Peril (Peril Magazine Inc, ISSN 2207-2942) is an online magazine focused on issues of Asian Australian arts and culture. We have been sharing stories since 2006.

What we do

Peril showcases new literature and stories through diverse forms, including poetry, drama, translations, creative writing, memoir, essays, biographical profiles, interviews and other structures. We are also interested in critical and reflective writing about the visual arts, music, performance, theatre, film and other cultural arts practices. To understand these practices, we profile leading and emerging arts practitioners, particularly Asian Australian practitioners. We foster dialogue and conversation around issues of diverse cultural production and news issues of Asian Australian interest by supporting creative non-fiction, citizen journalism and opinion pieces.

Peril is an active contributor to the Australian literary and creative arts communities, hosting and participating in a range of workshops, panels, seminars and events that look to engage the community in cultural production that is representative of the diversity of the Australian community and relevant in a globally interconnected world.

Peril welcomes contributions from all, but will prioritise Asian-Australian and contributors of colour or contributors of diverse backgrounds as relevant to our readership and themes. Peril is inclusive of people of diverse sexualities and genders.

Peril acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the original owners and custodians of the land that we live and work on.

Peril’s vision is for a creative Australia where all people have equal rights and opportunities to participate in the arts and cultural expression.

Mission Statement
Peril mission is to empower the creativity, agency and representation of Asian-Australian people in arts, society and culture. We do this by being an active multimedia platform Asian-Australian voices, stories and expressions of culture.

Our Principles

    • A respect for diversity of opinions, people and cultures.
    • Excellence in creativity, both in terms of process and outcome.
    • A commitment to positive social change.

Statement of Values
Peril does not discriminate in its activities on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Commonwealth, State or local law.

Peril does not condone sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion and will take action to remove any Board member or volunteer who does not maintain a safe and respectful environment for fellow volunteers or Peril communities (including bullying and intimidation of a general nature).

Unlawful discrimination has no place within Peril’s community and offends Peril’s core values which include a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion. All Peril board members, and volunteers are expected to join with and uphold this commitment.

Any member of the Peril community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination under this statement of values without fear of retaliation. Any and all inquiries regarding the application of this statement may be referred to: [email protected] and may be treated anonymously or confidentially as preferred.

Governance and Organisation
Peril operates as an incorporated not-for-profit association and has been led by an advisory board since 2006. This board guides an editorial team consisting of individuals who cover a range of portfolios include Prose, Poetry, Visual Arts, Politics and Arts, one of whom acts as Editor in Chief. Much of this work is voluntary, and a further group of dedicated volunteers support the ongoing work of the magazine through writing, editing, project management and marketing activities.

Partnership and Collaboration
Peril has a range of formal, funding and collaborative relationships with individuals and organisations. Some of these relationships last a long time, others just a good time.

At the moment, we work with the Asian Australian Democracy Caucus (AADC) to bring you articles dedicated to commentary and analysis of Australian domestic politics in a regular monthly series. You can learn more about that partnership here.

We are also proud to affiliate with PHOTODUST, a not-for-profit Asia-Pacific curation project based in Melbourne, to share monthly features of photographic and lens-based works. You can learn more about that project and their curatorial team here.

Peril’s work has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Creative Victoria; City of Melbourne; Victorian Multicultural Commission; and Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature Office, and made possible by the generosity of private donations and volunteer time and effort.