About Southerly



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.

David Brooks, Editor

David Brooks is a poet (Walking to Point Clear, Urban Elegies, The Balcony), novelist (The House of Balthus, The Fern Tattoo), essayist and writer of short fiction (The Book of Sei, Black Sea, etc.). Before coming to Southerly, he had been, at different times, editor of Helix and The Phoenix Review, North American editor of New Poetry, on the editorial boards of Westerly, the Logbridge Rhodes Foundation and Canberra Poetry, and founder/editor of the Open Door Press. His work has been widely anthologised, shortlisted for numerous awards (the Miles Franklin, the NSW Premier’s Award, the South Australian Festival Award, the FAW Christina Stead Award, etc.), and translated into many languages. He wrote his PhD in the 1970s on the poetics of Ezra Pound’s early Cantos, and has edited and/or worked closely  with A.D. Hope, R.F. Brissenden, Galway Kinnell, Mark Strand and many others. He lives in the Blue Mountains and teaches Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. His latest publications are the novel The Umbrella Club and The Golden Boat, a collection of translations, with Bert Pribac and Teja Brooks Pribac, from the Slovenian poet Srečko Kosovel. He joined the editorial board of Southerly in 1991 and has been its managing co-editor since 1999.

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.

 Toby Fitch, Reviews Editor (Poetry)

Author and musician Toby Fitch was born in London and raised in Sydney. His chapbook Everyday Staticwas published by Vagabond Press, 2010. His first full-length book of poems Rawshock is forthcoming in 2012 through Puncher & Wattman. He is currently undertaking a creative doctorate on Rimbaud, Mallarmé and various poetic tropes, including mistranslation, concrete and absinthe poetry, at Sydney University. He is the poetry reviews editor for Southerly.

Kate Livett, Reviews Editor (Prose)

Kate Livett wrote her PhD on Gertrude Stein and the fetishisms of Modernity. She lectured in English Literature and Communications for several years at UNSW and then several more at ACU. Kate has published in the areas of Modernism, Animal Studies and Cultural Studies, and is now enjoying a rest from teaching in her role as a Research Assistant.

Michelle Hamadache, Fiction Reader

IMG_0636Michelle Hamadache teaches English Studies and Creative Writing at Macquarie University. The conviction that writing is an emancipatory step, but that not every product of the imagination is art informs her teaching and her writing practice.  She has had publications in Southerly, Parallax, Island and Kunapipi. Her theoretical work explores ethical approaches to representing violence in the Algerian war of independence from France (1954-62). Creatively, she is currently working on a manuscript of collected stories from Kabyle survivors of French internment centres.

Christoper Cyrill, Fiction Reader

Christopher Cyrill is a internationally published novelist, university lecturer in fiction and former fiction editor of Heat Magazine and Giramondo publishing.


Tessa Lunney, Editorial Assistant

TessaTessa Lunney has had her fiction, poetry, and reviews published  in Southerly, Mascara, and Contrapasso, among others, as well as Best Australian Poems 2014. Her first novel is currently in development. In 2014 she was the recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart grant. She has also been listed for the Helen Bell award, the Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Poetry Prize 2013, the Griffith Review Novella competition 2012, the FAW Unpublished Manuscript award. She has a DCA from the University of Western Sydney on silence in contemporary Australian war fiction. She continues to work as a casual academic at universities around Sydney. She became Southerly’s administrative assistant in late 2008.


Brandl & Schlesinger

Brandl & Schlesinger, celebrating sixteen years of publishing, has a reputation as one of Australia’s most renowned independent publishers. We publish and nurture first time authors, with many of their titles winning major literary awards. We have a diverse list of quality fiction and non-fiction, literary memoir and biography, academic journals, translations and a distinctive poetry list. As an independent publisher we are committed to publishing books that are often overlooked by the multi-national conglomerate publishers, and that appeal to both the national and international market.


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