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…

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…

September’s Review: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

September’s Review The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo A review by editor Ailish Beahan Michael Morpurgo, a popular author of school age fiction, is well known for his books Why the Whales Came, A Medal For Leroy, and Kensuke’s Kingdom. Set in 1943, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is a well-woven…

Submissions for issue 12 closed

13th September, 2015 Submissions for issue 12 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted, and keep an eye out here for the release of issue 12!

Submission extension for issue 12

30th August, 2015 Due to a lack of submissions, we are extending the deadline for issue 12 of Underground to Saturday 12th of September. We are very short on poetry, but still accepting short stories, reviews and flash fiction. We offer feedback on pieces that aren’t accepted, so even if you’re not sure it’ll end…

July’s Review: Peter and Alice (play)

July’s Review Peter and Alice (play) by John Logan A review by editor Kate Lomas Glendenning Peter and Alice is John Logan’s play about Peter Llewelyn Davies and Alice Liddell Hargreaves, two of the most famous muses in children’s literature. They are more commonly known as the children whom inspired J.M Barrie’s novel, Peter and Wendy and…

Submissions for issue 12 are open!

Submissions for issue 12 are open! 2nd July, 2015 Issue 12 will be released in September, so you’ve got heaps of time to polish up those poems, stories and reviews. Have a read through our submissions page, make sure your submission/s follow the guidelines, and send on over your best creative pieces! Submissions close 29th August.

Issue 11 now available!

12th June, 2015 Issue 11 is now live! Featuring pieces received in the three-year gap since our last issue, issue 11 is our Don’t mind the gap issue! Issue 11 – June 2015 – Don’t mind the gap Our feature piece comes from poet A. J. Huffman and can be found on page 2, our first…

Red Hot Release! Issue 10!

Hi all, Just a quick late-night update (well, ‘late-night’ over here in Australia… it’s 1AM!), and an exciting one at that! We may have been silent for a few months, but we’re pleased to announce that we’re still alive, and more importantly, we’ve just released Issue 10! It’s chock-full of prose and poetry goodness and…

Boom shakalaka! It’s Issue 9!

Hi folks! Sorry to disappoint, but this is not some kind of elaborate April Fools prank. Nope, you read right: Underground Issue 9 is out, and it’s just bursting at the seams with prose and poetry for your hot little hands. We’ve had an incredible number of submissions this issue, and we’re proud to say…

Local Literary Spotlight: Perth Writers Festival

Hi all, As you all probably know, the Perth Writers Festival is next week, running from the 24th of February through to the 26th. There will be stalls, workshops, lectures and panels with guest authors – local, national and international including the fabulous and hilarious Marieke Hardy, Germaine Greer, Thomas Keneally…a whole host of writers…

Happy New Year! Issue 8 and a new writing activity?! Say it ain’t so…

Howdy howdy, writers and readers alike, After a long, long wait, Issue 8 has finally been released. Now, you’ve probably got a few questions for us. Firstly, what is this monster ‘zine that appears in front of me, parading around with its 20 pages of literary goodness? Secondly, why does it say December 2011? Thirdly……

Submissions and NaNoWriMo!

Hey Hey happy writers, As many of you may already know, NaNoWriMo is next month! National Novel Writing Month encourages you to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Intimidating? Maybe a little… Fun? DEFINITELY!! So our advice from here at Underground is to start preparing. Start getting a skeleton plot together and if you’ve…

What is that I spy on the horizon? Could it be…? Issue 7…?

Hi all! Just dropping in with a quick announcement: Issue 7 is released! You can find it over in our Issues section. It’s a double-sized issue this time around, with eight pages of word-y goodness for you to devour. This also marks the first issue that our new editors have been involved with from the…

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…

Meet the new editors!

Hi guys, Chris here. So we’ve kept it fairly under wraps – or rather not at all – that we’ve been searching for a new editing team for Issue 6 and beyond for Underground, and I’m pleased as punch to reveal that we have finally settled on a wonderful new team of six editors. We…