How-to: Submit your writing to Voiceworks
Want to get your work published?
It’s hard to know where to start as a young writer. Our friends over at Express Media run an amazing quarterly magazine called Voiceworks, which publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics by young people under the age of 25.
Voiceworks is a great place to submit your work for publication because the magazine was created specifically to support young writers. Even if your piece isn’t selected for publication you will receive feedback from one of the editors, helping you to develop your work for next time!
Sounds great! How does it work?
For each issue (they publish four a year), Voiceworks does a call-out for submissions relating to a theme. The theme is usually a single word (like ‘Defiance’, ‘Motive’ or ‘Cake’) and writers and artists are encouraged to interpret the theme as creatively as possible.
Each category has its own specific guidelines, but here are the basics:
Fiction: stories of no more than 3,000 words.
Poetry: up to three poems per submission, each no more than 100 lines. You can check out the Voiceworks poetry guide here before submitting your work.
Nonfiction: Voiceworks recommends that you pitch your nonfiction work before submitting it. Head here for advice on how to construct your pitch and write good nonfiction. For completed work, you can submit up to two pieces, each no more than 3,000 words.
Art and comics: Voiceworks is printed in black-and-white (greyscale) and the page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. They recommend you pitch your comics before submitting them, check out their pitching guide here. You can submit up to three artworks or comics.
You submit your work online via their submissions page.
I’ve submitted my work, what now?
Congratulations! Preparing a piece for submission is hard work so give yourself a pat on the back and take a bit of a breather.
After submissions have closed, the Voiceworks editorial committee will read through all the submissions and select some for publication.
If your work is selected, you will be contacted by an editor and will work with them one-on-one to prepare your work for publication. This might involve rewriting some parts of your work, but your editor will be there to help you every step of the way.
If your work is not selected, don’t worry! Unfortunately, there are only so many pages in the magazine so they can’t publish everything, but you will receive feedback from one of the editors. They will let you know what they really liked about your work, and perhaps some things that they think you could work on for next time. Win-win!
Check out previous issues of Voiceworks to see the kind of work they like to publish.
And don’t forget, practice makes perfect — keep writing!