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!

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!

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


Recap of the Emerging Writers’ Festival


I haven’t always been keyed up about attending writers’ events. There was a time, before I called myself a writer, when I would tag along with my literary friends and stand in the corner feeling nervous or antisocial because all the great dudes around me were so talented and living their dreams and writing all the time and I was just making coffee for rent and complaining.

Since attending my first Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) last year, I have become a total convert. I have unashamedly become one of those people who will not shut up about how fun festivals are to go to, or how every writer I know should attend them/work at them/apply as an artist for them. They are super-important to writers of any calibre – even if you have never had anything published. And the EWF is particularly fantastic for writers early on in their career. There is no way you could attend and not make any new word-nerd friends.

The 11th annual EWF finished last Friday. Three of the visible ink team were lucky enough to volunteer at a few events and one of our alumni (2013’s Project Manager, Josh Allen) was a creative director. To see how hard the EWF team works to put on this festival was so inspiring. Not only did 2014 boast sixty-one events over eleven days but it also saw the festival’s highest attendance yet, with over forty thousand people checking it out.

Besides volunteering, we all went to as many events as we could, our favourites being Mix Tape Memoirs hosted by The Lifted Brow, One Night Wonders with Derrick Brown hosted by Going Down Swinging and The Canary Press fourth issue launch at the Kelvin Club (where we drank a lot of whiskey and felt classy). Special shout-outs to some particularly amazing speakers – Ender Baskan, Beth Blanchard, Robbie Coleman, Jennifer Down, Sam Cooney, Patrick Lenton, Oliver Mol, Laura Jean McKay and Robert Skinner.

One of the coolest things about this year’s EWF was the Words out West, which took the typically city-centred festival over to Footscray, one of Melbourne’s newest emerging arts hubs.

Even though we are sad to see EWF over for another year, the good news is that other parts of Australia now get to experience it as it hits the road on a national tour. If you like to write and you live in any one of the towns EWF will be visiting, we very strongly (and endearingly) encourage you to go and say hello to our new mates. They are all legends and they will be delighted to have a chat. EWF FOREVER!

For more info: emergingwritersfestival.org.au

– Written by Rachel Short


How I Write

An author wearing a helmet-like oxygen mask and writing.

Image from “Science and Invention” magazine, July 1925

Write three sentences on my laptop then check Facebook; check Twitter; scroll through emails; listen to podcasts; go to the shops to buy food to eat; eat; draw a picture; grab a drink with a friend; talk logistics about how to replace a current housemate; organise interviews for potential housemates; copy CDs onto my computer; search around tumblr for “writing inspiration”; do nerdy things to get more followers on Twitter; do nerdy things to get rid of all my unfollowers on Twitter; call my boyfriend; clean my room; do my laundry even though it isn’t Sunday (aka Weekly National Laundry Day); get lost in a YouTube spiral; write blog posts for my own personal blog; go for a walk because clearly I can’t write until I get my blood pumping; run into a friend while on the walk; call up our mutual friend to come join us who then suggests a road trip to Ballarat to visit another mutual friend; all move to Ballarat where I’m sure I can become a resident writer at whatever writing places there are in Ballarat; end up working in the Ballarat Maccas; wonder how my life ended up this way; move back to Melbourne; write three more sentences on my laptop.

Ah yes, procrastination.