Voiceworks (magazine)

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Voiceworks is a national quarterly magazine based in Melbourne, Victoria, featuring writing and art by young Australian writers. It is produced by young people, and relies on contributions from the readers for the content.[1][2][3]


The magazine is produced by the editor together with a group of interns and a volunteer editorial committee, all of whom are also under twenty-five.[4] This committee assists the editor in reading submissions, editing content, proofreading, running launches, and writing feedback for all contributors.

From around issue 12 onwards (there is no complete archive), Voiceworks began to be published as a quarterly, 80-page magazine. It has now published more than 100 issues. The magazine is based in Melbourne with the Wheeler Centre, an initiative of the Government of Victoria as part of Melbourne’s designation by UNESCO as a City of Literature in 2008.

Operations are carried out by three part-time staff (General Manager, Artistic Director and Voiceworks Editor), and by volunteers. It was designed by Elwyn Murray.

Each issue is subtitled according to a theme determined by the Editorial Committee a number of issues advance. A theme blurb is written by the EdComm and distributed with calls for submissions, with potential contributors encouraged to contribute themed work.


Its publisher, Express Media, a non-profit media organisation for young artists, was established in 1983 as Express Media Power Workshops. Its newsletter Voiceworks was launched by the then prime minister, Bob Hawke and music journalist Molly Meldrum in 1985 for International Youth Year, to promote the organisation's program of workshops. Since then, Express Media's operations and projects have been financed by grants from the Federal and state government arts funding bodies Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria, from the writer John Marsden and from the private philanthropic fund Copyright Agency Ltd. Marsden is Express Media's patron, and a contributor of operational funding as well as prize money for the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers.[5]

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