We are looking for short fiction and creative nonfiction that is brave. Bravery to us is

giving it a whirl
following your own voice.

We are looking for stories that dance with, against, and outside of the page. They can be long or very short — there is no formal word limit. Although we find up to five thousand words works best for us.

Send us your previously unpublished prose and lend us your characters! We promise to respect every word.

For examples of the work we publish on Lies to Live By & Being Sure, visit our Vault

We accept submissions during the months of March and September.

Submit your stories via Submittable.


Editors: Michelle McLaren & Laura McPhee-Browne

FullSizeRender (16)Michelle McLaren is an emerging literary critic. Her reviews have been published in The Big Issue and Newtown Review of Books and she’s the blogger behind Book to the Future — an ongoing project to read and review one book to represent every year of the twentieth century.

Michelle works as a freelance copywriter and lives in Melbourne, in a small townhouse slowly being taken over by books.


Laura McPhee-Browne is a reader, writer and social worker from Melbourne. She is currently working on her first collection of short fiction. You can find her at Laura McPhee-Browne.