Meet Our Editors

Our editors are our life force. These dedicated volunteers live and breathe writing and reading and have made it their mission to help emerging writers succeed. We’ve seen editors come and go according to the hectic lives these champions lead, but our current line-up is as follows:

Managing Director; Bookshop Manager; Director of Literary Development & Production; Director of Web Production.
Main duties: Coordination of regular web content; managing UW bookshop; in-team communications; coordination of overall direction of Underground Writers. Started with Underground Writers in 2010.

Read Jemimah’s work here.

Social Media Manager; Media Liaison; Director of Business Development.
Main duties: Generating and executing key networking activities; managing overall marketing scheme and direction; generation of future activities and direction; coordinating feedback for issues. Started with Underground Writers in 2009.

Read Jess’s work here.

Director of the UW zine: Editor in Chief.
Main duties: Coordinating and managing issues of the UW zine; writing reviews and listicles; working with authors before issue publication. Started with Underground Writers in Febuary 2015.

Read Kate’s work here.

Senior Editor, Mentor Manager.
Main duties: Coordinating and mentoring Junior Editors; writing book reviews and conducting interviews with authors and industry workers. Started with Underground Writers in September 2015.

Read Shelley’s work here.

Editor, Web Content Editor.
Main duties: Generation and high-level editing of website content; working with authors before issue publication. Started with Underground Writers in March 2020.

Read Ebony’s work here.

Editor, Web Content Editor.
Main duties: Writing reviews and conducting interviews; working with authors before issue publication; working with and learning from the rest of the UW team. Started with Underground Writers in September 2020.

Read Lauren’s work here.

How we got here

The Underground zine was started by a group of students who were studying together at Edith Cowan University, Perth in 2009. Our founders were ‘just a little’ intimidated by the submissions process to big publications and literary journals when they first started out and figured that there were probably loads of other writers out there like them. With that in mind, they decided to create Underground as a way to ease new writers into the process.

There’s been several teams of editors since then, only one of the original founders is still involved, and the zine has changed considerably but the idea and the passion remains. You can still see all the original issues over on the Issues page. You may notice a three-year gap between July 2010 and June 2015. That is when our founding members moved overseas, and Underground took a bit of a break. Luckily for us, former editor Jemimah Halbert stepped up to revive the zine in 2014 and has been passionate about it ever since. She recruited a new team and developed a new vision for Underground.

Since the revival, Underground Writers have become more than just a zine: we are now a writing community. We review debut Australian novels, speak with industry professionals, run writing challenges, and release regular posts with tips and tricks for improving your writing. With each year we grow and expand in the hopes that we can reach and help even more aspiring writers.