About us

Southerly is one of Australia’s oldest continuous literary journals. The journal of the English Association, Sydney, it was launched in 1939 with works by authors such as AD Hope and Kylie Tennant. It was, from the outset, dedicated to publishing new Australian literature of the highest standard, and of providing a link between the academy and the garret.

Southerly continues to publish the best in new fiction and poetry, reviews and criticism, from and about Australian and New Zealand authors.

Southerly is published three times a year, both in print and digitally, and is complemented by a free online section, the Long Paddock. Our entire backlist is available online through the Informit Literature and Culture Collection. Our blog provides commentary and bibliophilic musings from a different writer each month.

We are open for submissions all year round.

Elizabeth McMahon, Editor

Elizabeth McMahon teaches in the English program at the University of New South Wales, specifically Australian literature, women’s writing and critical theory. Her most research and writing focuses on Australia’s island imaginary and how imaginative geography has shaped Australian literature. With Brigitta Olubas she edited Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis (2006) andRemembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays (2010). Before taking the co-editorship of Southerly, she edited Australian Humanities Review from 1997-2007.

Kate Lilley, Poetry Editor

Kate Lilley is a poet and academic. She is a member of the English Department of the University of Sydney. Her first book of poems, Versary (Salt 2002), won the Grace Leven Prize and was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Awards, 2002. Widely anthologised, her second book, Ladylike, is forthcoming from Salt. She has also edited Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP 2010) and the Penguin Classics edition of Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World and other writings.

Debra Adelaide, Fiction Editor

Debra Adelaide’s literary career commenced in the late 1980s, and since then she has been a freelance writer, book reviewer, editor, researcher, and finally an academic. She studied at the University of Sydney, where she also worked as a tutor in the English department in the early 1980s and completed a doctorate in Australian literature in 1990.

Her first novel, The Hotel Albatross, was published in 1995. Prior to that she was the author of Australian Women Writers, a bibliographic guide, and editor of the collection A Bright and Fiery Troop(1988), which was part of Penguin’s ground-breaking Australian Women’s Library series, edited by Dale Spender, which reintroduced the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century women writers to contemporary readers. She also researched the life and writing of Dymphna Cusack, and rediscovered, edited and published Cusack’s previously unpublished memoir, A Window in the Dark (1991) as part of a National Library of Australia series based on its manuscript collections.

Fiona Morrison, Non-Fiction Editor

Fiona Morrison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW, where she has taught and supervised in the areas of postcolonial and world literatures, Australian literature and women’s writing. Her research has included work on twentieth century Australian women writers, including Henry Handel Richardson, Christina Stead and Dorothy Hewett. Her most recent book was Christina Stead and the Matter of America (SUP, 2019), and she is currently working on a project that examines representations of provincial modernity in Richardson’s trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony.

Chris Oakey, Poetry Reviews Editor

Chris Oakey is Postgraduate Researcher at the University of New South Wales in Australia. His current research focuses on the relationship between Modernist and late-Modernist poetry and European philosophy. 

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, Poetry Reader

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat has previously been published in CorditeOtolithsRabbitSeizureSoutherly and Voiceworks. In 2017 she edited poetry for Voiceworks and the UTS Writers’ Anthology and has twice been shortlisted for the UTS Writers’ Anthology Prize. Her first collection, Crave, is out with Rabbit.

Jack Cameron Stanton, Fiction Reader & Administrator

Jack Cameron Stanton is a writer and critic based in Newtown, Sydney. His work has appeared in The Australian, SoutherlySeizureVoiceworks, Neighbourhood Paper and the Sydney Review of Books. He is editor consultant for the UTS Writers’ Anthology, and is working on his doctorate at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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