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[SUBMISSIONS CLOSED] Submissions are open for Issue 27 ‘Transitions: Ecopoetics from the Global South’

In a time of ever-expanding uncertainty about our planet and futures, discourse on environmental change has become more prevalent than ever. We have arrived in this moment of climate catastrophe—which has impacted our lives, communities and land we live on—due to the effects of capitalism, colonialism and white supremacy. In turn, literary discourse on exploring environmental change are largely curated and written from a white colonial perspective. Issue 27 of Mascara, ‘Transitions: Ecopoetics from the Global South’ aims to be a vital contribution to current conversations around environmental change from those whose connection to land, culture and community are often silenced.

The root of ‘eco­-’ comes from the Greek work oikos, ‘the home or dwelling place’ [1]. Jonathan Skinner looks at ‘poetics’ as a poiesis, a making. Thus, he concludes, ‘ecopoetics, a house making’ [2].

In ‘Transitions’ we want to emphasise and expand on the multidisciplinary approach of ecopoetics. We are seeking fiction, nonfiction, criticism and poetry that speaks to changing climates, vulnerability in biodiversity and connections to land and country. We want to know: how can language be used to evoke the natural world and respond to the ongoing and imminent crises of our times? How can we use writing to explore the complex relationships between the natural environment, human experience, culture, place, urbanisation, colonisation and climate change? We are interested in celebrations of ecology and the environment, challenges to anthropomorphic perspectives, and critical insight to current and future ecological discourse.

Issue 27 will be edited by Monique Nair, Anthea Yang, Michelle Cahill, with poetry guest-edited by Caitlin Maling. This issue is funded and supported by Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Submissions close: 2 October 2021

Submission guidelines

Please send all submissions to with ‘Issue 27 [Your Name & genre of submission]’ in the subject line.

Formatting must be in 12 point Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced. Please submit in Microsoft Word doc format and identify your attachment by surname. Please include a short bio in the body of the email or in your submission document.

Poetry: Please send 1–3 poems for consideration
Fiction: Please send one short story up to 3000 words, or for flash fiction send no more than 1000 words
Nonfiction/criticism: Please send one piece of up to 3000 words.

If applicable, please note we use endnotes, not footnotes for citation. We use the MLA Citation Style for acknowledging sources and references. We are a peer-reviewed journal. We assume no responsibility for the opinions of contributors. Contributors hold copyright of their work as it appears in this journal and no part of which may be reproduced without permission.


Our current pay rates are: $100 for a poem; $100 for fiction/creative non-fiction under 1000 words; $200 fiction/creative non-fiction between 1000–3000 words. The theme is open to interpretation.

We encourage you to read at least one or two issues of the journal before submitting your work.


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During the pandemic we are asking publishers to help us by sending electronic copies of their books for review as well as a publicity image for social media. We will commission reviews on social media and by email to our cohort of reviewers. Our reviewers include specialist readers, early career researchers, academics and book lovers. Once we commission a review we will write to ask publishers to post books directly to reviewers. This will minimise unnecessary social movement and assist the industry with postage costs. We look forward to working with publishers electronically in creative co-supportive ways.

Manuscript Appraisal

We are unable to give detailed feedback on your work but manuscript appraisals may be applied for. There is a fee of $500 for 3000 words or for 3 poems.