Visible Ink Presents Carnival of Literature

Visible Ink Carnival of Literature

Visible Ink Anthology are hosting a night of fun for the Melbourne Literary industry. We would love it if you came along. Details as follows:

Visible Ink presents Carnival of Literature

Come one, come all!
Smell the fairy floss in the air. The Carnival is here!
Give yourself time to unwind from the proofs and track changes of your days. Come to Visible Ink’s first Carnival of Literature! Look into your literary future with our clairvoyant. Enter our confession booth and whisper your writing and editing sins. Play your hand at the spinning wheel to win if you dare. Ply yourself with a beverage and get ready, because what’s a carnival without carnival games?

Date: 7th September
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Emily McPherson Building, 405 Russell St (corner of Victoria st), level 3, room 007.
Cost: $5, drink included if you prebook online

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Another Vis Ink Event

Do you want to know more about the publishing industry and learn how to get your submissions noticed? Of course you do.

Visible Ink are hosting The Inside Word with the all great and knowledgable Jacinta Di Mase this Saturday. Repeat: this Saturday 16th of July 11am – 2pm.  Continue reading


The Midnight Feast by Irene Buckler

“You want a fairy tale?” she snarls through their locked bedroom door. “Here you go. Once upon a time, they lived happily ever after. Now, shut up and go to sleep – or else.”

Of course, we know much better than to ask our stepmother for anything, let alone for a bedtime story. We want our Papa, but he is safely out of earshot and she silences us in her usual spiteful way. “Or else” means we will get no breakfast and because we’ve had no lunch or dinner, either, the very mention of food sets our empty stomachs rumbling.

From our darkened bedroom, we can hear our stepmother cooing in Papa’s ear and the smell of the delicious supper they’re sharing drives us mad with longing. Afterwards they drink too much wine and as they laugh themselves silly, our resolve hardens. By the time their slack-jawed snores signal they are in bed, we are decided. We climb out of our bedroom window and in through theirs.

Every wicked stepmother deserves wicked stepchildren and it is a simple matter to smother one drunkard with her pillow while the other sleeps on beside her, undisturbed.

Papa will mourn our stepmother for a short time, but he is fickle and she will be quickly replaced. As we tuck in to our midnight feast, we wonder whether we will like the next one any better.

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Flash Fiction: The Memory Tree by Kate Murdoch

When the truck rolled into the drive, there was nowhere to go. I remained still and steadfast, as I had done for one hundred years. I had witnessed many things.

From the time I was a vigorous sapling, the world around me had provided entertainment. Lovers scaled my branches and sat entwined in the flat heart of me, their love so all-encompassing and fevered they did not feel the roughness of my bark.

Children hid behind the screen of my leaves and wrote in their diaries, or simply dreamt. I heard their thoughts tumble in circles, flurries of dust and particles of light. My presence soothed them. After a time they climbed down, their minds still.

A young man visited once, with a length of rope. I showed him the sunset and cocooned him with my essence. He did not jump.

The men encircled me, the roar of their chainsaws made my branches quiver. I held onto my memories as the first blade ricocheted then gouged my trunk. The sap bled and I stared at my last sunset, the mauve and coral streaks outlined with bright gold. The sun vanished beneath the horizon as I fell.

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Flash Fiction Fridays

Last weekend was a big one for Visible Ink, with so many plans coming to fruition. There was our spoken word event – which was a big success and a well of inspiration – as well as the launch of Petrichor on eBook. There was one other big announcement that needs repeating, and that’s the launch of Visible Ink’s online flash fiction section!

Every Friday will now be #FlashFictionFriday in which a flash fiction submission that we’ve received will be posted up on our site for the whole world to see! It’s a great opportunity to add Visible Ink as somewhere that you’ve been published, for bragging rights or otherwise. Anyone can submit, free of charge, and there is no theme to be tied down to, so go crazy!

…actually, don’t go too crazy as we only accept submissions of 250 words or less.

Submit your flash fiction to

We can’t wait to see what you have to share with us here at Visible Ink!

  Treasurer, Editorial Manager

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Pizza & Poets & Publications

A Saturday afternoon seems like a strange time for poets to come out and speak, but the Visible Ink team’s fears were assuaged by the great turnout for our spoken word event, Visible Ink presents ‘The Spoken Word’—obviously we’re a very creative bunch when it comes to naming. Continue reading

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Poets Night

Spoken word. Poetry slam. Open mic.

We’re throwing an event for the lovers of the ancient-cum-hip oral art. Words written for performing aloud, tantalising the ear and moving us in the moment.

We’ll have two featured poets, but for those keen to take the floor we have twelve slots for the open mic with registrations at the door.

3 – 6pm Saturday – May 28th

Compass Pizza – 319 Lygon St, Brunswick East

This is a great opportunity to get out in the community and meet likeminded folks and to listen to new and old performers alike.

All are welcome.

Please be aware that there is a $5 door charge for this event. 

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VI Launch Recap

Our first Visible Ink event for 2016 was a raging success last Thursday at the Queensberry Hotel. Our intention was to launch the opening of submissions for this year’s Pushing Boundaries edition, to mingle with fellow writers and visual artists and, for the students amongst us, to get to know each other outside of the classroom. A highlight of the night was to hear from former PWE students whose careers in the industry could artfully guide us in the right direction.   Continue reading


What makes a good submission?

For those intending to submit to Visible Ink, other writing competitions or even to the big publishing houses, you may be wondering why some pieces are accepted and others rejected. Many writers know the pain of receiving a rejection without feedback and want to know why, especially when they’ve only ever received good reviews for their piece previously. So in our eyes this is what makes a good submission:  Continue reading

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It’s all happening tomorrow!

It’s been a big week for VI and it’s not over yet. Tomorrow our submissions open for the 2016 edition of Visible Ink and we’ve broadened our content to include interviews submissions and plenty more. There’s not much that we won’t accept in our Pushing Boundaries edition.

To celebrate our submissions opening we’re getting together at the Queensberry Hotel on Swanston St in the evening – 6pm, Thursday 28th of April. Continue reading