Issue 5 Theme: The City  

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

  • 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 file will be separated from identifying information, and must not contain your name anywhere

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

  • Your submitted file 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 ONE file, 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 send them to

Deadline for submissions to Issue 5 is 1st September 2022 11.59pm AEST.