Submission Guidelines

If you want to submit to WORDLY ‘Skeptic’ Edition simply click here and fill out the following form. 

Hi there! Since you’re checking out the submission guidelines, I feel that I could competently guess that you’re thinking about submitting to WORDLY. Firstly, congratulations, that’s fantastic. Secondly, and I know I am biased, but you should totally submit!

Now that I’ve talked you into submitting, I hear: what’s the go?

Well, WORDLY accepts fiction and non-fiction pieces, articles, poetry and art. We accept submissions for our print editions—which will have a closing date—and for our blog—which we accept 24/7.

Written submissions

We accept submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, articles, and other miscellaneous forms of writing.

For our print editions, pieces need to be either between 300 and 700 words, or 1100 to 1200 words—or up to an A4 page for poetry. Articles such as journalistic writing and opinion pieces for the print editions should be about ongoing issues that won’t become outdated before the magazine can be put together and launched.

Submissions for WORDLY online should be under 1000 words. Submissions above this word count would have to be exceptionally well-done to be considered. WORDLY online is especially interested in publishing articles, journalism, and opinion pieces about current issues. However, if your submission to a print edition of WORDLY is not able to be accepted, but is of particularly high quality, we may offer your piece to be published on this blog instead.

As per the Australian standard, all submissions should use single quotation marks, the un-spaced em-dash rule, and also follow the general Australian standard for spelling.

Feel free to send us completed pieces, but remember: you may also pitch us pieces. You can email us about any ideas you are unsure about, or need a bit of advice on.

We will accept no more than TWO written submissions per person. To give your pieces the best chance to be accepted, we recommend that you differ them as much as possible. There is no particular limit for artwork, however we recommend under TEN pieces.

Please know that you are more than welcome to request to have your piece published anonymously. You must mention this in your email to us with your attached piece. Your name will even be hidden to the editing team as much as possible.

As a student of Deakin University, you can submit pieces that you have previously submitted as part of individual assignments. You cannot submit a piece that has been a part of a group assignment, if the assignment was done as part of an internship or placement, if you receive funding for your studies or if the piece was done in collaboration with a Deakin staff member. For more information you can review Deakin’s Copyright and Intellectual Property Guidelines.

Art submissions

Any and all artistic submissions are welcome. They can range from photos, to photos of paintings, to graphic design pieces. All art submissions must be submitted electronically, and all we ask is that it is in the highest possible resolution; it’s possible for your work to be one of our WORDLY covers, and that’s two A4 pages! We are often in great need of art, and so your submissions do have a great chance of being accepted, so please don’t be shy to submit.

Upcoming themes and deadlines

WORDLY  ‘Skeptic’ edition: submissions close on the 17th of May 11.59PM.

To submit to WORDLY ‘Skeptic’ edition please you can click here and fill out the following form OR you can email us at with your name, student number and submission



WORDLY online: we are always open for online submissions!

Please send any questions about submissions to with your name, student number, and a bit of information about what you’re studying.


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