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Scissors Paper Pen is calling for SUBMISSIONS! Are you feeling disheartened about the state of politics in Australia? Do feel like the issues related to young people are not focused on in the media? Do you care about the rights of people who deserve a fair go? Have the cuts to the arts effected you deeply? Do you have a creative or passionate response to the upcoming federal election? Well… The Scissors Paper Pen family want to publish your thoughts! That’s right folks, we are curious to read the literary responses of Canberra’s young writers to the upcoming federal election. We are looking for poetry, fiction, memoir and opinion pieces that reflect on the theme of how the federal election relates to and effects young people.

The rolling submission will be open until July 7 for all those who are 35yrs and younger. We are aiming to publish five pieces between now and the election. We are also looking for work that matches the Scissors Paper Pen vibe so we encourage you to have a look at our website and what our Writers in Residence have previously written (if you are worried your piece might not fit with us, feel free to send us an email). As a general guideline we are looking for poems no longer than 50 lines and fiction, memoir and opinion pieces no longer than 1,500 words.

Preference will be given to unpublished writers as we see this as a great opportunity for those who are emerging in the literary world: ahhh the joy of being published!

Please send your words to: writetoscissorspaperpen@gmail.com We aren’t able to accept pitches this time round so please send us your polished sonnets and reflection pieces.

So get writing you literary types! And be brave, we welcome provocative pieces with guts!

*Note: Scissors Paper Pen is a platform that welcomes and encourages the responses and submissions of those who identify with marginalised groups.

Image from The Guardian.

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