June’s Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin

June’s review is here! A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas, A review by editor Jessica Rae Wilson-Smith “It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it- not be broken by it.” A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third and last installment of Sarah J….

Writing Challenge Day 7

Writing Challenge Day 7 *Here is a list of story genres: romance, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, children’s book, comedy, murder mystery, western. Feel free to add any others that you like to the list.* Look at a story you’ve written this week and re-write it in the above styles. How does changing the style change your…

Writing Challenge Day 6

Writing Challenge Day 6 *write a list of your favourite characters/historical figures/celebrities.* You invite them all to dinner. What is the dinner conversation like?

Writing Challenge Day 5

Writing Challenge Day 5 *Google “weird news”. Write a list of the kooky headlines that come up.”* Imagine you wake up one day in an alternative universe where those headlines are normal. What is this alternative world like? You discover that you know one of the people involved in one of the news stories. How…

Writing Challenge Day 4

Writing Challenge Day 4 *Following on from yesterday’s challenge, write a list of places you or your character want to go.* Why do you/your character want to go to each place? What do those places have in common? How would you get to each place? What do you think would happen at each place?

Writing Challenge Day 3

Writing Challenge Day 3 *Write a list of places you or your character have been. They can be as far ranging as countries or as close to home as the local shops.* Try to link these places. What does each place say about you/your character? What did you learn in each place? What happened in…

Writing Challenge Day 2

Writing Challenge Day 2 *Look at a person that you’ve never met before. Write a list of things you notice about them.* What do these things tell you about this person’s personality? What do they do for work? What is happening in their life write now? Use your list to write a story about this…

Writing Challenge: Day 1

Writing Challenge Day 1 *write a list of things that are around you right now (objects, people, weather, sounds, smells…)* Write a story that incorporates them all. How far out of your space can you make those objects reach? How different can you make the space around you become?

Writing Challenge June 2017

Underground is proud to present the 2017 mid year writing challenge! In honour of upcoming issue, The List, this challenge utilises lists to help us develop settings, characters, plots and style. The rules are simple. Each day this week (Monday 12th – Sunday 18th June) at 5am (AWST) we’ll post the day’s list challenge. You’ll…

Writing Opportunities for June

Writing Opportunities for June 2017 Grieve Writing Competition In honour of Grief Awareness month (August), the Hunter Writers Centre is seeking submissions of short stories, up to 500 words, or poetry, up to 36 lines. For writers over 18 years, theme is to express grief and loss. Closing 9th June. hunterwriterscentre.org/grieve-project.html Overland special winter issue…

3 Ways I Trick Myself Into Writing More

3 Ways I Trick Myself Into Writing More By Editor-in-Chief Jemimah Halbert If you haven’t already read last month’s blog post I suggest you read it now. It covers the basics of defining where and how you write, and without knowing those elements it will be difficult to make any of the following tricks work. All…

May’s Review: Rubik

May’s Review is here! Rubik, by Elizabeth Tan A review by editor Jessica Gately I was lucky enough to be introduced to this book at its launch at Beaufort Street Books in Mt Lawley. I joined a throng of other local literature lovers as store reps served wine and nibbles and Tan signed copies of…

Interview: Kylie Jones, author of The Other Woman

Kylie Jones, self-published author of The Other Woman Kylie Jones’ self-published novel The Other Woman begins with the author’s husband telling her, after 28 years of marriage, that he had always wanted to live as a woman. This story is her journey of attempting to support her husband and hold her family together through the…

Issue 18’s Review: Black Hole Blues

Issue 18’s Review Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin A review by editor Jessica Gately (this review can be found in issue 18: Black Hole) The timing of this book falling into my hands could not have been better. Apart from the impending release of this issue of Underground, whose theme is also somewhat coincidentally…

Issue 17’s Review: The Other Woman

Issue 17’s Review The Other Woman by Kylie Jones (self-published) A collaborative review between Shelley Timms, Jessica Wilson-Smith, and Kate Lomas Glendenning (this review can be found in issue 17: The Hitchhiker) The Other Woman is the heart-wrenching true story of a woman coming to terms with her husband transitioning into a woman, and subsequent…

Issue 16’s Review: Am I normal Yet?

Issue 16’s Review Am I Normal Yet? By Holly Bourne A review by editor Jessica Wilson-Smith (this review can be found in issue 16: Normal?) Am I Normal Yet? is a contemporary look at what it’s like to struggle with a mental illnesses and being a young girl in today’s society. As Book 1 of…

Issue 15’s Review: Defiance

Issue 15’s Review Defiance by C. J. Redwine A review by editor Timilehin Adeyemi (this review can found in issue 15: Change) This intriguing story is plotted around Rachel Adams and a firmly kept secret within the shadow of a brutal leader in the city – state of Baalboden. Unlike other girls who opted for…

Issue 14’s Review: Death of a Bachelor (album)

Issue 14’s Review Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At the disco A review by editor Ana Neves (this review can be found is issue 14: Bittersweetness) A lot of people feel betrayed that Brendon Urie is still performing on his own under the moniker of Panic! At the Disco. The band has been known…

Issue 13’s Review: Closer (play)

Issue 13’s Review Released February 2016 Closer (play) by Patrick Marber A review by editor Kate Lomas Glendenning (this review can be found in issue 13: The Shadowed Side) An important feature of a good play is dialogue. The expressions, actions and scenery are minor to dialogue and character development in Patrick Marber’s play, Closer. Marber captured moments…

Issue 12’s Review: The Power of One

Issue 12’s Review The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (1989) A review by editor Dylan Dartnell (this review can be found in issue 12: Small and Potent) Set in South Africa, The Power of One surrounds the character of Peekay during the closing years of WWII and well into the apartheid years following. We are…

Interview: Marianna Shek, author of The Stolen Button

This Month we talk to author Marianna Shek about her picture book for adults The Stolen Button, which Marianna is currently funding for self-publication through Kickstarter. You can donate to her fund here. Hearts are stolen every day, but a stolen belly button- well, that has consequences! When willful Mei Ling wheedles her mother Lady Lin…

Kate’s TBR list

In this series we will be sharing each of our TBR books, why we’re looking forward to reading them, and why we picked up those books in the first place. Read on to discover editor Kate’s next three books To Be Read! One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  by Ken Kesey I confess I started to…

April’s Review: Ophelia

April’s Review Ophelia (2017) By Breanne McIvor (Illustration by Timothy Greene) A review by editor Dylan Dartnell I am sure no one remembers their first crush with much fondness. In fact, I am even more certain that those are memories we all suppressed until it was safe to laugh about without feeling the sting of…

Issue 18: Black Hole is here!

Issue 18: Black Hole is here! Featuring a review by our very own Jessica Gately, poems from Anthea Yang and Jan Price, and short stories from Carmenn Alexander King Kocznur, Nerissa Marcon, Mai Nguyen, and our feature piece from Fleur Brown-Beeby, as well as the usual monthly round-up of writing opportunities. Also revealing the theme for…

3 Simple Ways To Get Your Writing Started

3 Simple Ways To Get Your Writing Started By Editor-in-Chief Jemimah Halbert I’ve been an avid reader and regular writer for most of my life. I have kept diaries, journals, date books, notebooks, Word docs and blogs as ways to keep up regular writing, although there have been long stretches when I didn’t write much…

Writing Opportunities for April + submissions are still open!

We have just released our monthly round up opportunities for writers – they can be found on our Writing Opportunities page. We are still accepting submissions for issue 18: Black Hole, and we are also still seeking submissions for cover art for issue 18. You could see your artwork on the cover of the Underground…

Underground is part of the WA Literary Youth Festival!

This Tuesday 11th April Underground Writers will be participating in a panel as part of the Literary Youth Festival in the Cultural Centre of Perth! The panel is entitledåÊLit. Laptops, and explores the field of online Podcasting and Blogging. The panel will discuss how they started their blogs and podcast, and share some of their…

Submissions for issue 18 extended

Due to a small amount of submissions, the deadline for sending your work for consideration in issue 18 has been extended to Saturday 15th April. We want to fill issue 18 with as much fantastic creativeåÊwriting as our last issue, and thatåÊwriting comes from you! So head over to our Submissions page, read through the…

March’s Review: That Eye, the Sky

March’s review Editor Kate Lomas Glendenning reviews Tim Winton’s classic That Eye, the Sky. That Eye, the Sky is one of Tim Winton’s earlier works before Cloudstreet propelled him to fame. Winton’s writing style is distinct and rich in prose. His style at first appears jarring against his point of view, that of a pre-pubescent boy,…

Issue 17: The Hitchhiker is here

Issue 17: The Hitchhiker is here! Featuring poetry from Jan Price and short stories from Jane Downing, Kerri Turner, Daniel Campbell, Carmenn Alexander King Koczur, Aline Mwezi-Niyonsenga, Cindy Tomamichel, feature piece from Sarah Giles, and our first collaborative review, by editors Kate Lomas Glendenning, Shelley Timms and Jessica Wilson-Smith, ofåÊKylie Jones’ autobiographical workåÊThe Other Woman….

Issue 17 submissions are now closed

Submissions for issue 17: The Hitchhiker closed on Sunday night. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted; it’s going to be a fantastic issue! Issue 17 will be released Sunday 5th February, and we’ve got a few other things coming out between now and then. So watch this space, and up keep reading and…

January’s review: Underwater

January’s Review Underwater by Marisa Reichardt A review by editor Timilehin Adeyemi Underwater is one contemporary novel that had me on the edge.  Marisa Reichardt’s writing is phenomenal, employing a wordy style with every bit and piece coming together to form a brighter picture of event.  The writing style was perfect for the plot. It captures…

January Writing Opportunity Round-up

Every month we will be doing a round-up of opportunities for writers. Read on for motivation! Local Opportunities Opportunities in Australasia and New Zealand Kat Muscat Fellowship An annual fellowship that offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary conforming…

Again, the Pozible campaign

The campaign ends To all of our supporters, Our campaign ended last night, and unfortunately we did not reach our target amount. I would like to thank everyone who pledged to us, and say that although we have been unsuccessful in reaching our monetary goal, we have achieved our goal of reaching more writers and…

The Pozible Campaign

We have just launched our very first venture into crowdfunding with a Pozible campaign, which can be found here. You can read more about it on the campaign page, but basically Underground has always run on the generosity of passionate creatives, and now we are asking for a different kind of generosity: monetary generosity! We…

Our Big Plan

Underground is undergoing some big changes in 2017! The first change is that Jessica G., one of the original and founding members of Underground, has returned to us and, much like Gavin Kavanagh in The Boat That Rocked, is ready to rock and/or roll! With her help, and the hard work of all the volunteers that…

November’s review: Fly the Colour Fantastica

November’s Review Fly the Colour Fantastica: A comic anthology, featuring comic artists Natasha Sim, Sheree Chuang, Alisha Jade, Viet-My Bui, Alicia Braumberger, Eevien Tan, Sai Nitivoranant, Rebecca Hayes, Eri Kashima, Sam Jacobin, Nadia Attlee, Vikki Ong A review by editor-in-chief Jemimah Fly the Colour Fantastica is a collection of short comics, each one its own self-contained…

Issue 16 is here!

Issue 16 asks the question: what is normal? Featuring a review of Holly Bourne’s YA book Am I Normal Yet? by editor Jessica, two poems by A. J. Huffman, I Dream In Absinthe and Rocking In Empty Rooftops, the poem Father by Jan Price that gently deconstructs grief and memory, and a short story by our regular writer…

September’s review: The Little Prince

September’s Review The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery A review by editor Kate Lomas Glendenning The Little Prince is a beautiful, classic novel that children and adults alike adore. Le Petit Prince has continued to stand the test of time since its publication in 1943. It was first published in French, with illustrations by the author…

Issue 6 appears from the wild!

Hi all, Chris here. Again. Don’t act like you’re not getting tired of seeing me start all my posts in the same way. Anyway. Exciting news, though the title of this post really says it all. Issue 6 has been released, and to say that it’s been an interesting journey getting to this stage would…