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Jacaranda is an annual academic and creative writing journal run by the Humanities Undergraduate Student Society at the University of Queensland. It seeks to showcase the best and brightest undergraduate talent in the humanities and social science by providing students with an opportunity to be published and involve themselves in the journal’s production.

In 2018, Jacaranda is growing bigger and better. We’re not just here to publish those heavy academic essays you wrote for class. We want to cultivate a community of students who are passionate about writing, whether it’s creative story telling, poetry, or carefully constructed essays about our favourite humanities topics, we want to read it all!

That’s why we’re introducing three whole new publications: Jacaranda’s Best Short Stories, Jacaranda’s Best Poems, and Jacaranda’s Best Non-Fiction. And, best of all, when you submit to be a part of these publications you go in the running to be a part of HUSS’ premier annual Jacaranda journal.

The HUSS Editorial team will also run a series of helpful writing workshops for all HUSS members to come along and hone their craft before submitting. So make sure you become a member, get involved and keep an eye on this space for all Jacaranda related news. If you have any questions about how you can get involved with Jacaranda or see your work in print, then don’t hesitate to contact us via our Jacaranda Facebook page or uqhuss@gmail.com

Submission Guidelines


On top of interesting essays, articles, and opinion pieces, we publish short stories, poetry, photography, art pieces, musical notation, political commentary, reviews and more avant-garde submissions.

Jacaranda is a Humanities Journal. Therefore, any submissions should engage with ideas, people, events and topics under that broad umbrella, and do so in such a way that can excite, delight, and pique the interest of fellow humanities students and the broader public. We will avoid works of an overly scientific, jargon heavy or specialised nature. We will not publish personal attacks or defamatory or libellous material.

Can I submit university assignments? Yes. You can submit any assignments or essays you have previously submitted for assessment. 

Can I submit work previously published elsewhere? No. To avoid contravening other publications’ copyrights and to ensure we showcase original work, we cannot allow republication.   


  • Style and Referencing Guide is Chicago, which can be found via the library:  (https://web.library.uq.edu.au/files/26547/chicago16A-style-guide.pdf). We know that not every discipline or subject at UQ uses Chicago, but we aim for consistency so please adapt your work to this style and referencing structure. All material must be clearly referenced.

  • Please upload your material in a .docx format for all written submissions. For art or photographic submissions .jpeg is preferred.

  • Academic submissions should be no longer than seven pages in length.

  • Short Story and Creative Non-fiction should be 750-2500 words in length.

  • Individual poems should not exceed 75 lines in length

Selection and Prizes

Selection Process + Prizes

With the introduction of three new chapbooks, the submission process at Jacaranda will work a little differently in 2018.

In order for your poetry, short fiction, or creative non-fiction to be considered for the annual end of year Jacaranda journal your work must first be submitted for and accepted for inclusion in HUSS’ earlier chapbook publications.

Submission links for these chapbooks can be found by navigating from the Publications menu at the top of the page. Please note that the chapbooks are the only avenue for the publication of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction with Jacaranda. The best of these submissions will then be selected by our specialist guest editors to go on and be included final Jacaranda journal.

There is no separate chapbook for academic essays. These should be submitted directly to the link provided below and will be considered immediately for inclusion in the final journal.

The editorial team will select work for inclusion in the journal based on the following criteria:

  • Engaging, innovative, and astute content;

  • Quality of writing style in respect to the chosen genre;

  • A professional standard of spelling, grammar and style;

  • Respect for and accurate following of submission requirements, and

  • Its contribution to, and position within, the journal as a whole.  

If your work is chosen for publication (either in the print Jacaranda or the blog) the editorial team can make edits to your work; however, substantial edits can only be made in consultation with you (please refer to the submission agreement on the submission form).

On the night of our final journal launch we will also award prizes for the best work in each of the journal’s genre categories. These prizes are awarded in consultation with a team of academics.

Any further questions can be addressed to uqhuss@gmail.com