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 we seek to create a space to document, imagine and urgently address the way we live now. At a time when states of precarity, inhospitality, upheaval and emergency have become everyday characteristics of life, how are Australians faring?

We encourage creative and critical submissions to sit alongside commissioned work by established and emerging writers. In particular we call for shorter responses (1-3 pages) on how to live in and through isolation/dislocation, what makes life liveable, and what kinds of ‘we’ are possible when care requires us to embrace an ethics of distance.

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2021, 11:59 pm. 

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Please submit via our Submittable page