An update on paying our contributors

We’re very, very stoked to let you all know that we raised around $3000 to pay our contributors this year — the first time VI has been able to do this, ever!

visible ink 26: ENCOUNTERS
A big thank you to everyone who came to our fundraiser, who donated to our Pozible campaign, and who bought a copy (or eight!) of ‘Encounters’ last Friday night — we couldn’t have managed this without you.

If you couldn’t make it to the launch, don’t sweat! You can buy ‘Encounters’ from our Buy Page! Technology!

visible ink #26: “Encounters”… Out now!

Front cover of Visible Ink Anthology number 26.

visible ink‘s 26th annual anthology, Encounters, is now on sale!

This year, we hitch a ride across Texas with a trucker named Billy Bob; share an apartment with a passive-aggressive ghost; wrestle with Vladimir Putin; and fight-off a giant millipede-gator creature in 1950s NYC. We deal with love and loss, and loss of love. We find our ourselves in Japan; we lose ourselves in LAX; and we try to make sense of our “encounters” – on a fishing trip, with autism, and by smoking lots of weed.

The book was typeset by the indomitable Rosetta Mills, who went above and beyond to make Encounters look as glorious as the writing and visual art inside (we’re not biased, promise).

This year’s anthology presents some of Australia’s most talented emerging writers, poets and visual artists.

Buy your copy of Encounters now.

Back cover of Visible Ink's 26th annual anthology: a list of the contributors.
(Creative Writing)
Sophie Overett, Stephanie Barham, Oliver Mol, Hannah Forest, Tim Byrne, William Stanforth, Rihana Ries, Will CoxTom McLean, Cassandra L, Mia Wotherspoon, Kate Robin-White, Savannah Monaghan, Nick Couldwell, Melanie Cheng,  Renée Malcolm, Allee Christina, Joshua Arandt Mary Stone, John Lowe, Atheer Al-Khalfa, Rachel Brien, Marilyn Humbert, Cathryn Perazzo, Aaron Hawke.

(Visual Art)
Paul Heppell, Jo Lane, James L Marshall, Sam Songailo, Paul C Cumming, Charles Bickford, Hannah Caprice, Mitchell Welch, Steph Woods.

Check out the reader lineup for the LAUNCH!

Photograph of the first and second Visible Ink anthologies.

Here’s how it all began… ‘Visible Inc’ #1 (left) and Visible Ink #2. Come to the launch and see Visible Ink #26.

Visible Ink has come a long way since its beginning as a black-and-white publication on A4 paper. This Friday, we’re launching the twenty-sixth annual anthology, Encounters… in colour, professionally typeset and printed, and publishing the work of paid contributors.

WhereBella Union, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, Vic, 3053
When — Friday 7 November 2014. Doors open 6.30pm for 6.45pm start
Entry— $5… or $15 for entry plus the anthology!
Sign up to the Facebook event!

Here are the talented contributors who’ll be reading on the night:

Oliver Mol is the managing editor of The Adventure Handbook. His debut book Lion Attack! will be out through Scribe Publications early 2015.

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner based in Melbourne. In 2010 she was runner-up in the VWC Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Competition. Her fiction has appeared in The Griffith Review, The Victorian Writer, Peril and The Medical Journal of Australia.

Cassandra L is a budding (screen) writer from Melbourne. Her interests include bioethics, history and monsters. She is an emerging writer and a current student of Screenwriting at RMIT, with three short stories published to date.

Nick Couldwell is a twenty-four-year old writer from Byron Bay. He studies Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and is currently writing a novel. Nick’s stories have been published in Writing To The Edge and placed third in the 2013 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards.

Will Cox writes fiction of the absurd and nonfiction of the mundane in places like The Lifted Brow, Broadsheet, The Big Issue, Verge and Catalyst. He’s also edited for Penguin Books and Visible Ink, and does a bit of everything at precocious publishing start-up Casuals Network Press.

Tom McLean is a comedian and writer based in Melbourne. He has a lot of out-there ideas that he doesn’t actually believe, but he likes to pretend he does.

Special guest MC: ROBBIE COLEMAN Former Editorial Director of The Thousands. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, The Age and Island. “There’s something a little off about this guy – he’s not your usual journo.” ~ Bret Easton Ellis

Visible Ink is ready to LAUNCH… Friday 7 November @7pm

An illiustration of an anthropomorphic hippo, rowing a little boy down a river.

The Crossing, by Paul Heppell… One of the fantastic images in Visible Ink 26: ‘Encounters’.

VISIBLE INK is launching its 26th annual anthology, Encounters, showcasing talented emerging writers and artists from across Australia.

WhereBella Union, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, Vic, 3053
When — Friday 7 November 2014. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start
Entry— $5… or $15 for entry plus the anthology!
Sign up to the Facebook event!

There’ll be readings by authors, guest DJs and drinks. And you can buy discounted copies of the anthology.

Here’s the list of our amazing contributors:

Sophie Overett, Stephanie Barham, Oliver Mol, Hannah Forest, Tim Byrne, William Stanforth, Rihana Ries, Will CoxTom McLean, Cassandra L, Nick Couldwell, Melanie Cheng,  Renée Malcolm, Allee Christina.

Joshua Arandt

Mia Wotherspoon, Kate Robin-White, Savannah Monaghan, Mary Stone, John Lowe, Atheer Al-Khalfa, Rachel Brien, Marilyn Humbert.

Flash Fiction
Cathryn Perazzo, Aaron Hawke.

Visual Artists
Paul Heppell, Jo Lane, James L Marshall, Sam Songailo, Paul C Cumming, Charles Bickford, Hannah Caprice, Mitchell Welch, Steph Woods.

See you at the launch!
Visible Ink 2014

Visible Ink is launching ‘Encounters’

VISIBLE INK 26 LAUNCH PARTY POSTER - Launch Party VIS INK 26-November 7th 2014-BLUE

The VI team of 2014 would like to announce our Launch Party is less than three weeks away! The launch of Visible Ink 26; ‘Encounters’ will be held on Friday, November 7 at 7:00pm at Bella Union.

Come along and share in the excitement and anticipation we feel of finally being able to present to you the anthology we’ve worked on for many hours throughout the year.  $15 gets you entry and the book.

Want to come along but not purchase a book? Sure! $5 gets you entry.









☁︎$15 gets you entry and a book ($5 gets you in but no book)

☁︎Starts 7pm at Bella Union on Friday 7th November

More information to come regarding the fantastic, hand-picked writers and artistic contributors of VI 26.

Supported by RMIT Link Arts & Culture.

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‘Going Down Swinging’ launches Pozible campaign to stay alive


After 35 years of publishing, Going Down Swinging needs your help!

Since 1980 GDS have published 1054 writers and artists across 33 print anthologies, 2 digital editions, 19 audio albums and the new GDS Online, and put on countless live shows featuring hundreds of performers.

GDS give in-depth professional development to both emerging writers and interns across Australia, and set up satellite programs such as live shows and online publishing. It’s all built around the Going Down Swinging print production.

‘We’ve always got by without much cash, but a stack of our 2012 issue was damaged in transit, which also hurt sales in 2013. At the same time government budget cuts arrived, and a year ago we lost our core funding. We’ve long aimed for financial independence, now we need to speed that up. We don’t need bail-outs, just support for what we already make’ the publication said on its Pozible page.

GDS created the Pozible campaign with the hope of raising a base target of $10,000 and have raised slightly above that in just under three days. With 30 days of the campaign to go, 119 contributors have shown just how much they can’t bear to see GDS fold.

GDS plan to use any funds raised for printing first and foremost. They plan to budget $8000, with designers costing $1000, a fraction of the usual cost. The rest of the Pozible funds raised will go towards a year’s office supplies, postage, managing submissions, freight, internet, hosting, marketing, insurance and such guff will top $4000.

GDS say their $10,000 target was a minimum to make sure Pozible gave up the funds. Their goal, however, is now $13,000 to cover the new issue and beyond, stabilising the literary journal’s future.

‘Paying for [the 2015] edition in advance means that every copy sold beyond the target is money in the clear. It also means we’ll keep the last of our reserves, so when it comes to the following issue we’ll be far better placed to produce it. This campaign gives us stability. It’ll also buy our staff time to keep working on other income streams, something we’re always doing, as raising funds is an ongoing issue. ‘

Every pledge gets a ‘digital extra’ – choose one GDS digital edition (GDS 31 or GDS 34), or one GDS One Night Wonders live album.

Learn more and donate to the ‘Going Down Swinging survival drive’ here

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Panel Discussion tonight! What is the point of Literary Journals?

whatisthepoint -LITERARY JOURNALS EVENT wed17thseptember2014

Come along to an engaging panel discussion tonight highlighting what a literary journal really is and what is involved. To be held at 6pm for a 6.30pm start at Horse Bazaar the event will shed light on four local literary journals from The Lifted Brow, Voicewoks, Kill Your Darlings and Overland Literary Journal. You like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, donate to their Pozible campaigns, and you may even read them, but now you can join the host of the night, knower-of-literary-things Tim Coronel as he thoroughly questions the Editors about lit journals.

The exciting panellists/tributes are:

—Sam Cooney, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lifted Brow

—Elizabeth Flux, Editor of Voiceworks

—Rebecca Starford, Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief over at Kill Your Darlings

—Jacinda Woodhead, Deputy editor at Overland Literary Journal

Entry is free, but bring along some cash to spend at the bar and buy a copy of a literary journal. And don’t forget a friend or two!

TIM CORONEL is a freelance editor, writer and publishing consultant and the coordinator of the annual Independent Publishing Conference for the Small Press Network. He is a past editor of Thorpe-Bowker’s Books+Publishing magazine and Weekly Book Newsletter, and has somehow eked out a living of one form or another in the world of books for a quarter of a century (which makes him feel old)

KILL YOUR DARLINGS is Australia’s most lively and entertaining cultural publication. KYD was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, and today it comprises a quarterly edition, a website and blog, regular events series, a writers workshop and an online shop.

OVERLAND is the most radical of Australia’s long-standing literary and cultural magazines, and celebrates its 60th year in 2014. Overland’s mission is to foster new, original and progressive work exploring the relationship between politics and culture, especially literature, and to bring that work to as many people as possible.

THE LIFTED BROW makes magazines from Australia and the world. They publish:

— A giant print version every two months

— A digital version every fortnight, which features new and different content from the print version

— And a whole lot of other new and interesting content on their website.

VOICEWORKS is a national quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. It is a unique opportunity for people under twenty-five to publish their poetry, short stories, articles, comics, illustrations, drawings and photos. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and individualised feedback is provided for all unsuccessful submissions.