Established in 2010 Verity La is an on-line, no-way-for-profit, creative arts journal, publishing short fiction and poetry, cultural comment, photomedia, reviews, and interviews. As it says on the mast-head, bravery is essential in the Verity La neck of the woods, which means creative risk-taking, freedom, and – above all else – being no one but yourself. We are interested in new voices, different voices, minority voices, progressive voices; we like writing that gets you in the head as well as the gut, that has a point, that isn’t afraid. Whether it’s fiction, poetry, comment or review, we want high-quality text, and by ‘high-quality’ we mean thoughtfully composed, a focus on words, words with impact. We exist beyond the borders of traditional literary journals – we’re interested in danger, the barely legal.
Verity La is a volunteer-run journal: no editor gets paid in Verity La land. However, due to financial support from Australia Council for the Arts – woohoo! – we can pay all writers and artists published in the journal in 2018 $100 for their work. Our nineteen editors will continue in a voluntary capacity, but we’re working on changing that too. If you’d like to help us out, get in touch!
In the Verity La universe, publication days are Tuesdays and Fridays. But sometimes we mix it up a little. In 2018 we’ll be reading submissions during February and August. Send ’em in!
Why ‘Verity La’?
It’s an abbreviation of ‘Verity Lane’, a very dodgy back-alley in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, where the journal was born. (These days we operate from a network of laptops all over the country – don’t tell ASIO.) More importantly, however, the name now given to the lane also commemorates the birth there, in 1938, of Verity Hewitt’s, Canberra’s first serious bookshop. In that pre-electronic age, this bookshop and its owner encouraged the distribution and intelligent discussion of literature in the otherwise bleak cultural environment of 1930s Canberra, perhaps comparable in some ways to the use today of online journals. From a wider perspective, Verity was a remarkable example of a mid-twentieth-century woman, independent, brave, and with a deep and creative interest in literature and people. In fact, she was such a special lady, a book has been written about Verity and some of her letters have also been published! Verity’s family has informed us that she would have been sympathetic with our aims and pleased with our work. Hope Verity Fitzhardinge (1908-1986): we honour you; you are our patron saint.
The Current Verity La Lineup
- Alice Allan: Producer of Verity La’s Poetry Podcast
- Robyn Cadwallader: Reviews Editor
- Robbie Coburn and Michele Seminara: Heightened Talk Editors
- Calli Doyle-Scott: Out of Limbo Project Editor
- Phillip Hall, Barbara Nicholson & Brenda Saunders: Project Editors/Mentors for Black Wallaby
- Tim Heffernan & Alise Blayney: Clozapine Clinic- The Frater Project Co-editors
- Kathryn Hummel: Travel Write Translation & Rogue State Editor
- Ramon Loyola and Michele Seminara: Discoursing Diaspora Project Co-editors
- Peta Morris: Visual Arts Editor
- Michelle McLaren & Laura McPhee-Browne: Co-fiction/Nonfiction Editors
- Michele Seminara: Managing Editor
- Gaele Sobott and Amanda Tink: /dɪsˈrʌpt/ Co-editors
- David Stavanger: Slot Machine Editor
- Angelina Tsinganos: Intern
Do Stay in Touch
Subscribe to us via our Home page. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Dance a jig. You know you want to. If there’s something you want to tell us, something you want to share, or you just feel like saying ‘Hi there, how are you?’ then drop us a line via email@example.com.
Official Library Info
The National Library of Australia archives Verity La in the National Bibliographic Database as part of the PANDORA Archive, which ensures that all the material published here is safeguarded against changes in hardware and software, and that all the contributions made to this journal are protected in perpetuity. ISSN 2200-6969.
A small selection of work is also archived at Deakin Research Online, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
The journal is comprehensively listed on the AustLit database.
What They’re Sayin’
‘Increasingly influential’ — The Sydney Morning Herald
‘Verity La puts the umlaut in über-cool…Verily.‘ — PS Cottier
‘Is Verity La part of the critical literary ‘mainstream’? Probably not, but it continues to push boundaries and ask questions.’ — The Rochford Street Review
‘An online Australian literary journal that has evolved from interesting to absolutely indispensable in the space of about six months. In terms of quality, depth, intelligence, and respectful aesthetic engagement, the Verity La interviews are the closest thing we have right now in Australia to The Paris Review interview archives.’ — Daniel Davis Wood, University of Melbourne
‘Verity La is the future of Australian online publishing.’ — Paul Hetherington, Professor of Writing, University of Canberra
On 27 November 2012
Verity La received a Canberra Critics Circle Award. Tops.
Verity La is a proud member of the Small Press Network
Massive, massive thanks to Karen Hughes:
our graphic designer, web developer, site maintainer,
and writer of magical books.
Verity La acknowledges the Aboriginal people as the Traditional owners and Custodians of the lands on which we now work and live. We pay our respects to the Ancestors and Elders who were, and continue to be, the storytellers helping us to know our Country and her people of the past and present more clearly. We are reminded of the journey that began with the Aboriginal people in this land, but that now incorporates the larger family of Torres Strait Islanders and Australian people.