Griffith Review

Griffith Review  
Publication details
Text Publishing for Griffith University (Australia)
Publication history
2003 to present
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1448-2924

Griffith Review is a quarterly publication featuring essays, reportage, memoir, fiction, poetry and artwork from established and emerging writers and artists.[1] Each edition focuses on a contemporary theme, enabling pertinent issues to be aired and discussed in a public forum.

Founded in 2003,[2] Griffith Review has earned a reputation as "the leading literary magazine in Australia, with an uncanny ability to anticipate emerging trends".[3] It was conceived by Griffith University as a way of advancing public debate and providing a platform for long-form writing. It was initially published by ABC Books,[4] with significant support from founding patron Margaret Mittelheuser.[5] In 2009, Text Publishing became the Review's publishing partner and distributor.[6]

Editorial policy

Founding editor Julianne Schultz aims for Griffith Review to be iconoclastic and non partisan, with a sceptical eye, a pragmatically reforming heart and a commitment to public discussion.[7] With a policy of liberal openness to a wide range of perspectives, each edition provides the opportunity for broad interpretation of the theme by publishing across genres. It aims to illuminate important issues through analysis, reportage and writing that connects with the emotional impact of the subject, particularly through the inclusion of memoir. Griffith Review is at the forefront of the re-emergence of long-form journalism in Australia, and has actively encouraged academics to write for more general, informed audiences.[8]

Each edition features a lead essay from a prominent Australian writer or cultural figure, and the topic is explored by about twenty-five other writers in a range of forms and from a wide array of perspectives. Lead essays have been written by Noel Pearson, Frank Moorhouse, Glyn Davis, David Burchell, and Murray Sayle, with other major contributors including Margaret Simons, Lloyd Jones, Ashley Hay, David Malouf, Marcia Langton, Robyn Archer, Marion Halligan, Tom Griffiths, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Wesley, Scott Rankin, Peter Beattie, Kim Scott, Melissa Lucashenko, John Kinsella and Cate Kennedy.

Griffith Review also focuses on supporting new and emerging writers, connecting them to a significant national audience and thus helping to enrich public life. A third of its 700-plus writers have had their first professional publication in Griffith Review, many of whom have consequently secured publishing contracts, scholarships and awards.[9]

Cultural engagement

Editions of Griffith Review are frequently open to targeted submissions from the public, encouraging writers to engage with diverse and stimulating content. In 2012, the Review published its first edition dedicated to the revival and promotion of the novella, Griffith Review 38: The Novella Project. The edition was open for submissions across Australia and New Zealand, and allowed writers to gain a foothold in the international revival of the novella while offering substantial prize money for successful manuscripts.[10] The second novella edition, Griffith Review 46: Forgotten Stories, was published in 2014 with support from the Copyright Agency Ltd. The third novella edition will be published in 2015.[11]

In 2013, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Review held its inaugural Annual Lecture in Brisbane, delivered by journalist and social commentator George Megalogenis.[12] The lecture aims to further stimulate ongoing discussion around a topic of social and cultural importance. In 2014, it was delivered by leading Indigenous educationalist Dr Chris Sarra.[13]

In 2013, Griffith Review published an edition on Tasmania - Griffith Review 39: Tasmania - The Tipping Point? - in conjunction with the University of Tasmania, which was co-edited by Natasha Cica. The edition has sold 30,000 copies, and shaped public discussion and understanding of the state. In 2014, an edition jointly edited by award-winning novelist Lloyd Jones featured 40 New Zealand writers, and headlined events in New Zealand and at the Australia and New Zealand Literary Festival in London in May 2014. In February 2015, an edition focusing on Western Australia that was produced in conjunction with Curtin University and co-edited by Professor Anna Haebich will be launched by the Governor of Western Australia, Kerry Sanderson.

In August 2015, Griffith Review published Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now. The edition recognises the importance of creating a platform for young writers from the Asian region, whose voices will shape the way we understand the complexities of culture, politics and modernisation in the Asian Century. Contributors included prominent writers and social critics such as Miguel Syjuco and Murong Xuecun, who were joined by Sheng Keyi, Annie Zaidi, Maggie Tiojakin and Joshua Ip on an Australian tour, to explore 'the tectonic mind shifts that are bringing the continents of Australia and Asia closer'.[14]

Griffith Review is also a constant presence at public events and writers festivals throughout Australia. Its essay are regularly syndicated by leading newspapers, and it has published numerous essays in conjunction with academic journalism website The Conversation.[15]


Griffith Review has won national awards for essays advancing public debate, is regularly syndicated in major newspapers and forms the basis of ABC Radio and Television broadcasts. Essays and stories from the Review have been included in the Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Stories collections. An anthology of memoirs published in the Review was subsequently published as A Revealed Life: Australian Writers and their Journeys in Memoir by ABC Books in 2007.[16]

Praise for the Review has come from major news publications and cultural figures around Australia, including: The Courier Mail, who called it "Australia's most important literary essay magazine";[17] and social commentator and journalist for The Australian Phillip Adams, who said, "Griffith Review is a wonderful journal. It’s pretty much setting the agenda in Australia and fighting way above its weight… You’re mad if you don’t subscribe."[18]


See also


  1. "Literary Magazines Australia". Australia Council for the Arts. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  2. "Griffith Review". Griffith Review. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  3. "Griffith Review". Text Publishing.
  4. Cica, Natasha (2003) "Griffith Review: Insecurity in the New World Order", The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2003
  5. O'Grady, Stephen (8 January 2014). "Tribute to Dr Margaret Mittelheuser AM DUniv". Griffith University. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  6. "Griffith Review and Text Publishing announce new literary partnership 07.04.2009". Text Publishing. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  7. "Griffith Review: Now We Are Ten - Liar! Cheater! Plonker!". ABC Big Ideas. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  8. "Reading between the lines". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  9. "Griffith Review". Text Publishing. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  10. "Griffith Review Novella Project II". Copyright Agency. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  11. "The Novella Project III competition". Griffith Review. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  12. "Griffith Review to celebrate 10 years with inaugural lecture, 10th-anniversary edition". Books+Publishing. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  13. "Beyond Victims – the challenge of indigenous leadership". ABC Radio National. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  14. "Griffith Review: New Asia Now". New South Wales. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  15. "Griffith Review". The Conversation. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  16. "A revealed life: Australian writers and their journeys in memoir". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  17. "Pleasure dome in Paradise". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  18. "About - Griffith Review". Griffith Review. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  19. "The Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate: Winner 2007". State Library of Victoria. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  20. "Walkley Award Winners: Kathy Marks". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  21. "Walkley Award Winners: Melissa Lucashenko". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  22. "Journalists shortlisted for Human Rights Awards". Australian Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 20 January 2015.

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