Launched in 1939, Southerly is one of Australia’s oldest continuous literary journals. Dedicated to publishing new literature of the highest standard, Southerly provides a link between the academy and the garret.

Southerly is published three times a year, in print and digitally. Each edition is complemented by a free online section, the Long Paddock.

Latest Issues

Southerly 79.3: The Way We Live Now

A collection of pandemic-inspired and pandemic-adjacent writing exposing everyday precarity and privilege, fomenting action and inaction. DIGITAL EDITION FREE, open access, read online, download here and/or print as you like.

Southerly 79.2: Writing Through Fences – Archipelago of Letters

The island continent has created an archipelago of incarceration in its surrounding seas. This issue is devoted entirely to the work of past and present refugees. PRINT EDITION For the digital edition, click here.

Southerly 79.1: 80!

A celebration of our 80th anniversary and salute the writers we have published. Contributors recall the significance of works dating from as many as 50 and 60 years ago.

Southerly 78.3: Violence

Violence provides a readymade drama, an impetus for action, shock or transformation, but literature is also a site of violence in the recording, masking, performance and objectification of violence.



Southerly is out of lockdown!

After suspending publication for all of 2020 and most of 2021, we are delighted to announce that Southerly is in

The Way We Live Now: Call for Papers 2021

An online issue edited by Melissa Hardie and Kate Lilley In this first fully online issue in Southerly’s 80-year history

The future of Southerly

Southerly is seeking funds to enable it to continue publishing in 2020. We stress that Southerly editors are themselves not paid. All money goes to

Australian Short Story Festival tickets now on sale

The annual Australian Short Story Festival is back this October and for the first time it is being held in





I scan the textbook looking for any flickers of familiarity, of words I might have seen before or words that

Violent Landscapes: Exploring perspectives of gendered violence in ‘An Isolated Incident’ and ‘Big Little Lies’

Women are held responsible for their own safety, after all. More bluntly speaking, women are held responsible for not letting


His name was changed from Pollnow, German, dating back to the eighteenth century, to Peters, assigned with little more than

Part 3

In considering only the alphabetic aspects of the postcodes one half of their narrative and poetic potential was potentially being