Established in 1985, Express Media has a 30-year history of providing support and development programs for young writers and editors across Australia and is recognised as the peak organisation for young writers nation-wide.
We present an annual artistic program that aims to develop creative skills and build capacity among young people in creative writing, creative nonfiction, journalism, poetry, and editing and publishing, engaging thousands of young people every year.
Our audience and membership is made up of young people, including secondary students, tertiary students, and young people not in formal education. We also have a community of established writers, educators, librarians, youth workers, parents and supporters that engage with and support Express Media.
Express Media is often the first place a young writer will encounter their peers, mentors and future publishers, and throughout our 30-year history, Express Media has developed an extensive network of alumni, including Christos Tsiolkas, Benjamin Law, Anna Krien, Justin Heazelwood, Samuel Cooney, Josephine Rowe, Ronnie Scott, Andre Dao, Patrick Grant, Lisa Dempster, Lilli Wilkison, Geoff Lemon and Alice Grundy.
Express Media’s flagship publication, Voiceworks, is a national quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians.
Voiceworks is a unique opportunity for people under twenty-five to publish their poetry, short stories, articles, comics, illustrations, drawings and photos. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and individualised feedback is provided for all unsuccessful submissions.
In 2015, Voiceworks celebrated its 100th issue. Throughout this time the magazine has provided development for countless young writers and editors. Voiceworks is produced by the Editor and Designer, together with the Editorial Committee (EdComm), a group of volunteer editors under twenty-five. EdComm assists the editor in reading submissions, editing content, proofreading, running launches, and writing feedback for all our submissions.
Contributors selected for publication all receive a publication fee. For all written submissions, including short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, writers receive $100. For visual art contributions, including graphic design, photography, comics and illustration, artists receive $100 or $150 per suite. Express Media prides outselves on building capacity in young people, which includes paying for their artistic work.
Voiceworks both supports young writers’ development of literacy skills and celebrates their work as literary in its own right. We seek to empower young writers and readers as equal creators and participants within the larger arts community. Our goal is to allow young Australians to represent themselves through quality literary and artistic production.
To learn more Express Media’s programs, publications, and opportunities, to contact our Voiceworks contributors, or to speak about further collaboration, please contact Creative Producer Fiona Dunne on firstname.lastname@example.org or at +61 03 9094 7887.