What We Look For
We are storytellers here at ScratchThat, so every form and genre can be accepted, no matter how experimental it may be. We publish fiction, non-fiction, memoir, essays, commentary, interviews, reviews, poetry, visual art, photography, and music from Australian emerging creatives. Our contributors have their own voices, and we encourage them to speak their minds. We’re looking for whip-smart observations and narratives that are unflinchingly honest about the world we live in. Give us your striking imagery, blur the lines between forms and conventions. We want to captivate our readers, keep them entertained.
We pride ourselves on our upbeat, personal, inclusive, accessible approach. We value the power of diversity and wish to give space to underrepresented voices, including those who are diverse in race, gender, class, gender sexual orientation, ability, religion, and other minorities. We also encourage writers, artists, musicians at all levels of experience to submit – if you think of yourself more as a dabbler, dipping your toes into each creative discipline, we want you!
The best way to get a sense of the kinds of work we publish is to read ScratchThat! You can view our past issues here or check out our weekly content here. Familiarise yourself with our tone and style, and read our guidelines below.
We’re always on the lookout for writing in all forms, but we’re especially keen for more non-fiction submissions, whether that be memoir, personal essays, interviews, reviews, and everything in-between. If you like to experiment with stylistic choices and blend non-fiction with fiction or poetry, we want it! We foster dialogue and conversation around diverse cultural issues and stories of Australian interest, online and in limited print. So, have a think about what is topical now, write it up or pitch us your idea. Remember, news from every channel is topical (even TikTok!) if you give it a personal twist.
Art and photography
As our written content grows, so does our increased need for artists. We welcome art and photography of all mediums. So please, feel free to submit your work in our freelance link or let us know if you’re a shoulder we can lean on!
In 2022, ScratchThat wished to combine all creative industries from the Brisbane creative scene – including music. Musical talent of all genres is welcome, including (but not limited to) rock, pop, indie, classical, lyrical, jazz, and more.