Submissions closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted their writing to issue 18 of Underground Writers zine. The deliberating process looms, and we look forward to reading all of your amazing writing! Keep an eye on this space – Issue 18: Black Hole will be released on the 5th May, but if you’re one of our amazing…

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…

We are seeking an illustrator for issue 18!

Underground is searching for artists to illustrate issue 18 “Black Hole”. If you’d like to submit your idea for our cover, send a mock up to submissions@underground-writers.org by Sunday 16th April. We pay the same rates for artists as we do our writers. If we choose your idea we will need a final product by…

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…

Interview: Georgia Richter, Publisher at Fremantle Press

Georgia Richter, Publisher at Fremantle Press March, 2017   We are very pleased to present another interview conducted by editor Shelley Timms, this time talking to Georgia Richter, Publisher at Fremantle Press. Georgia shared with us the publishing process, tips on how to find a publisher for your book, some exciting new releases soon to…

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,…

Perth Writers Festival 2017 – Big Bold Ideas

A review of this year’s Perth Writers Festival by Jess G Big Bold Ideas was the theme of this year’s Perth Writers Festival, held from February 23rd– 26th as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. Packed full of passionate and courageous writers covering a multitude of political topics, the cornerstone of the festival was…

Issue 18 submissions are open!

Submissions for issue 18: Black Hole are now open! Issue 18 will be released on Friday 5th May, and submissions for this issue close in early April – check back here soon for a date. Check out our Submissions page for more details of how to submit your work to Underground Writer’s Zine. Black Hole…

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…

Patreon launch! Issue 17 deadline!

Hello fabulous readers & writers, Just a small reminder that submissions for issue 17 of the Underground zine,åÊthemed The Hitchhiker, close onåÊSunday 15th January. So get your poetry, short stories and flash fiction to us in the next four days to be considered for issue 17! And some exciting news: we’ve launched our very own…

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

All of the books, plays, movies and albums reviewed by Underground’s editors up to 2016! 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…

December’s review: Saga (Vol. 1)

December’s Review Saga (Vol. 1), writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples A review by editor Shelley Timms When I first heard about Saga, there was a lot of hype surrounding it on Goodreads and YouTube. People loved it. And, being someone who wasn’t really into graphic novels, I didn’t quite understand why. I…

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…

Submissions for issue 16 are now open!

Submissions for issue 16 of Underground are open! We accept poetry, short fiction, flash fiction and reviews, and as always the theme is open and submission is free! For an idea of what we publish, and to learn more about us, you can download our older issues for free on the Issues page. For specs on…

August’s review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

August’s Review The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (pen name of J. K. Rowling) A review by editor Dylan Dartnell Warning: This review may be considered blasphemous in some literary circles. I apologise in advance. Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling hit the shelves in 2013, and since then, we have come to realise that this…

Issue 15: Change is here

Issue 15 features works of poetry and short fiction that explore facets of change, both its unpredictable presence and equally fickle absence. Our feature piece is John Taurek Baziw’s poem Isolation, and we also have two poems from poet Felicity Oriander. Our short fiction pieces are from writers Taia Jones and Nicole Bostrom, whose second work in…

Issue 15 submissions are now closed

Submissions for issue 15 of Underground are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted; issue 15 will be released in the next few weeks!

June’s Review: The Dressmaker (book)

June’s Review 12th June, 2016 Warning: this review contains slight spoilers A review by editor-in-chief Jemimah Halbert The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham is, at its simplest, an Australian Gothic novel. I read it in large chunks over a long weekend, becoming fully immersed in the dusty town of Dungatar, its gossiping inhabitants, and the story…

The official Underground Goodreads page is here!

Underground now has its very own Goodreads page! Find us on Goodreads at Underground Writers and you’ll see our collection of monthly reviews. Subscribe to our feed and you’ll be notified every time a new review is released. Find our Goodreads page here

May’s Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

May’s Review The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North A review by editor Shelley Timms The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a time travel story with a difference. He lives, he dies, and then he starts over again; in the exact same place he was born, and with all of…

Submissions for issue 15 are open!

Submissions for issue 15 of Underground are open! We accept poetry, short fiction, flash fiction and reviews, and as usual the theme is open and submission is free! For an idea of what we publish, and to learn more about us, you can download our older issues for free on the Issues page. For specs…

Issue 14: Bittersweetness has arrived

Issue 14 features works that explore the parallels and contrasts of Bitterness and Sweetness, embodied in joy and pain, beauty and conflict, comfort and hardship. We encounter lovers on a journey from pain into hope in Trevor Scott Barton’s short story Revolution, the poetry of Shelby Traynor in which we experience the uncomfortable squirm of projected judgment…

Issue 14 submissions are now closed

Submissions for issue 14 of Underground closed on 20th March, thank you to everyone who submitted. Issue 14 will be released on Sunday the 10th of April; watch this space!

March’s Review: The Hunting Ground (documentary)

March’s Review The Hunting Ground, a documentary directed by Kirby Dick A review by editor Shelley Timms It’s not often that a film leaves me seething. The Hunting Ground, Kirby Dick’s 2015 documentary about college sexual assault, did just that. I discovered this documentary while watching the 2016 Oscars, when Lady Gaga performed ‘Till It Happens…

Submissions open for issue 14!

Submissions are open for issue 14 of Underground! Send us your best poetry, short fiction, flash fiction and reviews, and you could see your work in our next issue, due out in April. Consult our Submissions page for what we accept and how to get it to us!

Issue 13: The Shadowed Side has arrived

Issue 13 is finally here, and features creative writing’s Shadowed Side, where reside the things we hide, things other’s cannot abide. Our feature piece, Raphaelle Race’s poem The last battle, explores the brutality of dealing with a mental illness. We have works  exploring love lost, selfish and mysterious villains, and the eternal wrestle with one’s…

January’s Review: The Fifth Wave (book)

January’s Review The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey A review by editor Candace Sharpe Am I the only avid reader that feels the bittersweet dread when the announcement of a favourite book is to be re-created on screen? To know that the words on a page that pulled you out of your own world and…

Submissions for issue 13 closed

2nd January, 2016 The first news of 2016 is that submissions for issue 13 are now closed! A hearty thank you to everyone who sent us their surviving darlings! We’ve had a lot of submissions for this issue and it is partly due to you, our lovely readers and writers, spreading the word to your…

December’s review: The Book Thief (book)

December’s Review The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak A review by editor Jessica Wilson-Smith Despite classified as a “young adult” novel, Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief is anything but that. Set in WWII Germany, the novel is painstakingly structured to cause as much heart-ache in the reader as possible and still be a work of…

November’s Review: Life Partners (movie)

November’s Review Life Partners (2014) Directed by: Susanna Fogel Starring: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs & Adam Brody A review by editor Shelley Timms Susanna Fogel’s indie gem Life Partners tackles the typical best friend/new boyfriend conflict seen in many romantic comedies. When taken on face value, the low-budget, GLAAD Award nominated comedy may seem a…

Submissions for issue 13 are open!

Submissions for issue 13 are open! 8th November, 2015 Issue 13 will be released in January 2016. As always it is an open theme and we are accepting poetry, short stories, flash fiction and reviews. Read through our submissions page, make sure your submission/s follow the guidelines, and send on over your best creative pieces! Submissions close end…

Issue 12 is here, and it’s Small and Potent

Issue 12 is finally here, and it’s small, potent and comforting, like a short black at the end of a long night. This issue features poems by Dean Meredith, short stories from Taia Jones and James Kay, October’s review by our very own DylanQuent, and introduces ShellShock, editor number 9, whose biography you can read…