Extended Call

Submissions are now being invited for Idiom23 – Aftermath? Creative Writing in the time of COVID-19: Lockdown and Isolation (Themed Issue #29) – 2022

The extended call for this themed issue has at its focus creative responses to the COVID-19 health crisis; its life and wellbeing impacts and it's aftermath (albeit on-going)—it is an opportunity for creative writers to tell strategic stories about the pandemic and to come together as emerging writers. The issue is deeply interested in capturing a creative 'picture' of regional writers responses to the experience of 'lockdown.' Please send creative work—short-short fiction, 'sudden' fiction, 'sketchy' stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, short scenes or scripts, as well as hybrid forms. Submissions must be previously unpublished.

Submissions must relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not mean that your work must specifically use the words; 'pandemic,' 'Corona virus,' or 'COVID-19.' More important is writing that reflects your experience during this unique time. Please send your most polished work, before the due date. The aim is to capture the immediacy of 'strategic storytelling positions'. Strategic storytelling are the stories of social good. They are meaningful and experiential stories about the social impact of personal consequence. We also welcome images on the theme in the form of photographs, illustrations, drawings, or some other medium. Write creatively. Show strategically. Tell with purpose.

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Idiom 23 publishes original short stories, poems and articles. Black and white photographs and artwork are also welcome. The magazine has a rich history of celebrating regional living and multiculturalism in the Central Queensland region, and each issue is themed. 

Idiom 23 is not limited to a particular viewpoint and hopes to encourage and publish a broad spectrum of writing including opportunities for emerging and established writers. Submissions outside the theme are also welcome.

Please note that we are a small non-profit literary magazine and regretfully cannot provide complimentary copies of editions to contributors.


Extended Call

Submissions are now being invited for Idiom23 

– Aftermath? Creative Writing in the time of COVID-19: Lockdown and Isolation (Themed Issue #29) – 2022


The extended call for this themed issue has at its focus creative responses to the COVID-19 health crisis; its life and wellbeing impacts and it's aftermath (albeit on-going)—it is an opportunity for creative writers to tell strategic stories about the pandemic and to come together as emerging writers. The issue is deeply interested in capturing a creative 'picture' of regional writers responses to the experience of 'lockdown.' 

Please send creative work—short-short fiction, 'sudden' fiction, 'sketchy' stories, creative nonfiction, poetry, short scenes or scripts, as well as hybrid forms.

Submissions must be previously unpublished. 

Submissions must relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not mean that your work must specifically use the words; 'pandemic,' 'Corona virus,' or 'COVID-19.' More important is writing that reflects your experience during this unique time.  

Please send your most polished work, before the due date. The aim is to capture the immediacy of 'strategic storytelling positions'. Strategic storytelling are the stories of social good. They are meaningful and experiential stories about the social impact of personal consequence. 

We also welcome images on the theme in the form of photographs, illustrations, drawings, or some other medium. 

Write creatively. Show strategically. Tell with purpose.

Please ensure your submission adheres to the following guidelines:

  • All fiction and non-fiction submissions must be limited to 3000 words or less, and poetry to one page or less.
  • Each contributor should limit their submissions to three comprising any mixture of writing and artwork, submitted as separate attachments in .rtf or .doc form for textual submissions and artwork in .jpg or .png format.
  • Multiple submissions must be made in separate individual rtf. or .doc files (multiple submissions in a single rtf. or .doc file may not be considered).
  • Please use the photo release form.
  • Please do not submit images over 300kb.
  • All literary submissions should be in 12 point Times New Roman font and 1.5 spaced.
  • The (extended) cut-off date for this issue is September 8th 2022. Submissions received after this date may not be considered. Use Harvard style formatting and referencing (where relevant) see: https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/services-and-facilities/referencing/cquniversity-referencing-guides
  • Please note that we are a small non-profit literary magazine and regretfully cannot provide complimentary copies of editions to contributors. Authors can purchase copies through CQUniversity bookshop (https://bookshop.cqu.edu.au/). Type 'Idiom 23' into the search engine and click 'go' to view available editions.

Submit: https://idiom23-cquniversity.submittable.com/submit 

Please bear in mind that your submission must include a short biography (written in the third person). The editorial team cannot do this for you. Remember, if submitting more than one piece, please ensure that you submit each piece on a separate individual document. We will contact you following the review process and appreciate your patience as we undertake this work, which can often be time consuming. A member of the editorial team will communicate with you via email in due course. Thank you again for submitting to Idiom23.

Donate to Idiom23: Donations (tax deductible) can be made to Idiom23 through the University Website: http://www.cqu.edu.au/donate

Idiom23 is a literary magazine encouraging regional and national writing and supported by the CQUniversity School of Education and Arts. Idiom23 publishes original short stories, poems and articles. Black and white photographs and artwork are also welcome. Idiom23 is not limited to a particular viewpoint and hopes to encourage and publish a broad spectrum of writing.

About Us: https://www.cqu.edu.au/about-us/structure/schools/ea/idiom-23-literary-magazine


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