The Monthly

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The Monthly
The Monthly November 2012 - Issue 84.jpg
November 2012 issue featuring Julia Gillard
EditorNick Feik
CategoriesNews/Literary magazine
PublisherSchwartz Publishing
First issueMay 2005
CompanyThe Monthly Pty Ltd
Based inCarlton, Victoria
LanguageAustralian English

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.[2]


Contributors have included Mark Aarons, Waleed Aly, John Birmingham, Peter Conrad, Annabel Crabb, Richard Flanagan, Robert Forster, Anna Funder, Helen Garner, Anna Goldsworthy,[3] Kerryn Goldsworthy, Ramachandra Guha, Gideon Haigh, M. J. Hyland, Linda Jaivin, Clive James, Kate Jennings, Paul Kelly, Benjamin Law, 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.[citation needed]



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 Eric Ellis's profile of Wendi Deng Murdoch – the then-wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch – were around 10,000 words long.[4][failed verification]

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 which was extended to the book The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island in 2008. 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.[5][6][7][8]

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.[9][10][11][12]

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.[13] The magazine ceased publishing letters from readers early in 2017. No explanation was ever provided for this decision and the website and print version continue to invite their contribution. In November 2021 the option of commenting on articles published online using the Disqus platform was removed. At the same time, comments on the magazine's Facebook page began to be moderated or disabled.

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.[citation needed]


At the back of the magazine there was a one-page story recalling an unlikely but real historical meeting between two famous individuals, for example "Errol Flynn & Fidel Castro".[14] Encounters was written by Shane Maloney and illustrated by Chris Grosz and was published as a collection in August 2011 by Black Inc.[15]


  1. ^ Paul Barry: "Morry Schwartz" Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine, in The Power Index, Retrieved 10 February 2014
  2. ^ "Inside Business – 14 May 2005: Developer lays foundation for Monthly success". ABC. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  3. ^ For example, "Voices of the land" (September 2014) and "A change is gonna come" (February 2007) (both retrieved May 27, 2018)
  4. ^ "Spiked!". Media Watch. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Monthly Magazine celebrates second birthday". Lateline. 14 May 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  6. ^ Tony Jones (2 October 2006). "Tony Jones speaks to Kevin Rudd". Lateline. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Hicks subjected to most extreme CIA torture, expert says". ABC. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  8. ^ Tony Jones (28 August 2007). "Tony Jones talks to Geoffrey Cousins". Lateline. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Pulp mill fight moves into MPs' backyards – Environment". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Garrett hedges bets on mill – Environment". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Celebrity movement not run of the mill". The Australian. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  12. ^ Alan Ramsey (6 October 2007). "Vision Ltd: Turnbull yes to mess for 50 years". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Subscribe to the Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps".
  14. ^ "Errol Flynn & Fidel Castro", by Chris Grosz and Shane Maloney, The Monthly (February 2006)
  15. ^ Australian Encounters, by Chris Grosz and Shane Maloney, Black Inc (August 2011)

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