|Editor||John van Tiggelen|
|First issue||May 2005|
|Company||The Monthly Pty Ltd|
The Monthly is an Australian national magazine of politics, society and the arts, which is published eleven times per year on a monthly basis except the December/January issue. Founded in 2005, it is published by Melbourne property developer Morry Schwartz. The publisher is also director of Black Inc., which publishes non-fiction books and the political journal Quarterly Essay.
Contributors have included Mark Aarons, Waleed Aly, John Birmingham, Peter Conrad, Annabel Crabb, Richard Flanagan, Robert Forster, Anna Funder, Helen Garner, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Ramachandra Guha, Gideon Haigh, M. J. Hyland, Clive James, Kate Jennings, Paul Kelly, Amanda Lohrey, Mungo MacCallum, Shane Maloney, Robert Manne, David Marr, Maxine McKew, Drusilla Modjeska, Peter Robb, Kevin Rudd, Margaret Simons, Tim Soutphommasane, Lindsay Tanner, Malcolm Turnbull and Don Watson.
The magazine generally publishes essays 3,000 to 6,000 words long. The cover stories "Being There", Mark McKenna's investigation of key Australian historian Manning Clark, and "Wendi Deng Murdoch", Eric Ellis's profile of the wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch were around 10,000 words long.
Early in 2006, The Monthly published "Information Idol: How Google is making us stupid" by Gideon Haigh and "The Tall Man: Palm Island's Heart of Darkness" by Chloe Hooper. Both pieces shared the 2006 John Curtin Prize for Journalism. Hooper's piece went on to win the 2006 Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing.
The Monthly has published in-depth essays that have impacted on Australian politics and politicians. "The Outcast of Camp Echo: The Punishment of David Hicks" by Alfred W. McCoy, "Faith in Politics" by Kevin Rudd, and "Gunns: Out of Control" by Richard Flanagan have given wider attention to the issues raised beyond the readership of the magazine.
50,000 copies of the essay "Gunns: Out of Control" were reprinted for letterboxing in the electorates of Australia's environment minister and opposition environment spokesperson by businessman Geoffrey Cousins who decided to mount a campaign against the proposed Bell Bay Pulp Mill in Tasmania after reading it in The Monthly.
- Arts and Letters
The Monthly contains an Arts and Letters section with independent reviews on books, film, music, theatre, TV, fashion, art and architecture. Regular contributor, Robert Forster won the 2006 Pascall Prize for Critical Writing for his popular music criticism in The Monthly.
- The Nation Reviewed
A section at the front of the magazine consisting of a national round-up in a handful of articles, each around 1,000 words. This section is an acknowledgment to the former businessman Gordon Barton who founded a weekly newspaper titled Nation Review.
At the back of the magazine there is a one-page story recalling an unlikely but real historical meeting between two famous individuals, for example "Errol Flynn & Fidel Castro". Encounters is written by Shane Maloney and illustrated by Chris Grosz and was published as a collection in August 2011 by Black Inc.
April 2009 editorial change
||This section may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, controversies or matters relative to the article subject as a whole. (November 2011)|
The Monthly announced Sally Warhaft's resignation as editor on 22 April 2009 and advertised for a replacement. One week later, Jonathan Green, editor of Crikey, alleged that Warhaft's resignation was due to a "deeply unquotable rift" with Morry Schwartz and contributor and editorial board member Robert Manne. Warhaft's deputy David Winter also resigned almost immediately. Journalist David Marr said that Manne had attempted to commission stories from him without Warhaft's knowledge and against her plans and Warhaft was also publicly supported by contributors Don Watson and her former partner Gideon Haigh.
Schwartz denied both that Warhaft was critical to the magazine and that Manne had undue influence over him as its publisher. Contributor Mark Aarons also described her editorial talent as not mature. Manne responded to media coverage stating that the media was relying extensively on sources close to Warhaft and was thus misrepresenting the breakdown of her relationship with the editorial board, and provided his own account of it.
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- "Errol Flynn & Fidel Castro", by Chris Grosz and Shane Maloney, The Monthly (February 2006)
- Australian Encounters, by Chris Grosz and Shane Maloney, Black Inc (August 2011)
- Overington, Caroline (29 April 2009). "The intro that signalled the end of mag's editor". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Green, Jonathan (29 April 2009). "The Monthly gets its Manne after Warhaft exits". Crikey. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Coslovich, Gabriella (30 April 2009). "Magazine meltdown: editor fired, deputy walks, writers quit". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Haigh, Gideon (2 May 2009). "When the media is the story". The Age (Melbourne: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 3 May 2009.
- Manne, Robert (30 April 2009). "Robert Manne: the true history of The Monthly bustup". Crikey. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
- Overington, Caroline (23 May 2009). ""Perfect editor" Ben Naparstek takes The Monthly's reins at 23". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 25 May 2009.