We are seeking submissions of original writing from young people aged 15-25 to be published in the anthology

ash dust air

Closing date extended to 10 Sept!


We are interested in finding out how young people are responding to these ‘unprecedented’ times.

Regional NSW is still in drought, devastated from the summer bushfires and now dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

What is making you laugh? What’s making you cry? What’s keeping you grounded in all of this chaos and change? What’s keeping you hopeful? What’s keeping you going? What future do you imagine?

Can you conjure a little bit of truth and beauty out of all this ash, dust and air?

The anthology will be edited and curated by award-winning Wagga based Young Adult fiction writer Gabrielle Tozer.

Who can submit:

Any young person aged 15-25 who lives in one of the following areas:

Eastern Riverina Arts

Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Lockhart , Snowy Valleys, Temora, Wagga Wagga City

Murray Arts

AlburyCity, Federation, Greater Hume

Southern Tableland Arts

Goulburn Mulwaree, Hilltops, Upper Lachlan, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Yass Valley

South East Arts
Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Snowy Monaro

South West Arts
Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Hay , Edward River, Murray River

Western Riverina Arts
Griffith City, Leeton, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera

What to submit:

We want your original writing. It might be a short story, an essay, an open letter to the Prime Minister, a poem, a song lyric, a rant, some writing you published on Instagram, a text exchange between you and a friend, a comic, a cartoon, your best tweet ever, a handwritten note to your mum, a page torn out of your diary. It is up to you.


Submissions will be collected online via the link on this page. You can submit your writing in two ways.
1. type it into a word document.
2. if it has a graphic element or is handwritten it can be submitted as a pdf.


– Maximum word limit of any writing is 800 words
– Anything submitted as pdf is limited to 2 pages. Pages should be no bigger than 20cm x 13cm with at least 2 cm of clear space from the edge. Your page should be in portrait orientation and provided at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
– all submissions must be black & white.
– submissions that are mostly graphic without text will not be considered for publication.

What happens after you submit:

– A panel will select up to 40 submissions for publication.
– you will be notified whether or not your work will be included. unfortunately we will be unable to provide any feedback on the selection process.
– successful submissions will receive a $50 book voucher and a copy of the publication.

About the project:

Ash Dust Air is an initiative of Regional Arts NSW in collaboration with Eastern Riverina Arts and Booranga Writer’s Centre. The project is made possible with funding from the NSW Government.

Image: Ella Murphy, Fire’s Edge 2017, digital photograph