SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR GRAPESHOT ISSUE #8: FRONTIER
This is the FINAL issue of Grapeshot this year and your last chance to be published in the magazine in 2021.
Frontier: “the extreme limit of understanding or achievement in a particular area,” “a line or border separating two countries.”
This issue is about pushing limits, testing boundaries, and reevaluating borders. There are a lot of different kinds of frontiers. The frontiers of knowledge i.e. what we do and don’t know, the known and unknown universe, the frontiers that act as borders between countries, and of course space: the final frontier, à la William Shatner.
Interpret the theme literally, metaphorically, tangentially, however you like! Use it as a starting off point, or don’t, we are looking for excellent writing first and foremost so don’t sit on those article ideas any longer, get writing!
WHAT TO SUBMIT?
We accept any and all kinds of writing and art! This includes:
NEWS — can be campus news, interviews or reporting on local, national, and international news.
FEATURES — creative nonfiction, opinion pieces, memoir pieces, and photo-essays.
CREATIVES — short stories, poetry, illustrations, comic strips etc.
REGULARS — see the descriptions of our REGULARS section below.
REPEAT OFFENDERS — any kind of review: book reviews, podcast reviews, movie reviews, TV show reviews, song/album reviews etc.
WANT TO WRITE FOR OUR REGULARS SECTION?
Face your fears, try something new, undertake your own personal challenge and write about your experience along the way and the end result. YOU set yourself the CHALLENGE for this article. For a point of reference click HERE to see our past CHALLENGE articles.
POP CULTURE REWIND
Here you can dive head-first into a pop-culture moment of your choice. You can deconstruct, evaluate, and critique aspects of popular culture like common tropes, stereotypes etc. For a point of reference click HERE to see our past POP CULTURE REWIND articles.
I DON'T GET IT
The aim of this section is to explain an idea, concept, or something you experience or are a part of, to the reader. Examples from past issues are I Don’t Get It: Tall Poppy Syndrome, I Don’t Get It: Social Anxiety, and I Don’t Get It: Veganism. For a point of reference click HERE to see our past I DON’T GET IT articles.
YOU ARE HERE
This segment features a snapshot of the suburb you live in. For example, past issues have covered Chatswood, Cherrybrook, and Mount Druitt. As this section is all about having a sense of place, consider both personal experiences and historical information. For a point of reference click HERE to see our past YOU ARE HERE articles.
Working closely with Walanga Muru and Macquarie University’s Indigenous Student Association (ISA), we ran our inaugural First Nations edition of Grapeshot in 2020: Volume 12, Issue #5 MOB. This new REGULARS segment, ‘Mob,’ was created in January 2021 to ensure that First Nations’ voices continue to be heard and are present in every issue of Grapeshot Magazine. As such, only First Nations students can write articles for this section. The writers can choose any topic and any writing or art form such as short story, a journal article, or poetry. First Nations students aren’t confined to this section and can also choose to submit writing to any other section in the magazine. For a point of reference click HERE to see our past MOB articles.
WRITING ON THE WALL
For this segment we are looking for personal testimonials and confessional style pieces. If you are uncomfortable publicly sharing your personal story, you are welcome to publish under a pseudonym if you choose to do so. For a point of reference click HERE to see our past WRITING ON THE WALL articles.
Our word count is flexible but for a general guide:
1-page in our magazine = approximately 800 – 1000 words.
2-page spread = 1200 – 1800 words.
3-pages and above = over 2000 words.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by MONDAY OCTOBER 11TH.
*A reminder also that only current Macquarie University students can contribute so please submit your articles using your Macquarie University student email in order to be eligible for publication.