Submission guidelines 

Contribute to Independent Australia

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Would you like to contribute to Independent Australia? 

*STOP PRESS!*

Independent Australia is proud to announce a competition to showcase some of our most talented writers, with some terrific prizes up for grabs!

 
MOST COMPELLING ARTICLE CATEGORY

We now invite submissions for the Most Compelling Article. This is open to non-fiction articles from the general public, which we have not solicited.

 

This section will be judged by internationally renowned and multi-award-winning journalist Australian, John Pilger.

 
MOST ENTHRALLING FICTION WORK CATEGORY

We also invite writers of fiction and poetry to send us an enthralling short story or poem, featuring a current affairs or social element.

 

This category will be judged by Australian theatre and film producer and former Sydney Writers' Festival CEO and director of Adelaide Writers' Week, Jo Dyer.

 

Shortlisted entries for each category will attract a $100 monthly prize, a 12-month subscription to IA, plus publication on the Independent Australia website.

 

The overall winner in both categories will each receive a $500 prize and publication in the special edition of the Independent Australia magazine, due in October.

 

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

  • All entries must be submitted in word or PDF format.
  • Entries in both categories must not exceed 2500 words.
  • All entries must be accompanied with author's brief bio and profile photo, email address and contact phone number.
  • Entries must be original.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
  • Entries that have been previously published elsewhere will not be accepted.
  • Articles commissioned by Iare ineligible.
  • Previous contributors to IA are free to enter.
  • IA columnists are ineligible.
  • Non-fiction articles may be edited at our discretion.
  • Closing date for entries is 18 August 2023.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • Please send submissions to: submissions@independentaustralia.net.

PLEASE NOTE: Independent Australia reserves the right to publish entries at its discretion. 

 

Independent Australia is one of Australia's most popular news websites, with thousands of people reading IA stories every day.

Our stories come from our talented editorial team and regular columnists, as well as from a host of contributors from Australia and around the world.

*Contributing is easy. Read the guidelines below and simply email your article to submissions@independentaustralia.net

*Submissions received between 30 May and 18 August 2023 may be eligible for our writing competition above.

Submission checklist (see detailed checklist below)

  • Is your topic suited to IA?
  • Is your submission in word, or word-compatible format?
  • Is the word count between 700-1200 words?
  • Remember to check spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Remember to include hyperlinks to all claims and names.
  • Does your article comply with the MEAA Code of Ethics?
  • Have you attributed sources for any images?
  • Add a title, summary and keywords.
  • Has your submission been published elsewhere?
  • Don't forget to include a short bio and photo of yourself.

Code of Ethics

Independent Australia complies with the MEAA’s Code of Ethics. We recommend you familiarise yourself with it before submitting your piece. We also have reference to the ACMA Code of Conduct.

IA is also a member of the Australian Press Council, which enforces ethics and standards in Australia's print media.

Independent Australia has a rigorous feedback and complaints policy so please ensure all submissions are factually accurate and checked thoroughly.

Please also ensure you inform IA editorial staff if you have a conflict of interest pertaining to any article you submit. 

Topics

We publish on every topic and all our stories have an underlying thread — a desire to right wrongs and injustices, and to make the world a better place.

Our main editorial focus is on federal politics, democracy, the environment, human rights, Australian identity, Indigenous issues, economics, finance, health, law and the justice system.

Pique our interest with original content or a fresh slant on a current issue. Look for issues the mainstream media isn’t reporting, or take a different angle than the mainstream media. We are looking for new ideas, not the same old spin.

Please note
  • We do not accept unpaid native advertising dressed up as news. 

Style Guide

Submissions should be sent in Word or Word-compatible file format. Please do not use a PDF file due to formatting problems. 

Your pieces will be looked on much more favourably if they conform to IA's style. You can find the latest version of the Independent Australia style guide HERE

Length

IAs preferred article length is between 700 and 1,200 words — with 700 being more preferred than 1,200. The minimum length we will accept is 350 words.

In very exceptional circumstances, we will consider longer articles but this is rare and usually relates to investigative pieces.

Try to keep your sentences short and choose shorter words. If you’re unsure, run your article through a readability index tool (like this one).

Please note: 
  • If articles over 1,200 words are accepted for publication, they may be edited at our discretion to comply with IA's requirements.

Proofreading: Spelling, grammar and punctuation

We receive a large number of submissions, so contributors who provide clean copy will not only save us time but will receive priority for publication. 

Where not covered in the IA style guide, we recommend The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.

Links

Always provide links and references (preferably to primary sources or credible institutions) to back up any claims, as well as quotes. We also appreciate it if you could link any names not easily recognised by our readers. 

IA is proud of the fact that our readers can check all claims and quotes, and satisfy themselves that our sources are credible. 

To add a hyperlink: 
  • Select the text you want to link to. If it is a quote, don't highlight the whole quote, just the vehicle for the quote, such as "report", "he/she said", "article" and so on. Copy the URL link then click "Insert", select "Hyperlink". In the "Link to" box, paste in the URL link, then click "OK".

Graphics, photos, images

Images and graphs from other news sites may violate the MEAA Code of Ethics. Please ensure you attribute the sources and licence details of any images, graphs and multimedia used.

Title, summary and keywords or tags

The provision of a title and a summary is the best way to pitch your story to us. (Note: titles and summaries supplied by you are working titles only, and will likely not be used if the piece is published.)

Please provide a list of keywords, terms, phrases, real names, places and so on. Known as "search engine optimisation" (SEO), this helps direct traffic to your article from search engines like Google.

Has your submission been published elsewhere?

Please make sure you let us know if your piece has been previously published elsewhere. Our preference is for previously unpublished work but if we choose to republish your submission, the original source must be credited.

Bio

If you are a new contributor, you will also need to contribute a short bio, written in the third person, and a profile picture.

For a list of IA contributors and their bios, click HERE.

All the best!

Michelle Pini | Managing Editor

(Updated 30 March 2023)

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