​ISSUE 2: Red


The theme for Issue Two is ‘Red’. 


Red is the archetypal colour, the first colour humans mastered, fabricated, reproduced, and broke down into different shades, first in painting and later in dyeing. This has given it primacy over all other colours through the millennia.

-Michel Pastoureau


Rich in symbolism from sunrise to sunset, we’re sure the theme of “red” will provoke some stunning contributions to our second issue across poetry, short fiction, and visual art.


We encourage you to weave this theme into your work in whatever way you choose. Think redheads, bloodspatter, and revenge. Leftism and lipstick on a London bus. Picnic baskets for grandma. A crimson desert. The red planet. Fireworks and sunsets. A glass of wine at Christmas. And all the colours, objects, politics and ideas that red contrasts with. 


Whatever it is, make it rich, enjoyable, and as all-consuming as this most complex of primary  colours.



Submissions are due by midnight AEST, October 25, 2020.


Please make sure you read the guidelines carefully before submission, and read past issues. 






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