Submissions are currently closed. Feel free to familiarise yourself with our guidelines before we reopen our inbox for Issue 2.

Our first issue will be published soon! Watch this space.

What is swim meet lit mag, anyway?

We’re a new literary publication based in Meanjin/Brisbane. By literary, we mean poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (we’ll accept reviews, too), but we’d also love to see visual art and photography. Send us hybrids, work that pushes the boundaries of creativity, and anything you’d be too scared to send elsewhere!

What exactly are we looking for? Our mission is to provide an accessible avenue for publication, especially for emerging creatives, but we’re accepting submissions from anyone and everyone. That’s why our general submissions are free. We also want our publication to be easily accessible to readers, which is why we are publishing online only, and our content is always free to access.

However, because we’re a volunteer-run publication committed to paying our contributors, we offer an expedited submission option with a fee of $3.00, an option to request feedback on submissions for $15, and contest entries (when open) will require a submission fee. We also accept donations from anyone, anytime. Your support means we can continue paying artists.

Donations: As a volunteer-run publication, we are always open to donations that help support our operational costs and allow us to pay writers. The amount is automatically set to a one-off payment of $5.00 (AUD).

Support swim meet lit mag

Support our lit mag by contributing a one-time donation.


Our origins

Getting published is like a competition, which is what inspired the name of our lit mag, but to have a chance, everyone needs to have a lane. However, we are very selective in the submissions we choose for publication and ask that you only submit polished work of the highest quality; in other words, send us something you’d be really proud to see published.

We don’t have a strict theme, but our editor is particularly interested in submissions from swimmers (current or former), or about swimming – whatever that means to you. Swim meets bring many people together, and we hope to offer an accessible place for a diverse range of creators to share their work on swim meet lit mag.

As a publication focused on local creatives, we’d love to see work that speaks to what home means to you. However, we know that home can be hard to define. With this in mind, swim meet lit mag hopes to be a home for stories that help us make sense of the world and the places we call home.

The nitty-gritty

Who can submit? Anyone! We love supporting our local creatives, but we’ll also accept submissions from anywhere in the world.

Formatting: Please include all items in one Word document (.doc or .docx) for written submissions where possible. PDF is acceptable for visual and hybrid work. If this isn’t possible, or you are submitting a multimedia piece, please upload a file with a link to your work (wherever you see fit, as long as the editor can access it – but make sure it isn’t publicly available).

How many pieces can I submit? One submission per genre per reading period.

Poetry: Up to 5 poems in one document. No more than 2 pages for a single poem. Please begin each poem on a new page.

Prose submissions: One piece of up to 2,000 words. If it’s a smidge over, don’t sweat it – and flash pieces are also welcome!

Visual & Multimedia: Up to 10 pages/pieces for photography & art submissions (again, a little more is fine). If your work doesn’t fit into this category or you have any questions, please contact us.

Payment: We are committed to paying our contributors (via PayPal where possible). We hope to increase the amount with each issue. If you would like to support us, please consider donating above. Alternatively, you may choose to submit via our Expedited Submissions option or request feedback on your submission. We will also promote our contributors’ work on social media.

Reprints? Material published in other journals is fine as long as you have the rights, but no personal blog or social media content, please.

Simultaneous submissions? Sure! Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. (Congrats, by the way!)

Any other questions? Send them our way over at our contact page!

Submissions will reopen in 2022
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Meet the editor
A photo of Svetlana Sterlin, the editor of swim meet lit mag, in front of a tree.

Svetlana Sterlin is based in Meanjin (Brisbane), where she contributes to Our Culture Magazine, reads for Split Rock Review, and writes across a variety of forms and genres. Her creative work appears in Voiceworks, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, HASH, Entropy Magazine, the anthology Within/Without These Walls (AndAlso Books), and elsewhere. Find more from Svetlana here.