Verandah prints polished and previously unpublished work. Please refer to our Buy the Book page for back issues to see the calibre of writing and art that the Verandah publication team asks for.

Due to the volume of submissions that we receive, we are unfortunately unable to give individual feedback to everyone.

Each year Verandah offers a number of prizes, provided by our sponsors, for outstanding submissions. All successful contributors will receive a free copy of Verandah 35.


Submission Fees

External Submitters (non-Deakin students)

As a not-for-profit organisation that is student-run on a volunteer basis, some submission fees are necessary to sustain our work and produce the wonderful annual print journal.

All submitters who are not Deakin University students or staff are required to pay a submission fee:

· $5 AUD for 1 submission. There is the option of purchasing the Verandah 33 e-book for $2.99 AUD with each $5 submission.

· $10 AUD for 2-3 submissions. For each $10 submission you will receive a copy of the Verandah 33 e-book for free

PLEASE NOTE that we do not receive submission fees via the Submittable forum. Submitters will be redirected to our payment page at the end of the submission process. If there are any issues with accessing the payment page, click here to pay for the submission. 

Deakin Students

Since Verandah is partially funded by Deakin University and run by its students, we do not take submission fees from current Deakin University students.
Deakin University student submitters must send their submission/s via their Deakin email (to confirm their identity as a Deakin University student.)

Submission Process

We will only accept a maximum of 3 submissions from each individual. Submissions can be a mixture of prose, poetry or art, or 3 of the same. For more clarification about submitting or if you have any queries regarding our submission guidelines please contact us via email at 


Fiction and Nonfiction (short stories/creative essays):

Maximum of 2,500 words for all fiction and nonfiction submissions.

Unfortunately, our editors are quite pressed for time, so submissions with a word count more than 10% will not be considered.

Poems/suites of poems:

Fewer than 100 lines, so no epics please!


Maximum of 7 minutes or 7 pages of properly formatted Courier New.


All literary submissions must follow this checklist:
All short stories and poems use Times New Roman font
12-point font size
Double spacing (exceptions for scripts and concrete poetry)
Numbered pages
Our house style is Australian Standard: singular quotations and Australian spelling
Include a header with the title of your work
Your name should not appear anywhere on your work
Submit work as a doc.x file

All pieces must be self-contained. We do not accept pieces that are excerpts from longer works. 


This year Verandah is also accepting art submissions specifically for the cover page!
Cover Image Guidelines:
One full page
Central focal point

Artwork and Photography:
One full-page limit

Two full-page limit
All submissions should be PDF’s or. jpg’s with a resolution of 300dpi.
Please be aware that some cropping may occur to fit artwork into a page.

We are always looking for unique artistic pieces, so feel free to send in your more unusual work!