.

We’re looking for stories and essays that explode with sparks of connection, and poems that explore beyond the boundaries of tradition. We want art that we obsess over while lying awake at night, and comics that delight us out of the blue. We want it to be 1998 again. We want a MEETCUTE!

ALSO: TSR is now publishing in a digital-first format straight onto our website, so you can send us your digital, animated, experimental or audio work to consider for this issue!

Submissions are open until 11:59 p.m. (AEST) Sunday 5 May 2024.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The Suburban Review accepts previously unpublished work. We allow simultaneous submissions. If it’s been accepted elsewhere just let us know through Submittable or email us at submissions@theusburbanreview.com 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.

RATES AND WORD LIMITS

FICTION

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

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

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

POETRY

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

COMICS + ART

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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1.      (a)  editing, changing, copying, adding to, taking from, adapting and/or translating the Work, in any manner or context, for any purpose, notwithstanding such activity may amount to derogatory treatment under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth); and

2.      (b)  reproducing the name, image and likeness of the Author in connection with the Licence.

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(c) the Author is the sole author of the Work;
(d) the Author is legally entitled to enter into this deed and to grant the Licence; and
(e) to the best of the knowledge and belief of the Author, no part of the Work is defamatory, in contempt of any court or parliament and no part of the Work is an invasion of privacy or a breach of confidence of any person.

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(f) The Author acknowledges that nothing in this deed obliges the Publisher to publish or exploit the Work in any manner or at all.

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