Subbed In 3.0


Hi there and welcome to the grand re-re-re-launch of Subbed In. 

As we enter our fourth year of existing, we're souping things up by re-launching our platform for the third time in as many years. Here's a quick summary of what's new at Subbed In 3.0.

First up, we launched our brand spanking new website! It’s considerably different to our previous one and we hope you find it useful and user friendly. Plus there’s a truckload of new features. We'll highlight some of those said new features in this newsletter, but other we'll leave for you to browse. Let’s get started.

Acknowledgement of Country

The work of Subbed In takes place on the stolen land of First Nations People - the Cadigal Wangal people of the Eora Nation and the Bediagal people of the Dharug nation are the custodians of the land. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge this land was never ceded, sold, or given up. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Submissions are now open for the 2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize

After the success of last year’s publications, we’re casting our annual manuscript callout Australia-wide. Submissions are open from now until April 20. It is free to submit but we are only accepting submissions via Submittable this year. Check out our full submissions guidelines and FAQ here.

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IBIS HOUSE: a new literarararararararararararary journal opens its doors

We’ve just launched our online magazine imprint, IBIS HOUSE: a literararararararararararararararary journal.

What’s a literararararararararararararararary journal? We’re not exactly sure … yet. But we do know what we want to publish and how we want to publish it. One of the coolest things about Ibis House is not only do we pay contributors, we also offer readers the opportunity to ‘tip’ authors after reading their work. Anywhomst, you can submit to Ibis House here (we're accepting submissions worldwide) and read the latest pieces over at Ibis House here. Enjoy and don’t forget to tip the author 😎

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We're launching three digital books in February

We’re launching three digital books into cyberspace! Come join us on the information superhighway as Aisyah Shah Idil (author, The Naming),Allison Gallagher (author, Parenthetical Bodies), and Emily Crocker(author, Girls and Buoyant) read from their respective books of poetry as their eBooks are uploaded to the mainframe.

The reading will be happening in real time on Subbed In’s YouTube channel from 8pm on Monday 5th February so stay tuned for the link. If facebook is your thing, you can find the event here.

The books will be available across all digital devices from February 5th at the Subbed In shop, iTunes, Amazon, and Tomely.

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In the house

A roundup of pieces recently published by Ibis House.

Dog Hair 🐾

by Victoria Manifold

Fiction ∙ "How do you even begin to explain the concept of matrimony to a dog? The answer is you can’t."

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Interview: Aisyah Shah Idil

We talk to writer Aisyah Shah Idil about poetry and, umm, what fruit the core of the Earth would be if it had to be a fruit.

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RE: The Apocalypse

by Kenji Khozoei

Essay/Poetry ∙ "An uncovering or unveiling?"

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Submit to Ibis House

Publishing on a rolling basis, Ibis House pays contributors and offers readers the opportunity to 'tip' authors. 

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Introducing Subbed In TV 📺

Our video series is continuing as 'Subbed In TV' with readings from Elena GomezAllison Gallagher, and Kenji Khozoei. Tune into Subbed in TV at the Subbed In website (we've got it set up in ~lounge~ mode) or subscribe to our YouTube channel. We'll be uploading new videos every week.

From the Subbed In blog

Some featured pieces up at the Subbed In blog.

Attn: Settlers. Put your money where your mouth is

If you are the beneficiary of colonial-settler privilege there is no excuse for not working on abolishing white supremacy every single day. Here is a list of some places, people, and organisations you can support.

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Thank you, Doonside

Huge thanks to Joel Hernandez & everyone involved in January 20's event in Doonside 💗 It was such a lovely time. Here's a few pictures from the day/night.

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About the ibis

Caught in the violent argot of late capitalism’s contemptuous ire, the ibis is often labelled a “nuisance”; a trash-eating pest with little “usefulness” in today’s ongoing capitalist-colonial project called “Australia”.

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We have some very big news coming very soon ... *extremely hushed whisper cough* We may or may not be publishing a full length book by ~???~ 😋

Save the date: Subbed In is turning 3 🎉

March will mark our third birthday! As we enter our fourth year of existence, come join us for a celebration, Subbed In-style. We’re currently piping the event together but it’ll be happening on Saturday 24th March at 7pm. Lineup and venue details will be announced soon. It’s going to be a slightly bigger event than our usual fare and we can’t wait!

Support Subbed In

Subbed In does not currently receive any kind of government or private funding. 100% of all crowd-sourced donations go toward enhancing Subbed In's program of publishing, events, and supporting emerging and underrepresented writers. We wouldn't exist without support from the community.

NB: If you donate $50+ we will acknowledge your contribution in the liner of any books we publish in 2018 (with your permission).

Thank you for your support, it means so much 💗 

Books we enjoyed this month

  • Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

  • Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

  • A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton. Available here.

  • Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis

  • The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan

  • Hot Chicks with Big Brains, Issue #4. Available here.

  • She Woke & Rose by Autumn Royal. Available here.

  • Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby by Donald Barthelme

  • Pencilled In: Issue 2: The Suburbs. Available here.

Australian Poetry & Cordite review Subbed In Chapbooks

"Thinking and feeling through the work of Aisyah Shah Idil, Allison Gallagher and Emily Crocker at this particular moment of time, has opened space; activating language, words, grammar, paper and energy with their truths and generosity ..." - Frankie Hanman Siegersma, Australian Poetry

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"The Naming by Aisyah Shah Idil, Parenthetical Bodies by Allison Gallagher and Girls and Buoyant by Emily Crocker, all present a poetics of identity through the scope of the modern world they have evolved and exist within ..." - David Dick, Cordite Poetry Review

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Talking Shop


Print stocks of Parenthetical BodiesGirls and Buoyant, and The Naming are limited. 
Get in quick before they're gone.

Callout for performers

As always, if you're interested in performing at a future Subbed In event please get in touch! We strongly encourage first time readers, young and emerging artists, and underrepresented voices. We can also offer support if you're a little bit nervous or unsure how a reading works. Chuck as an email at or complete this quick online form to express your interest.


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