We are currently open for submissions for ‘I Can’t Speak to You’ until 21 July, and ‘We’re Queer Here’ until 31 July. Submission details for both below.


I Can’t Speak to You—open for poetry submissions until 21 July 2017.

This poetry edition is presented in part with the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017, running this year from August 24-27 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.  This year’s theme at QPF is ‘Distant Voices’, and this edition of Peril will include the work of poets featured on the bill, as well as the wonderful work submitted in response to this open call.

Mother tongues, other tongues. Motherland, otherland. How do we speak to each other? We want to know the many ways in which you connect, or disconnect, to home and culture and belonging. We encourage poets from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to explore language and communication, history and migration, family, identity, and everything in between.

How does language—and loss of language—impact our identities, and the way we interact in the world?

In Australia, our linguistic and cultural ‘homes’ are ever in a state of flux. Despite our vast and varied cultural backgrounds—despite our First Nations history, and present—the social, cultural, and political power of English remains dominant as ever.

What does the momentum of English mean for our other languages? How much do we lose when a language disappears altogether? When a language disappears how many dreams and stories disappear with it?

Send us your poetry to by 21 July.

rainbow-lorikeet-parrots-australia-rainbow-37833We’re Queer Here – open for rolling contributions until 31 July 2017.

This two part edition will be open for much of this year, and is a part of our Digital Diasporas project, supported by the City of Melbourne. This year-long series of writing and visual arts encourages practitioners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to focus on contemporary public narratives around diversity, intercultural and interfaith relations, gender and sexuality. We will also be hosting two public forums and live performances of works from the edition.

We’re curious to ask those who may – or may not – identify with the LGBTIQA community to consider the relationship between place, culture and sexuality. If sexuality and gender are implicated in culture, and culture a determinant of what is acceptable in terms of those identities, what changes when we – the citizen, the lover, the human – changes place? Australia “prides” itself on its non-discriminatory stance with regards to LGBITQA people, yet still inhibits some communities from full expressions of their gender and sexuality rights. There is no homogeneous legal and cultural response to sexuality and gender in Asia. Where and how are you able to enact your sexuality or gender identity to its fullest? What changes when you or others cross boundaries: physical, social, gender or otherwise? If our dreams and desires are boundless, why do we still feel so trapped sometimes?

Email us your pitches and contributions at


Please consider our contributions guidelines:

  • We accept contributions of art works, prose, poetry, non-fiction, essays, blog posts with a word limit of 1000 words (where applicable), a relationship to issues of Asian Australian interest, and a connection to the issue theme.
  • We consider previously unpublished, original work, however, simultaneous submissions are acceptable. We ask only that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We welcome submissions in creative and new media interpretations of “literature”, including video, audio and text format, graphic stories, sound or visual art, as long as it can be presented online and has a relationship to story.
  • You don’t have to be Asian-Australian to contribute, but your contribution should be of Asian-Australian interest. Check out our back editions to see what we publish.
  • Our editions are themed and you are welcome to include a short (100 -200 word) artist statement, which may outline the work’s relationship to that theme.

Please note we are currently only able to pay Australian contributors for themed editions due to our current funding arrangements. We look to pay our contributors equally, depending on the number of successful submissions. Our average payment rates are between $50-100.

To stay in touch around submission dates, please connect with us on Facebook or Twitter so that we can let you know of any upcoming writing opportunities. We also welcome suggestions for edition themes or articles because we think you’ve got great ideas.