Griffith Review Reportage Project

Griffith Review is now accepting submissions for the Griffith Review Reportage Project.

Griffith Review is excited to announce our new initiative: the Reportage Project. Supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the project will provide an exceptional opportunity for three writers of excellence to complete a 7,500-word (approximate) piece for publication in a 2020 or 2021 edition of Griffith Review.

We are calling for submissions of project outlines for sustained, original investigations from established writers who seek an opportunity to fully explore a complex story that demands to be told. Work should be provocative, poetic, political and powerful, and must fit with one of Griffith Review’s forthcoming themes or the enduring themes of gender, sustainability (in all its forms), policy, environment and culture. The journal also has an ongoing commitment to supporting writing on Indigenous matters of policy, culture and identity. Completed work must meet Griffith Review‘s agreed objectives to be a national thought leader and publisher of quality new writing.

This project is designed to support writers through the time required to produce exceptional reportage. Writers will receive a $7,500 fee as well as a modest budget for travel and/or research. It is anticipated that successful writers will take a significant role in the promotion of both their individual work and the edition upon publication.

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must have an established publication record and submit a comprehensive project outline as well as examples of published work.

Submissions open: 15 August 2019
Submissions close: 5 pm AEST, 30 September 2019
Winners notified: November 2019
Submit online via Submittable.


Terms and Conditions

Three writers will be selected through a competitive process to develop their proposed project into a 7,500 word (approximate) written article for publication in a 2020-2021 edition of Griffith Review. Each successful applicant will be awarded $7,500, as well as a modest travel and research budget.

Only writers with a strong publication record are invited to apply. Entrants are encouraged to consider their proposals in light of Griffith Review’s 2020 themes, as well as subjects that encompass gender, sustainability (in all its forms), public policy, the environment and culture in its widest sense. (More details on our forthcoming editions for 2020 are available here.)

Submissions must include a comprehensive project outline (up to 1,000 words) that includes a detailed overview of the topic, the subject to be investigated, a timeframe for research and completion, and a proposed budget.

In addition to providing a detailed project outline, applicants are required to provide a brief biography, examples of published writing, and a full publication list.

It is strongly recommended that entrants familiarise themselves with work previously published in Griffith Review prior to submitting an entry.

Recipients of the Reportage Project funding will be required to participate in post-publication promotional and publicity activities, including attendance at events and media interviews to promote both the individual work of the writer and the edition as a whole. This will be negotiated with the individual author during the publication process. The successful works will be published in an edition in 2020 or 2021, depending on the theme, the timeline of the project, and readiness for publication. This will be determined by the Editor.


Summary of Terms and Conditions

  • Submissions close 30 September 2019. Early submissions are encouraged. No late submissions can be accepted.
  • Submissions must be submitted electronically via the Submittable link. Submissions will not be acceptable by email.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Authors should reside in Australia.
  • Proposed projects should result in new works of reportage. However, applications are sought from authors with significant publication record in any genre.
  • Suitability for publication in Griffith Review will be a criterion for selection. A full archive is available at and details about the 2020 themes can be read here. Future editions may include or address the themes of gender, sustainability (in all its forms), First Nations, policy, environment, and culture.
  • All submissions must include a comprehensive project outline (no more than 1,000 words) that includes a timeline and budget, a brief biography (no more than one page), examples of published writing and a full publication record. No incomplete applications will be accepted.
  • It is expected that the completed works will be approximately 7,500 words in length, or as negotiated with the Editor.
  • It is anticipated that three awards will be offered – however, Griffith Review reserves the right to vary that number.
  • Griffith Review will determine the travel and research allowance provided to the successful recipients, based on the project outline and discussions with the author.
  • Submissions will be evaluated and selected by Griffith Review staff, who may consult other personnel in the decision-making process. Decisions will be final and there will be no correspondence with unsuccessful candidates about the merits of unsuccessful proposals.
  • Successful applications will be notified by November 2019.
  • Completed works must be submitted via a strict schedule as negotiated with the Editor at the time of offering the funding.
  • Completed works will undergo a professional editorial process prior to publication.
  • On signing an agreement with Griffith Review, and following a due contractual process, successful applicants will be paid one-third of the agreed fee upon notification that they’ve been successful. The second third will be paid once the work has been accepted for publication. The final third will be payable after the editorial process and on publication of the edition.
  • Successful authors will need to provide Griffith Review with an invoice for each amount, as per a provided schedule included in the contract.
  • The money awarded to recipients of this project represents payment for publication. There will not be another fee for publication.


Terms and Conditions of Entry

This program is being conducted by Griffith University (as represented by Griffith Review), a body corporate established pursuant to the Griffith University Act 1988 (ABN 78 106 094 461). This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program.

  1. 1. Who may enter?
  • All persons, other than immediate family members of Griffith Review staff or employees of Text Publishing, may enter the competition.
  • Applicants may only submit one project outline for consideration, so please submit your best work.
  • Griffith Review reserves the right to invite submissions.
  1. 2. Conditions of entry
  • By entering the competition, participants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  • The proposal must be your original work. If you are not the sole author of a proposed work, you must secure the necessary permission from the appropriate third parties to legally entitle you to comply with these Terms and Conditions of Entry.
  • Previously published work will be excluded from consideration. Griffith Review, acting in its sole discretion, may grant an exception to this requirement in exceptional circumstances. Works written as part of a higher degree program in creative writing are eligible for entry if such consideration is within the rules of the academic institution. Students enrolled at, or graduates of, Griffith University are eligible to enter.
  • Successful applicants agree to grant exclusive licence to publish the work to Griffith Review, in accordance with Griffith Review’s standard publishing contract. The exclusive period will commence from acceptance of the funding, to three months after the publication date (the licensed period).
  • Work in progress under contract to another publisher will not be considered.
  1. 3. How to enter the competition
  • All submissions must be entered via the Submittable portal.
  • Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Submissions should include a full project outline (no more than 1,000 words), including a budget and timeline, a one-page biography, examples of previously published writing, and a full publication history (including links to previously published works if appropriate).
  • Successful applicants will be notified by November 2019.
  • Submissions must adhere to the following formatting:
    1. Use 12pt Times New Roman font, 1.5 space.
    2. Margins should be no less than 2.5cm at top and bottom and 3.25cm at left and right.
    3. Please paginate your proposal at the bottom of the page.
    4. Each page of the proposal should include a header with the name of both the author and the work.
  1. 4. Selection of winners
  • Griffith Review will decide the successful applications. Selection will be based upon originality and importance of the proposed work, the quality of the application, and the capacity of the author to deliver a work of high-quality for publication in Griffith Review. It is anticipated that three authors will be funded; however, the judges reserve the right to vary the number of authors selected based on the quality of submissions.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants. All applicants will be notified by November 2019. The Editor reserves the right to initiate discussion with unsuccessful applicants regarding possible future publication opportunities on a case-by-case basis.
  • For the avoidance of any doubt, chance/luck plays no part in determining the winners.
  1. 5. Notification of winners
  • All successful authors will be contacted privately prior to the public announcement of the winners. Authors will agree to co-operate in a timely fashion with the editorial processes following submission of the completed work and reasonable publicity requests of Griffith Review.
  1. 6. Payment of funds
  • Successful recipients will be paid one-third of the total amount upon being notified they’ve been successful (following due contractual processes); the second-third of the total amount on submission of a full draft, and the final third once the work has completed editorial processes and is approved for publication.
  1. 7. Intellectual property rights in submissions
  • All intellectual property rights in submissions are retained by the author.
  • Commencing from the time when a successful author is notified that their completed work has been accepted for publication (this will take place independently of the author being notified of a successful outcome in this program), the author grants to Griffith Review:
    1. an exclusive and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work developed, or an extract from said work (including online), for a period of three months (the Exclusivity Period) after publication in Griffith Review;
    2. commencing after the Exclusivity Period a perpetual and unrestricted licence to publish and distribute the work, or extract from said work (including online);
    3. a perpetual licence to reproduce the work, or extract from said work, on the Griffith Review website;
    4. a perpetual right to publicise this program initiative and the successfully funded author’s name/s.
  • During the Exclusivity Period, following publication in Griffith Review, the author must not publish, or cause the work to be published, other than as contemplated above. After the Exclusivity Period, the author is entitled to publish the work, or extract from said work, in or on other forums, provided that the author enters into legally binding arrangements that require the subsequent publisher to acknowledge that Griffith Review is the original publisher of the work.
  1. Limitation of Liability
  • To the extent permitted by law, Griffith University is not liable for any loss suffered to a person by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by Griffith University (or its employees or agents) in connection with this competition. For the avoidance of any doubt, submitting an entry into this project does not entitle the author of a proposal to any fee nor payment from Griffith University.


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