Griffith Review

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

The Griffith REVIEW is a quarterly publication featuring essays, reportage, memoir, fiction, poetry and artwork from established and emerging writers and artists.[1] Each edition of the Review is developed around a contemporary theme enabling the issues to be aired and discussed and to put the debate into a public forum.

The REVIEW was founded in 2003.[2] It was originally a joint venture between Griffith University and ABC Books.[3] In 2009, Text Publishing became the REVIEW's publisher.[4]

Editorial policy[edit]

The themed issues provide an opportunity for broad interpretation, and are often deliberately provocotive to engage all opinion and an open debate.

Each issue has a lead essay of up to 20,000 words, which frames the topic explored by other writers who present a wide range of perspectives on it. Lead essays have been written by Noel Pearson, Frank Moorhouse, Bill Bowtell, Glyn Davis, Creed O'Hanlon, David Burchell, and Murray Sayle, with other major contributors including Margaret Simons, David Malouf, Marcia Langton, Peter Beattie and Michael Wesley.

Of the first issue, Griffith REVIEW 1: Insecurity in the New World Order, academic Natasha Cica wrote that "analysis sits comfortably with anecdote and art".[3]


The Griffith REVIEW has won national awards for essays advancing public debate, is regularly syndicated in major newspapers and forms the basis of ABC Radio broadcasts. Essays and stories from the REVIEW have been included in Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories collections. An anthology of memoirs published in the REVIEW was published as A Revealed Life: Australian Writers and their Journeys in Memoir by ABC Books in 2007.[5]


  • 2007 Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate was awarded to Frank Moorhouse[6] for "The Writer in a Time of Terror" (Griffith REVIEW, Edition 14: The Trouble With Paradise)[7]
  • 2007 Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism
    • Finalist for the Magazine Feature Writing category - Margaret Simons for her essay "Buried in the Labyrinth" (Griffith REVIEW, Edition 16: Unintended Consequences)[8]
    • Winner for the Social Equity Journalism category - Frank Moorhouse for "The Writer in a Time of Terror"
  • 2013 Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism
    • Winner for the Coverage of Indigenous Affairs category[9] - Kathy Marks for her reportage piece "Channelling Mannalargenna" (Griffith REVIEW, Edition 39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point?)[10]
    • Winner for the Long Feature Writing category[11] - Melissa Lucashenko for her reportage piece "Sinking Below Sight: Down and Out in Brisbane and Logan" (Griffith REVIEW, Edition 41: Now We Are Ten)[12]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Literary Magazines Australia". Australia Council for the Arts. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Griffith REVIEW". Griffith REVIEW. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Cica, Natasha (2003) "Griffith Review: Insecurity in the New World Order", The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2003
  4. ^ "Griffith Review and Text Publishing announce new literary partnership 07.04.2009". Text Publishing. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  5. ^ "A revealed life: Australian writers and their journeys in memoir". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate: Winner 2007". State Library of Victoria. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  7. ^ "A writer in the time of terror". Griffith REVIEW. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Buried in the labyinth". Griffith REVIEW. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  9. ^ "Walkley Award Winners: Kathy Marks". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Channelling Mannalargenna". Griffith REVIEW. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Walkley Award Winners: Melissa Lucashenko". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sinking below sight: Down and out in Brisbane and Logan". Griffith REVIEW. Retrieved 9 October 2014.