Canberra Writing Anthology Project

1913 Preliminary Plan of Canberra (Courtesy of the National Library of Australia)

About the Canberra Writing Anthology Project

The Canberra Writing Anthology Project aims to grow the Canberra literary community and to create a touch point at this moment in time that reflects the realities of people working and living in Canberra. The aim of this project is to publish a creative writing anthology that showcases the works of Canberra writers, poets, creators, and artists, both established and emerging – a dedicated text that speaks to the diversity of Canberra voices and challenges the popular narrative of the ‘Canberra bubble’.

We want to show Canberra as it truly is: a rich, diverse, storied place, which just also happens to be the nation’s capital.

We will be accepting submissions for this anthology from writers and artists based in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and surrounding regions from 1 July to 31 August.

We are interested in exploring the identity of Canberra and its surrounding regions, engaging with Canberra’s image and place in Australian history and culture, and challenging narrow public narratives of the city and surrounds. As we aim to do through Cicerone Journal, we want the diversity of cultural experience, language, sexuality, and gender of Canberra’s inhabitants reflected in this anthology. We encourage submissions from writers for whom English is not their first language but who have a story to tell and who have made Canberra their home.

Cicerone Journal would like to thank and acknowledge artsACT for their funding of this project.

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Submissions Guidelines

Open to all residents of Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding regions.

All selected contributors will have their work published in the anthology and will be paid for their work as follows:
– Poetry $60
– Short story $100
– Visual or photographic essay, comic, illustration $100

All contributors to the anthology will also receive one free copy of the printed anthology.

General Information

The anthology seeks to showcase original writing and art by people who are residents of Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and its surrounding regions. We are interested in writing and art that explores the perspectives and experiences of people living in the region – work that looks beyond stereotypes and challenges the popular narrative of the ‘Canberra bubble’.

Submissions will be open from 1 July to 31 August. Submissions close midnight AEST, Saturday 31 August 2019.

Successful contributors will be contacted in September 2019.

Qualifying Entrants

Entry is open to residents of Canberra and surrounding regions. For the purposes of this competition, the Canberra region is defined as encapsulating the Australian Capital Territory and extending to the Yass Valley, Bungendore, Captain’s Flat, Queanbeyan, and Burra. Essentially, if you can or do commute to Canberra from your home, you are likely to be eligible.

The prize is open to creatives at any stage of their career. We particularly encourage emerging writers to submit, as well as people who’ve never even considered themselves to be writers.

Entry Conditions

There are three categories of submissions:
– Poetry
– Short story
– Visual or photographic essay, comic, illustration

There is no entry fee.

There is a limit of three submissions per category per person.

All writing must belong to the person submitting it for consideration and be previously unpublished (either in print or online).

All submissions must be within the word or length limits as follows:
– Poetry – no more than sixty lines
– Short story – no more than 2000 words
– Visual or photographic essay, comic, illustration – no more than 5 A4 pages

Any submissions that are considered by the editors to be of an offensive nature will not be accepted.

Electronic Submissions Guidelines

Submissions will be processed electronically via email.

Send all submissions to

All submissions should be titled as follows: ANTHOLOGY_[Category]_[Your surname] for example “ANTHOLOGY_[Short Story]_[Smith].

Writing should be submitted as email attachments in Word document form (.doc or .docx) and be formatted in Times New Roman Font, 12pt, 1.5 line spacing. If your work is formally experimental, please also provide a .pdf document in addition to a Word document.

Visual or photographic essay, comic, illustration submissions should be submitted in either .jpg, .png or .pdf format. Please limit your file sizes to under 25 MB per email (total attachments).

In the body of your email, please provide your name, your current address, and your contact email address.

Please send any questions for the editors before 15 August to ensure enough time to address your query.

Intellectual Property and Privacy

All copyright remains with the author or creator of the work(s) submitted.

By submitting, you grant permission for Cicerone Journal to publish your work(s) in print and online.

By submitting, you grant permission for Cicerone Journal to publish and sell copies of the completed anthology containing the successful submissions.

If you wish to remain anonymous or pseudonymous, please inform the editors in the body of your submission email.

The personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of compiling this anthology.