We’re back!

Visible Ink has dropped back onto the scene with the beginning of its 27th year. We’re a brand new team for 2015 and we forecast one of the most exciting anthologies yet, even if we do say so ourselves.

We’re a group of Professional Writing and Editing students from RMIT based in Melbourne and, as always with Visible Ink, our goal is to showcase the work of emerging writers and visual artists alike through a publication at the end of the year.

First and foremost, our purpose is to support the creative community and, following in last years footsteps, we will be paying our contributors. We strongly believe in rewarding budding artists throughout Australia for their achievements and hope that this will carry on with future years.

We’re looking for an array of writing and visual art so if you’re an emerging writer, artist or photographer, Visible Ink is a platform for you to show the world what you can do.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be updating the site and introducing some exciting new things as we get the ball rolling. Submissions will open next month so keep an eye out for the theme announcement and get ready to start writing up a storm!

Excerpts from ‘Encounters’

Front cover of Visible Ink Anthology number 26.

The VI team of 2014 recently held their official launch night at Bella Union on 7 November 2014. Some of the exciting and engrossing emerging writers chosen to feature in this year’s anthology read their pieces from VI #26 ‘Encounters’, those of whom included Nick Couldwell and Cassandra L. The night was a real success and the team are sincerely grateful to all who attended and bought a copy of this year’s book!

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.

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.

~ Here an some excerpts from Nick and Cassandra’s memorable pieces. ~ 

Blood, Scales and All ~ by Nick Couldwell 

‘Up ahead, on the side of the road, I notice more fur and twisted legs. In an instant the animal is gone but the bitter stink and the knobbiness of its knees stay with me. I know it’s no different to a human body: the impact and the softness of bones and teeth and skin. I try not to think of my sister or her knees. Suddenly I hate the world. Dad asks me something but I don’t hear him. I slump lower in my seat and hate the scratchiness of that too.

Lights flash and someone waves at us to slow down. Dad hits the brake and the car stinks of burnt rubber. I stare out at the group of people hanging on bikes and leaning on cars. I feel the broken glass crunching through me and I wonder if it’s what a breaking bone would sound like. I can see the motorbike now, just the guts of it, of heap of twisted metal and pipes. I don’t see a body, only road and commotion. Then Dad winds down his window and screams ‘road kill’ at the top of his lungs and I see the girl with all the hair and blood pushed up against the guardrail like she’s holding on for dear life. I know who it is. I know now. I shout at him to stop and suddenly I’m awake and he’s leaning against the bonnet rolling a smoke.

‘We’re here. You slept the whole bloody way.’

The Sworn Statement by Mrs Maureen McCurtie ~ by Cassandra L. 

‘Maybe it understood, or maybe it was just disturbed by my being there, but it uncoiled from the girl and lunged at me as quick as a cobra. I screamed and I ran, but I couldn’t get away fast enough. It got me there, right there on my arm, see? Latched on and waved its head to and fro with my arm right inside its maw. I was sure I was done for.

And all I could think about was Harry waking up in his bed, not able to move or dress or feed himself. Him dying a grown man in his bed helpless and without his mother. So I grabbed the lid from a nearby trashcan and I hit that thing on its gator head as hard as I could. Then I hit it again and again until it let go and scuttled off down the manhole. That was the last I saw of it.

I don’t remember much else after that. I passed out.’


Excerpts taken from the current edition of Visible Ink ‘VI #26, 2014 ‘Encounters’

If you couldn’t make it to the launch, don’t stress! You can buy ‘Encounters’ from our Buy Page and select bookstores in the near future! 


Excerpts from VI #26 ‘Encounters’


The VI team of 2014 recently held their official launch night at Bella Union. Some of the fantastic, engaging writers chosen to feature in this year’s anthology read their pieces from VI #26 ‘Encounters’, those of whom included Oliver Mol and Will Cox. The night was a real success and the team are extremely grateful to all who attended and purchased a book!

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

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.

~ Here an some excerpts from Oliver and Will’s memorable pieces. ~  

Heh, Heh! by Oliver Mol 

I followed lots of signs with arrows that kept promising Gate 81. I thought: Gate 81. That’s me. I didn’t have to walk much though, because of all the travelators. I liked walking on the travelators because I felt improved. But I had to stop behind a heavy couple because they were blocking the path. This guy kept dabbing his face with his shirt and saying, ‘God, it’s hot.’ Kept saying, ‘It’s hot, right?’ The lady said yeah, no, I don’t know.’ He was holding a Coke and he looked at the Coke and said, ‘Look, even the Coke’s sweating.’ The lady snatched the Coke and said, ‘The Coke’s cold, dumbass.’ When we got off the travelator I tried to go around them but I tripped on my shoelace and fell a little. I knelt down and tied my shoelace. When I looked up the heavy couple were already on the next travelator. I decided not to take the travelator, because the travelator seemed stupid and so did the people on it.

At my gate there was a sign that said my flight had been delayed. I sat for a while on this bench listening to airport noises. Watching planes take off and land. Next to me these two girls were sort of yelling at each other about who had the better headphones. One of the girl’s kept saying, ‘Naa girl, naa.’ The ‘Naa girl, naa’ bit kept reminding me of this one song that maybe goes ‘Na na na naaa, Na na na naaa, Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbyeeeeee’ so I hummed that tune to myself for a while. Hummed it pretty good. Yeah. Pretty loud. Sort of wanted to hum it to everyone.
Heh, heh.

And if you want you can try it right now.

It’s pretty hard to think about anything else when you’re doing it.

Quicksand by Will Cox

I thought instead about telling him the thing about how I’d been staring out the window in a tutorial and seen a bird collide with an empty plastic bag and tumble from the sky, and how that’s what it was like watching him live his life every day, but I didn’t because it sounded absurd even before it left my mouth.

That was when the screech of the tyres jolted me out of my internal monologue. We were coming round one of the sharper of the hairpin corners when the Camry’s tyres lost traction and the car slid straight across the ice. I pressed my feet hard against the floor of the car and gripped the dashboard tight with both hands, like I was trying to hold it all in place. It was over in a second. The Camry shuddered to a halt with a short, grinding crunch.

‘Shit shit fuck!’ Tom shouted as he punched the steering wheel, the horn comically censoring his language.

For the longest time we just sat there, me with my hands over my eyes. After a moment I craned my neck and saw that we’d slid into a tree just off the road. Beyond the tree was a steep incline. The back driver’s side window was cracked, and there was a thin line of water trickling in. I pulled my hood up, unclicked my seatbelt and sat there, planning the moments ahead, before opening the door. 

Excerpts taken from the current edition of Visible Ink ‘VI #26, 2014 ‘Encounters’

If you couldn’t make it to the launch, don’t stress! You can buy ‘Encounters’ from our Buy Page and select bookstores in the near future! 

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!

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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 is launching ‘Encounters’

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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.

Facebook event:

‘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 http://www.pozible.com/project/185831

Pozible logo:  http://www.goldcoastlitscene.com/self-hosted-crowdfunding/

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

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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.