The words "#24 Ugly" are set on a black background beside a terrifying, skull-like face that has wide beady eyes, blue mosaic forehead skin, black mosaic around a red triangular nose hole and a few human teeth set into a cracked blue mosaic jaw.

It’s visceral. It’s political. It’s Daphne and Celeste’s 2000 hit single. It’s UGLY. We might have ugly pasts, or ugly futures, to say nothing of the present. This aesthetic category–not quite the same as abject, not quite the same as grotesque–is all around us…perhaps even within. This issue, we want you to tell us where you see it. Revolting, repulsive, show us all of it. Because ugly is, after all, in the eye of the beholder.

Submissions are open until 11.59pm (AEDT) Wednesday 20 October 2021!

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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. Please review our submission guidelines at!

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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