The red text #23 PUNCTURE sits in the top left corner, atop a blue-toned collage of textures and patterns.

Are you pulled over on the side of the road with a flat? Got a particularly fine piece of embroidery? Or maybe you just spent three hours stapling documents on a Friday afternoon, only to have to pull them all out again. Perhaps this led to a few mildly frustrated texts, punctuated with hard full stops that almost put holes in your phone screen. However you interpret it, we’re looking for piercingly sharp literature and artworks that play with the theme of PUNCTURE (carefully, of course).

Submissions are open until 11.59pm (AEDT) Sunday 1 August 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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