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Applications Open for Verandah 36

Applications to be apart of the creation 2021’s Verandah 36 are open! Send your applications with relevant materials as listed below to verandah@deakin.edu.au before November 20th for potential editors, and January 15th for potential designers! This opportunity is only open to those studying at Deakin University, including Online/Cloud students.

 

Expression of Interest – Editorial Team Member for Verandah 36

Interested in gaining professional experience as an editor? We are currently seeking out the best Deakin University has to offer to produce the 36th  edition of Verandah in 2021. If this sounds like you, check out the criteria below and email your resume, a cover letter responding to the key selection criteria, as well as a copy of your academic transcript to verandah@deakin.edu.au before November 13th, 2020.

About Verandah: Verandah Literary and Art Journal is a not-for-profit, submission-based publication and 2021 will be the journal’s 36th year! Verandah features a variety of works from established and aspiring writers and artists. Each year, the annual volume is produced by a team of Deakin students; that’s where you come in!

The Role: As a member of the Verandah 36 editing team, you and your teammates will be responsible for securing grants and sponsorship, soliciting submissions, evaluating and editing contributions and advertising. You will oversee every aspect of Verandah 36’s creation, from conception to launch. Some of the required tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Solicitation of submissions through promotion via print media, social media, email correspondence and radio.
  • Attendance at regular team meetings/board meetings (online and/or in person at Deakin Downtown in Swanston St Melbourne).
  • Management of stock including postage of orders made online for back-issues.
  • Assessment of submissions using Submittable.
  • Selection of material for publication with input to running order and pairing of written works with artwork.
  • Structural, copy editing and proofreading of selected material.
  • Close liaison with authors during editing process.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Keen literacy and editing skills; including copy, structural and proof editing – This will be relevant for the editing of contributions, advertising and email correspondence with internal and external parties.
  • Ability to work closely with others in a team environment across campuses. – The team will consist of students from Burwood, Geelong and Cloud campuses and you will need to be able to correspond and attend meetings effectively with each other and the Verandah Industry Panel.
  • Organisational, planning and time management skills –  Verandah deadlines are demanding and shorter than they seem. Being organised will keep you on track and within budget and timing.
  • Creative and aesthetic vision – Verandah will be completely controlled by the editing team and while Verandah is open-themed regarding submissions, you will have to work together to establish an aesthetic vision for the 2021 journal.
  • Strong communication, negotiation and problem solving skills – A lot of important tasks require liaising with others and, with all experiences, there will be plenty of learning opportunities.
  • Ability to edit within tight timelines – There is a small window between closing of submissions and when the journal is due to be printed. Submissions will need to be confirmed, structurally edited, copyedited and proofread in layout in this time.

Requirements:

  • Applicants should be commencing their third year of Deakin’s Professional and Creative Writing major in 2021.
  • Completion of ALW205 The Role of the Editor in 2020 or prior.
  • Intention to undertake ALW395: Producing Digital Anthologies: From Concept to Publication in 2021 or already undertaken will be highly regarded.

What’s in it for you: This is a volunteer position but offers first-hand experience in the publishing industry. At the end of the year, you and your team will have produced a journal in both print and possibly digital form. This is an opportunity to learn and expand not only your editing and teamwork skills, but also experience what is required of publishers: liaising with sponsors, printers, designers, authors and artists. You will also learn and expand skills such as budget management, marketing, sales and event planning.

 

Expression of Interest – Graphic Design Team Member for Verandah 36

Interested in gaining experience as a designer in publishing? We are currently seeking out the best Deakin has to offer to produce the 36th edition of Verandah in 2021. If this sounds like you, check out the criteria below and email us your application (including a resume, cover letter and example(s) of your work) to verandah@deakin.edu.au before January 15th, 2020.

About Verandah: Verandah Literary and Art Journal is a not-for-profit, submission-based publication and 2021 will be the journal’s 36th year! Verandah features a variety of work from established and aspiring writers and artists. Each year, the annual volume is produced by a team of Deakin students; that’s where you come in!

The Role: Your role will be to create and design the visual aspects relating to Verandah 36. This may include branding, posters and other advertising materials, social media graphics, along with the assembly and layout of the journal and potential eBook and other ad hoc design requests from the editing team such as the Cabinet of Curiosities. These positions are open to design students who will be studying at Deakin in 2021.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to work in a team environment – You will be in a team of 2 to 3 Designers and will need to work together, alongside working with the Editing Team.
  • Creative vision in relation to branding and marketing – Verandah is a not-for-profit business and marketing and advertising are key features in its operation. Logos, posters and a consistent brand style will be important in establishing the aesthetic for 2021.
  • Skills in working to a given brief – The Editing Team will detail assignments in design briefs, making their requests, requirements and deadlines as streamlined for you as possible.
  • Capacity to work on both typesetting and design of hard copy and e-publication – Verandah produces a printed copy and a potential digital copy of the journal each year. Working with the changes between mediums is essential.
  • Strong communication, negotiation and problem solving skills – A lot of important tasks require liaising with others and, with all experiences, there will be plenty of learning opportunities.

A Verandah designer should understand and be able to work with the following:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign

What’s in it for you: This is a volunteer position, but it is a fantastic professional opportunity. The Verandah 36 editing team are your clients and you will play a big part in bringing their vision to life! This is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience with print and web design, as well as the publishing and professional writing industry. At the end of the year you will have tangible, professionally published work to add to your portfolio.

 

Verandah 35 Cover

Verandah 35 Launch!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the official launch of Verandah 35! It was wonderful to see so many faces, familiar and new, be there to celebrate with our team. Below are two screen images taken on the night, one of the Fun and Games and the other a run through of the Cabinet of Curiosities.

Submissions are closed for Verandah 35! 

Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date on all Verandah 35 announcements. 

Hello Verandah 35!

Every year we introduce new editors and designers. In 2020, the 35th edition of Verandah will be edited by Chloe Blanchard, Mahalia Brooks, Rachel Grey, Jessica Hinschen, Josh Paddon and Alastair Widdowson. Our designers this year are Melissa Bandara, Teodora Kopic and Ishan Sardana. Our team thanks Verandah 34 for all their incredible work last year as we begin preparations for 2020! 

Farewell V34

The Verandah 34 Editorial Team of 2019 want to wish a fond farewell to Verandah.
This year has been an incredible year and V34 has been an immensely rewarding experience for our team. We are proud to have been a part of Verandah and managed all the ground-breaking new changes!
We thank our sponsors, the Verandah Board members, submitters, contributors, readers and followers for the community we’ve all built and the publication we’ve delivered into the world.
While we are sad to say goodbye, we are also so excited to see what 2020 has in store for Verandah and the new Verandah 35 team as they continue this work and add to this long history.
All the best and thank you for supporting and reading us!
-From the Verandah 34 Editors.

Another heartfelt thank you to our friends at Geelong, for such a successful second and final launch!

Verandah 34 is now available for purchase via our website ‘Buy’ tab above.

For all photos of our Geelong launch, please visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/verandahjournal

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Melbourne launch yesterday at Deakin Downtown!

We had a wonderful time introducing you to Verandah 34.

For all photos of our Melbourne launch, please visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/verandahjournal

2018 Judith Rodriguez Prize Winner

Abigail Eder

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Verandah 34 Editorial team is pleased to announce the winner of the
2018 Judith Rodriguez Prize. Abigail Elder’s short story, ‘We came here to find our own names’, will be published in Verandah Volume 34, due to be released later in the year. Abigail Elder is a newly formed Australian who lives by the beach with her partner, her dog and her rocks. Elder has been previously published in WORDLY Magazine and the Geelong Writers Anthology. Elder recently graduated from Deakin University and is sitting quietly in a room considering what she will do next.

Congratulations Abigail!

Judith Rodriguez

Judith Rodriguez–Dame of the Victorian Writers Centre, stakeholder in PEN International, well-known writer and one of the key mentors of Verandah Journal–sadly passed away in late 2018.

As Judith stated in the Verandah 30 foreword, Verandah was launched through the energies of a group of keen editors/students ‘beneath the shade of the wide verandahs’ of Victoria College that is now ‘receiving all the winds of heaven…to welcome the verse and thoughtfulness of new art and writing’–her wish for Verandah’s future. This is a testament to Judith’s commitment to both Verandah and to new writers and artists.

Judith attended many Verandah launches, board meetings and student event. Her legacy will continue to live on through the Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts Judith Rodriguez Memorial Prize. Presented annually to third-year creative writing students from the degree she did so much to shape and encourage. She was also an Honorary Fellow who gave lectures and readings, provided mentoring and nurtured the creative community at Deakin. Judith’s influence has spread far and wide across the community at Deakin University and her passing leaves both acknowledgement of her many achievements in life and sadness that we will no longer receive her fine wisdom.