Department of English, Macquarie University
This is a call-out for new works of flash fiction and flash non-fiction to a maximum of 500 words for publication in Macquarie University's Department of English journal of student creative writing, The Quarry.

Submissions Open: April 2
Submissions Close: May 15

Issue #11: Polygraph invites submissions of flash fiction and non-fiction. Easy! But there’s a catch. It won’t be clear to the readers which pieces are fiction, and which are non-fiction. And in the spirit of the polygraph and games such as 'Would I Lie to You?' readers will be encouraged to vote and comment on the veracity of each piece.

Submissions must be either works of fiction or factual works of creative nonfiction (not merely ‘inspired by true events’), yet still ambiguous enough to keep the reader guessing. We welcome all genres, from speculative works to realism, but the best will create some uncertainty as to what they are: truth, or the 'lie' of fiction.

  • Maximum words: 500
  • You can include audio and images. If embedding urls, ensure they work and will continue to be stable following publication.
  • You can submit up to three pieces of work. Each work must be submitted separately with a new Submission form. (A work which includes an image/sound track is one work.)
  • You must indicate which group your work is classified as, fiction or non-fiction.
  • Your work cannot have been previously published.
  • All work remains copyright of the author.
  • Any work considered potentially defamatory may be withheld from publication or removed from the site at the discretion of the editors.

Contributors will be contacted after the closing date of 15 May as to whether your piece has been accepted or not.

This call-out is only open to current students of creative writing in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Macquarie University, or alumni of our programs.

The editors will not provide feedback to works not accepted.

The  Editor of the Polygraph issue is Alice Maher. Alice is a writer and graduate of the Macquarie University creative writing Major and currently studying in the Master of Creative Writing.
Supervising Editor: Associate Professor Jane Messer

For any enquiries please contact Alice Maher: