Before you submit to Polari Journal, please read the instructions below carefully. 

Truman Capote 


Polari endeavours to showcase emerging, developing and established writers as a means of bringing readers and writers together in mutually enriching ways. Polari publishes the best writing by and about LGBT persons. Although Polari celebrates writing that addresses sexuality, sex or gender, it is not confined by those themes.


Polari Journal publishes one issue each year, in June. Submissions for this issue close on April 1st each year.


All submissions should include pertinent details such as name, contact details and any relevant biographical information (100 words max). You may also include a brief note about any publications history. Your cover letter should not be sent as an attachment but in the body of the email. This information will not be forwarded to peer reviewers.


All submissions must be emailed as Word documents to:  indicating the genre of the submission in the subject field followed by your surname. For example, for a poetry submission type in the subject field <Poetry Submission Surname> or for a scholarly paper type <Scholarly Essay Submission Surname>.


Word documents must have the submission title in the file extension. For example: The_Lake.doc. Before submitting documents save them with all identifying information (including author tags) removed. To do this in Office 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, point to Prepare and then click Properties. In the 'Document Information Panel' remove the author name in the Author box. Then save your document.


Please do not submit more than 1 short story, essay, review or one act play at a time. You may submit between 3 and 5 poems at a time. Please do not contact us looking for news of your submission. We would prefer you wait for Polari to contact you.


Photography Submissions

Polari Journal showcases photography from LGBTIQ photographers in the MUSEUM section. If you wish your work to be considered for the MUSEUM section send an enquiry and sample images (no more than 3 or 4) by the due date for each issue to:


Creative Works

Polari Journal publishes creative writing by emerging, developing and established writers. In most cases, preference will be given to writers who have achieved at least one other journal or anthology publication. However, Polari Journal is also committed to publishing exceptional creative work by unpublished authors. All submissions should be typed (double spaced) with at least 30mm margins. Please use 12 point Times New Roman font. We accept most genres however Polari is not an appropriate venue for strong erotica.


Scholarly Works

Polari Journal publishes scholarly work that might be described as Queer Writing - a unique discipline that occupies the intersections between Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Literature Studies, Creative Writing (research, teaching and practice) and Queer Theories. Generally speaking, Polari Journal only publishes scholarly work by authors who have attained a minimum of a Masters qualification. In most cases, preference will be given to authors who have already been awarded a PhD. However, on occassion Polari will publish exceptional scholarly work by authors who are currently undertaking a postgraduate (Masters or PhD) program.


Scholarly Citation Style

Scholarly essays should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. Specifically, references and documentation within all reviews/essays should follow the Chicago Documentation Style I.


Special Conditions for Australian Writer/Scholars

As of January 1st 2011, in accordance with the Australian Research Counicil's Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) requirements for creative works being recognised as "non-traditional research outputs", all creative works by Australian university-based writer/scholars accepted for publication in Polari Journal must be accompanied by a research statement. The editor will request this research statement on notification of our intention to publish. Non-Australian writer/scholars may also submit a research statement if they wish.

The research statement must focus on the creative work's research component. The research statement must clearly identify the research component or contribution to knowledge of the creative output. The statement must be around 250 words (2000 characters) and address the following categories:

Research background

This is not a description of the research output itself but of the scholarly or theoretical context in which it sits. In this section, describe the research field or discipline, the gap in knowledge the creative work explores and the research question or hypothesis of the creative work.

Research contribution

In this section, describe what is new or innovative about the creative output and its specific contribution to research and knowledge. This section must focus on the creative work's research component exclusively, including methodologies and understandings the work articulates.

Research significance

In this section, describe why the work is important. How has it contributed to ideas and/or creative or scholarly practices? Give evidence of academic/research significance, e.g. peer recognition (publication in Polari Journal can be mentioned here). Mention funding or awards received by the writer/scholar in relation to the work and and any published reviews of the creative work.