Ready… Set… SUBMIT!

A drawing of a brunette girl in pigtails typing furiously on a black MacBook.

Want to be a bonafide published author or artist? Submit to Visible Ink! [Laurie Pink/Flickr]

Visible Ink has re-opened for submissions of fiction, non-fiction and visual art. This is your last chance to submit for the 2014 anthology. Submissions will close at 23.59pm on Saturday 26 July 2014. This year’s theme is “Encounters”.

Please check the Submission Guidelines for more information.
$6 entry. And remember, all published contributors will be paid!

We Want Your Visual Art!

Visual art of a hand and arm growing out of a pot.

Do you do visual art? Visible Ink is publishing, so submit! [Disintegration, Rachel Tatti. Visible Ink 25]

Visible Ink wants your Visual Art submissions for the 2014 anthology!

This includes drawings, comics, photography, graphic design, paintings… and anything else you might find on the printed page.

The theme for this year’s anthology is “Encounters”. Entry is $6 and all published contributors will be paid! Submissions close on Saturday 26 July.

Please check the Image Submission Guidelines for more information.

Here’s some of the awesome visual art we’ve published in the past…

A drawing of a tree with branches leading to different organs and cells.

A Visitor’s Guide to the Making Meaning Machine, Heather Marsh (Visible Ink 25)

A woman dancing.

Morph 1, Aleksander Markovic (Visible Ink 25)

Water-colour illustration of a giraffe on a tram.

Giraffe Tram, Paul Heppel (Visible Ink 25)

An elaborate drawing of two planets.

Unfolding Adventures Part 1, by Alexandra Hotchin (Visible Ink 25)

Illustration. A vertical mirror-image of heads.

Gin and Milk, Jordan Grant (Visible Ink 24)

A drawing of a woman's head, which has a bird for hair.

Flight of Fancy, Sarah Allen (Visible Ink 25)

A drawing of a man and woman next to each other.

Untitled, Alena Lodkina (Visible Ink 25)

Submissions will RE-OPEN for THREE DAYS only!

A line-art drawing of a man writing with a quill and pen.

Wanna get published… in PRINT?  [Image: Pearson Scott Foresman/Wikimedia Commons]

Thursday 24th July — Saturday 26th July 2014

We’ve decided to give everybody one last opportunity to submit. As before, the theme is ‘Encounters’ and we’re accepting fiction, non-fiction and visual art. Entry $6. Please check the Submission Guidelines for more information.

We encourage everyone to submit and potentially have their work published. And remember, all published contributors will be paid!

Come To Our Night of Readings: Friday 11 July @6.30pm

A drawing of Charles DIckens at a public reading in 1867.

Charles DIckens at a public reading. [Image: Charles A. Barry, Wikimedia Commons]

We invite you to the Visible Ink Fundraiser 2014. It will be a glorious night of readings, comedy and poetry performances – a great opportunity to see some of Melbourne’s literary talent.

Money raised at the fundraiser will go towards paying the contributors who’ll be published in the 2014 anthology. The more we raise, the more they’ll be paid. So please come along and support emerging writers.

Friday 11 July 2014 @ 6.30pm

Kerr Street Studios
Level 1, 23 Kerr Street
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
*Access only via stairs*

$5 entry (includes a raffle ticket)
Cheap prices for beer and wine!

112 tram, stop 17, down Brunswick Street
96 tram, stop 16, down Nicholson Street
Check for further details


There will be readings from:

Journalist, columnist, essayist, critic and award-winning short story writer. Recently published her memoir Shy: A Memoir to critical acclaim.

One of Australia’s best-known experimental writers and performers. Recently published her newest book Palace of Culture.

Performer of poetry, prose and non-fiction. Author of the bestselling poetry book Love and Fuck Poems.

Spoken word artist, slam poet, MC and hip-hop artist.

Multi-award winning comedian, published writer, radio broadcaster, illustrator and animator.

Highly acclaimed, mind-blowing amazing electro-comedian.

See you there!
Visible Ink

Meet the Performers for the upcoming Visible Ink Fundraiser!


VISIBLE INK presents a night of comedy, readings, raffles, art and money-making – all in the name of PAYING OUR CONTRIBUTORS! 

It is with great pleasure and excitement we announce and introduce the Performers for the upcoming Visible Ink Reading Night and Fundraiser, to be held on Friday 11 July at Kerr St Studios. It is an absolute honour to feature the following Readers at our much anticipated fundraiser.

Ara Sarafian 

Ara Sarafian is one of the editors at Visible Ink, and a freelance writer from Melbourne. He’s been published in The Lifted Brow, The Conversation and a number of other publications. He also once won a short, short story competition with a 48-word submission that he wrote while sitting on the toilet. His blog, The Life Less Travelled, chronicles his travels to over fifty countries.

Ara is currently studying Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. He’s of Armenian descent and therefore very hairy.

Jacky T 

JackyT is a performance poet/MC/producer based in Melbourne. Originally from country Vic, he wears city life like an itchy woollen sweater and spends equal amounts of time on production, live improv shows and fighting a rehabilitating Malibu and Berroca morning habit, which often stretches deep into the evening.

He is a published poet and award winning slam artist, after releasing a free instrumental ep “Old Stylus ep” and chapbook “Things I see around Brunswick” last year. Jacky T is currently working on a debut concept album “A Night Out In”.

Kate Dehnert 

Highly acclaimed, mind-blowing amazing electro-comedian. Kate has performed her four-and-a-half-star show, Noise Adventure in the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Herald Sun said that Kate Dehnert is “bizarre, brave, daring, probably dangerous, but most of all smart and very funny…a psychedelicomic superstar.”

She’s been described as “true work of unique brilliance.” and the “daughter of The Mighty Boosh”. Get on board for her electro-magic.

Ania Walwicz 

Ania Walwicz is a poet renowned for her impressionistic style. Her work has been performed by La Mama Theatre, the Sydney Chamber Choir and set to music by ChamberMade and she has performed in France, Japan and Switzerland. Ania’s latest collection of poems, The Palace of Culture is out now through Puncher & Wattman.

Simon Keck

Multi award-winning comedian, published writer, radio broadcaster, illustrator and animator. Simon Keck has written for Vice magazine, Crickey and more. His shelves of awards for performing comedy is overflowing with the Golden Gibbo award (most original, independent comedy) from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Outstanding Comedy award from the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and is a Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award Winner.

Keck’s most recent show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival was ‘Let’s Write A Book’ in which he co-wrote a book with audiences from every show. “A BRILLIANT wordsmith.” – Squirrel Comedy

Koraly Dimitriadis 

Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian poet, writer and performer. Her poetry book, Love and Fuck Poems, started as a zine and is now an Australian bestseller for poetry. She created four films of her poems and a book trailer, which will be launched on 14 August at Loop Bar (Details).

In 2013 Koraly received an ArtStart grant that allowed her to travel to Cyprus to perform, and to work with a translator.  The Greek edition of Love and Fuck Poems will soon be launched by a Cypriot publisher.

Koraly is currently working on her second book, Good Greek Girl – a novel told through short story, prose and poetry. A theatre show based on the book was performed during the 2013 La Mama Explorations and is due to return in 2015.

She is also working on a novel, Misplaced, with the guidance of Christos Tsiolkas.

Sian Prior

Sian Prior has just released her first book, Shy – A Memoir, a brilliantly written, honest and intelligent examination into shyness and how it affects her. She’s been in publications such as The Age, The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin and Visible Ink. She teaches professional writing and editing at RMIT, works as a broadcaster, professional singer and clarinettist, and is now working on her PhD at RMIT in creative writing.

This year Prior will be a guest at the Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Melbourne Writers Festivals.

Click here for the official Visible Ink fundraiser Facebook event!

Come along and help the 2014 Visible Ink team to raise as much as possible and support your fellow writers and artists.

Paying our contributors!


One of the team’s main goals for VI in 2014 is to pay our contributors.

If you have followed VI over the years, you know it’s a volunteer driven, student run, non-profit publication. This means we are relying on submission fees and our up coming fundraiser to pay our writers, poets and artists – even if it is a token amount.

This year’s team are committed to doing what we can to reward emerging writers and artists and contributing to an industry that recognises the importance of paying those who take part in it.

Help the Visible Ink team to raise as much as we can by attending our fundraiser on July 11th at Kerr street studios and support your fellow writers and artists. 

Click here to see the official Visible Ink fundraiser facebook event! 

Visible Ink Fundraiser!


VISIBLE INK presents a night of comedy, readings, raffles, art and money-making – all in the name of PAYING OUR CONTRIBUTORS!

– $5 entry (includes a raffle ticket)
– Of course there will be wine and beer for cheap (Thanks to Ponyfish Unlikely Lager)
– Previous editions of VISIBLE INK will be for sale for $5
– All money raised goes towards paying our contributors and printing our 26th Visible Ink: ENCOUNTERS

It’s a Friday night baby, and we’re alive!

KERR STREET STUDIOS have let us take over their space AND you’ll be able to stickybeak through their open studio on the night too.

We will have a raffle on the night with prizes like:
– A gift pack from AESOP
– Coffee from INDUSTRY BEANS
– A double cinema pass from NOVA
– PLUS some lucky legend will also get the GRAND PRIZE of the night: Kinda Shitty Books Chosen By Ara

Remember to pick up some cash on your way and HELP US PAY THE WRITERS! Any extra donations welcome!

SIAN PRIOR – Journalist, columnist, essayist, critic and award-winning short story writer. Recently published her memoir ‘Shy – A Memoir’ to critical acclaim
ANIA WALWICZ – Internationally performing poet, writer, visual artist, recently published her newest book ‘Palace of Culture’
KORALY DIMITRIADIS – Published writer and performer of poetry, prose and non-fiction. Author of the bestselling poetry book ‘Love and Fuck Poems’
JACKY T – Spoken word artist, slam poet, MC, hip-hop artist
SIMON KECK – Multi award-winning comedian, published writer, radio broadcaster, illustrator and animator
KATE DEHNERT – Highly acclaimed, mind-blowing amazing electro-comedian

There are two trams that swing by Kerr Street – the 112 down Brunswick Street OR the 96 down Nicholson.

and MELBOURNE CITY BREWING CO. (aka the guys that brought you PONYFISH ISLAND)

Click here to see the official Visible Ink fundraiser facebook event!

7 Reasons to Submit Your Writing

A man with a paper head sits at a typewriter.

Is your head full of story ideas? Write them down and submit them. [Photo: Drew Coffman/Flickr]

I never used to submit my writing anywhere. I used to keep it all in a drawer, hidden from the world like a timid George McFly before the space-time continuum fell into place. When I finally did build the confidence to submit, I was very selective about the publications or competitions I chose. Over time I realised there’s value in submitting, no matter where. Here are some of the benefits:

1. Become a kick-ass writer
Writing’s an art that takes constant practice. The more you write, the more you get a sense of what works. Your mind processes the conventions and mechanics of writing; it sharpens to the craft.
With its neuroplasticity, your brain has the potential to tune itself to meet your needs. So writing frequently can physically make you a better writer. Submit ten times this year and see for yourself.
I always interrogate my prose more closely when I intend to submit it somewhere – I’m more driven to make it the best it can be, and afterwards I can almost feel my brain neuroplasticising.

2. Build your confidence
Getting published anywhere adds to your confidence. Don’t be overly selective about where you submit to – do that and you may never get published. Well-known publications and competitions get hoards of submissions, so even a cracking story might get lost in the pile.
It may be easier to get noticed by smaller publications. This’ll help you figure out what’s working in your writing. So don’t be afraid to start small. Confidence building often starts at the bottom.

Illustration of a man sitting in Writer's Block Bar and asking a woman, "What's your story?"

[Courtesy of Graela/Flickr]

3. Work with a pro
Once your submission’s accepted by a publication, you’ll probably get a chance to work with an editor. An editor helps you make your piece the best it can be – for both you and the publication.
Writers are often very close to what they write. Working with an editor gives you an opportunity to see how your writing’s coming across. It gives you an outside perspective. This, and the editor’s suggestions and queries, can only help you improve as a writer.

4. Crack the whip (on yourself)
Submission deadlines are motivation to write. Feed off them. If the publication has a theme, use it to inspire you and prompt you in new directions.
Also, many writers suffer from self-doubt. Submitting and succeeding might be the validation and motivation you need to release this self-critic.

5. The opportunity to get rejected. Yay!
Unfortunately, even the best writers need to get used to rejection. But rejection gets you thinking about why your story wasn’t accepted; what didn’t work. It might be soul crushing – and it might make you a little bitter – but it teaches you to revise and redraft. Writer James Lee Burke said, “Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”

Author William Saroyan pointing with a pencil.

According to rumour, William Saroyan was rejected 7,000 times before he sold his first short story, but he went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. That’s persistence! [Photo: Al Aumuller, Wikimedia Commons]

6. Pimp your profile
Any published work adds to your credentials when applying for grants, residencies and scholarships. If you’re trying to break into journalism, editors may be more likely to accept your pitch if they can see a sample of your published work. Being published shows you’re not an unknown quantity. It also makes a difference when submitting a manuscript to publishers or agents. Oh, and the next time someone asks you if you’ve been published, you can say “Hell yeah!”

7. Get your words out there
I often wonder how many masterpieces remain undiscovered because the authors haven’t submitted them anywhere. Don’t keep your writing locked away. It can’t be published if you don’t get it out there. Many of the world’s most successful writers have been persistent in getting their work published.
It’s great knowing something you’ve written is being read by others. Your ideas might even change someone’s behaviour, maybe their life – such is the power of ideas. Submit wherever you can; share your ideas with the world.

This year Visible Ink has nine team members, and we will each read every submission. Do you have anything lying in your drawer? Pull it out. Polish it. We’re excited to read it. Your deadline is 6 July. Good luck!

– Written by Ara Sarafian


Writing Prompts



This week use the image or these two prompts from VI 2009 Lost and Found anthology as inspiration for your existing work or to start a new piece:

“Perhaps even another orbit of the sun” 
Orbits of the Sun, Trish Bolton


“More sacred as the final countdown nears; climbing toward the light that no-one knows”
Sonnet 26, Tom Conyers

Both prompts this week are from VI 2009 – Lost and Found
Image: ‘Sun Range’ by Torley Linden