The Unravel is looking for short essays and non-fiction between 2000 and 4000 words. Although based in Australia, we’re open to submissions in English from anywhere in the world. In addition we’d love to showcase high quality photo essays – whether it be street photography, landscape or portraiture.

In terms of articles we’re open to a wide range of subject matter as long as you provide some context and history. Owing to our ad-hoc publishing schedule we’re more interested in long-term trends than breaking news and we love deep dives into obscure topics.

For the time being The Unravel pays A$40 per article with a boost planned depending on how we go with our Patreon goals. We buy First Electronic Publication Rights and the non-exclusive rights to include the story in a print and digital anthology. All other rights remain with the contributor.

Our response time for submissions can be up three weeks but we aim for shorter turnarounds.  We’ll get back to all unsuccessful writers with a short critique and/or a personal note.

All submissions can be sent to