We welcome submissions from all writers, whether you’re emerging or established. Our mission is to publish as many new writers as possible, so even if you don’t yet have a publishing track-record we’re eager to hear from you. Read on for more on how to submit, including what we do and don’t publish, and what you can do so we might just fall head-over-heels with your work.

Verity La publishes in the following streams:


How to get published in Verity La:

  • We accept submissions during the months of February, May and August
  • submit your best – previously unpublished – work, work that even you as the writer – or artist – is excited about
  • please only send us one story or three poems at a time – this is really, really, REALLY important
  • related to the second dot-point, please don’t send us bundles of poems in the hope that we’ll like one of them – make a decision about which you like the best, the ones you think we might completely and utterly fall in-love with
  • writing for the online environment means that you’re competing against an infinite amount of other stylish and interesting sites – aim to engage your readers within seconds.  How to do this?  Do it dramatically and succinctly
  • edit your work, and edit it again, and edit it one more time; make sure that you search and destroy every typo, including punctuation errors – a misplaced apostrophe is like grit in the eye
  • We don’t have word-limits. Hooray for us.
  • include a simple covering email, which should briefly state your writing background so we know where you are coming from; don’t forget to include an email address, and please let us know which stream your work falls into (see above)
  • it may take up to three months for us to read your work and consider it for publication
  • if we accept your work, it may take several more months for us to actually publish it – we apologise for this, but so much good work comes our way that we don’t want to let any of it slip between our fingers
  • please do not chase us up – this only distracts us from the main task, which is reading the work submitted
  • of course, subscribe to the journal, so you know what sort of work we’re into
  • one final thing: if your work does end up appearing in Verity La, please don’t engage with us about our graphic design/layout/illustration decisions – they’re a matter for us and we take our editorial independence seriously. You just bask in the glory of getting published
  • okay, here’s the real, actual, honest-to-god final thing: please follow these requirements – it make us much nicer people, which means we’ll be in a better frame of mind to read your work


Send us your wonderful wonderful work:

  • via Submittable (you’ll need to sign-in, but it’ll only take a sec) except
  • Out of LimboArrests of Attention, TWT and Black Wallaby (Ngana Banggarai). Submit your work to these streams via


Other ways you can be involved:

  • review for us
  • interview for us
  • volunteer to read submissions
  • spread the word through social media, or chat about us to a friend in real-life
  • light a specially crafted Verity La candle
  • offer up a prayer for all those Fairfax arts journalists who appear to be losing their jobs faster than Tony Abbott can say completely and utterly ridiculous things
  • turn everything off and enjoy the stillness


The Verity La review policy:

  • To liaise with our reviews editor, Robyn Cadwallader, re reviewing or sending books for review, please email:
  • we operate within the best-practice review principles as articulated by the Australian Book Review, which can be found here
  • all publishers great and small are welcome to send us books to review
  • please note, however, that sending us a book does not necessarily mean that we will run a review
  • small publishers, and self-publishers – do tell us a little about yourself, including your background and what you’re trying to achieve, so we know where you’re coming from
  • all our reviewers are volunteers, so be patient with us




We are an artist-run initiative (creative folks doing things for themselves) and a definitely-not-for-profit project. No editors gets paid in Verity La Land: those who keep the wheels turning pay the bills out of their own pockets and a number of generous supporters provide their services pro bono. However, as a result of financial support from our readers, Verity La are, for the first time, able to pay its writers in 2017. Each piece published (excluding previously published book extracts) will receive $50. Behind the scenes we continue to work on how to make the journal financially sustainable in the long term. If you like what you read on this site, believe it’s important, want to see it continue, and feel that you’d like to contribute financially, please email us on Verity La need just $5,000 to pay $50 for each piece of work we publish in a year. All – all – money received will go towards paying contributors, as a priority over financial recompense for those who keep the site running.


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