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Issue 7 Theme: The Eco Issue

with Guest Editor Michael Aitken


To a certain extent, writing about ecology has always been an aspect of human written traditions. How the world around us functions, and how we fit (or don't fit) with that function are central questions of science, philosophy, art, and religion. More recently the wider awareness of the threats posed to the world by human activity have added a greater sense of urgency and significance to those questions, and to our need for answers. 

In issue 7 we're asking for writing that engages with those enduring problems, as well as welcoming work that critiques or problematises the way that people typically conceive of ecologies and ecological writing. For example, the outline above places human beings very much at the centre of our own ecologies, both as inhabitants and as existential threats. Can we use writing - an intrinsically human activity - to meaningfully engage ecological notions without prioritising the human? And can such writing produce useful outcomes? 

Other considerations could include the etymological implications - 'eco', which derives from the Greek oikos, 'household', 'living place' or 'home', is not only present in ecology (literally 'discussion [or theorising] of (the functioning of a) home') but also in economy ('knowledge of how to manage a household'). The connections in Western traditions between ideas about the places where things live and the 'efficient'/appropriate management of such places are deeply engrained. Who (and what) do we include/exclude when talking about ecopoetics? Whose home? And managed by whom? What, for example, are the eco(nomic) implications of referring to people living outside as 'homeless'? Or to consider the non-human, what more are we saying when we describe a species as 'invasive' to an ecology/economy? When are these terms sympatico, and at what points do they diverge?

Before you prepare your submission, please make sure you have read the submission guidelines below.

The submission process has changed - please read

  • We use a blind submission process. Please DO NOT include your name or other identifying information within your files 

  • In your email, clearly list the following, in order (make it easy for us!)​

    • your name (first name, surname) and preferred pronouns,

    • your location (City/Town, Country),

    • a brief bio (max 250 words) including websites or social media links

    • what your submission includes (eg. "I am submitting 3 poems and one short story")

    • the titles of your submitted works

    • acknowledgement that you have read and agree to Authora values

  • Your submitted files will be separated from identifying information, and must not contain your name anywhere

  • Your submitted files should be labelled only with the title of your first work (eg. "Cloud".doc)

  • Your submitted files should be .doc or .docx format, and should be in a 12 point standard font such as Arial or Times New Roman.

  • Do not send your submission as a pdf.

  • Send all your work in separate files, following the guidelines below (max 3 poems, 1 short story)

Please note:

  • Authora Australis holds first electronic publication rights to the accepted works. In any subsequent publication of the work(s), please acknowledge Authora Australis.

  • We do not take simultaneous submissions. We only take original work.

  • Your work and bio should be edited and ready for publication at the time of submission.



We are interested in all forms of poetry. Please submit no more than three poems, with each poem being no more than 60 lines. There is no minimum number of lines: we like and support the submission of short poems. We are also happy to accept rhyming poetry. Clever, original, rhymes that do not sacrifice the meaning and feel of the poem for the sake of finding a rhyming word are wonderful things, and we would like to read them. Hackneyed pieces that substitute rhyme for meaning are not.  The cat better not have sat on the mat!


Fiction (Flash, Short stories)

Please submit one short-story or stand-alone book chapter of up to 3,000 words. We are interested in all genres, but we ask that if you write in a genre, you make it accessible to a general audience or an audience that does not normally read your chosen genre. 




Artworks which respond to the theme of the issue will be accepted by email. We accept jpeg representations of all kinds of original art, as well as photography. 

In addition to the submission instructions above, when submitting artwork please also  instructions to submit your artwork:

  1. Prepare a word document of accompanying material with the title “Artwork Details – Artwork title.doc”. This document should include: Artwork Titles, Dates, Materials, Sizes, and (de-identified) explanatory text or poetry. 

  2. Email a maximum of three pieces of your best artworks in jpeg format at 300dpi to

Editors will choose one or more pieces, should the work(s) be accepted for publication. 

Please note:

Visual or concrete poetry that is predominantly artwork will be treated as art, and should be submitted by email as a jpeg, as per the process above. Concrete poetry that is predominantly word based with minor formatting should be submitted as poems, following the same guidelines as for other forms of poetry.

Accepted art will be displayed with full author credits on our website in either a specialised art section - interspersed with poetry/prose as part of a general theme - or as cover art for the theme as a whole. We reserve the right to display accepted art in any of these capacities. 


After you've read these guidelines, and have prepared your file, please

complete this form and then

send the files to

Deadline for submissions to Issue 7 The Eco Issue is 28 February 2023 11.59pm AEDT.



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