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.

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.

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.


Michelle Hamadache, Fiction Reader

Michelle 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.

Liliana Zavaglia, Reviews Editor (Prose)

unnamedLiliana Zavaglia works as a casual academic in the field of Australian literature at the University of Sydney. She has previously published in Australian literary journals and edited collections of Australian writers. Her forthcoming book,White Apology and Apologia: Australian Novels of Reconciliation (Cambria), traces the fluctuating desires of liberal white discourses which have emerged in the wake of the profound cultural, political and legal transformations that have taken place in the field of Indigenous rights since the 1990s.

Sarah Pope, Editorial Assistant

Sarah Pope is a PhD candidate in Australian Literature at The University of New South Wales. Her thesis tracks the figure of the Australia girl through early Colonial Modernity. She holds an MA from The University of Sydney, and is currently preparing an edition of Louise Mack’s An Australian Girl in London (1902) for Grattan Street Press.

Jing Chin, IT Assistant

Jing Chin has a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Writing from Macquarie University and is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Software) at the University of New South Wales.

Tanya Gautam, Editorial Intern

Tanya is currently pursuing her Masters in English literature and linguistics at Heidelberg University, Germany. She likes to read out loud plays, novels and poems and perform her own pieces of spoken word poetry. Enthusiastic about learning piano in the near future, being productive everyday(or at least every other day), she is currently traveling around Australia and interning at Southerly.


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