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EXTENDED: Submissions OPEN V35 Designer  (January 30th 2020 11:59 AEST)

Interested in gaining experience as a designer in publishing?

We are currently seeking out the best Deakin has to offer to produce the 35th edition of Verandah in 2020. If this sounds like you, check out the criteria below and send us your application before January 30th, 2020.

About Verandah:

Verandah Literary and Art Journal is a not-for-profit, submission-based publication and 2020 will be the journal’s 35th year! Verandah features a variety of work from established and aspiring writers. 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 35. This may include branding, posters, flyers and other advertising materials, along with the assembly and layout of the journal and eBook and other ad hoc design requests from the editing team.
These positions are open to design students who will be studying at Deakin in 2020.

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 it’s operation. Logos, posters and a consistent brand style will be important in establishing the vibe for 2019.
  • 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 epublication – Verandah produces a printed copy and a 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, decisions require you to liaise with each other 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
  • Indesign

You will also need to have some experience of layout, typography and eBook publication.

What’s in it for you:

This is a volunteer position, but it is a fantastic professional opportunity.

The Verandah 35 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 and will be provided a testimonial from the editing team for you to use in your career.

To apply please submit a resume and covering letter to

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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.

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(Oct 31st 2019 11:59 AEST)

Applications are now closed for the editorial team for 2020. Thank you to those who sent their applications in. We’re looking forward to reviewing them! Interviewees will be contacted early November.


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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:

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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:

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Our submissions are now closed for 2019. Thank you to all of you who submitted. We are so excited to see what you have for us!


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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!

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In Memoriam

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.

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Hello Verandah 34!

Every new year brings new editors and designers. In 2019, the 34th edition of Verandah will be edited by Melina Bunting, Laura Clark, Jo French, Chantelle Gourlay and Mahima Jacob. Our designers this year are Zoe Mcfarlane, Minh Trung Hoang (Tom) and Tran Dac Nghia (Neil). Our team thanks Verandah 33 for all of their hard work last year as we excitedly get ready for 2019!

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