n-SCRIBE is an annual community magazine supported by City of Darebin that features the work of writers who live, play, work or study in the Northern suburbs. Editorial team members are volunteers from our local writing community. Copies of the magazine are published and distributed around Darebin in cafes, libraries and other community hubs. As an arts and literary journal for writers and readers in the northern suburbs, n-SCRIBE publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short story, journalism, creative non-fiction, memoir and images. n-SCRIBE aims to uncover, celebrate and stimulate writing, arts and reading culture. Published once each year, n-SCRIBE is a free publication. Writers can submit if they work, live or study in the northern suburbs. Work is selected for publication by a working group of writers/editors. We use an open blind submission process.


n-SCRIBE 11 is on the street…. and the libraries. With 37 new works spanning poetry, short story, flash fiction, word puzzles and creative non-fiction this edition is bursting at the seams. Wayne Macauley has lent his pen to the foreword and the shortlisted writers from the Darebin Mayor’s Writing Awards are also ready to be devoured. All new and unpublished, there’s something for all readers. Copies are at all Darebin libraries, its free and brought to you by Arts and Cultural Development – Creative Culture & Events. Some of the writers include PIO, Kristine Phillip, Dianne Millett, Mary Rawson, Brooke Edwards, Sofia Chapman, Mitch Welch, Carl Walsh, Ben Goldsworthy, Ron West and Ken Gardner.

For more information contact Elizabeth Welch at writingprojects@darebin.vic.gov.au.



Past issues of n-SCRIBE magazine:

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n-SCRIBE Working Group guidelines

n-SCRIBE is published annually and is a project of the Creative Culture Department – Darebin Council.

The working group for n-SCRIBE is a voluntary group of writers, editors.

Working with the Arts and Cultural Development officer, the group meets prior and during when online submissions opens for n-SCRIBE. Selection of submissions for publication is the group’s primary task, working collaboratively. Their roles are dictated by experience, available time and expertise.

The group selects submitted work for publication in categories e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry. Three group members work together on each genre. This means the group is usually nine people in total. The working group also selects readings for the launch of n-SCRIBE each year.

The group meets over approximately a three month period. Meetings are held in the evenings in the City of Darebin.

The term of working group members is three years, unless otherwise agreed by the group.

Working group members

  • Live, work, study in the City of Darebin
  • Be available for the majority of meetings
  • Be prepared to read and contribute to selections for publication
  • Be prepared to contribute to layout
  • Contribute to editing/copy editing for publication
  • Contribute to the order of works in the publication
  • Contribute to improvement of the group’s governance, scope



What do we want to see?

  • n-SCRIBE 10 accepts unpublished work only
  • We accept poetry, fiction and non-fiction
  • We accept work in 12 point, times new roman 1.5 spacing
  • Each page must be numbered
  • Each page must have the title on it
  • All submissions must be sent in .doc, .docx or .pdf format
  • Word limit 2000 words
  • Limit of two works per person
  • You must provide a submission form for each work you submit
  • Please make sure your name appears nowhere on submitted work

Only works chosen to be published will be notified.


The author retains full copyright
All written work and images must abide by copyright law
Personal information will not be will not be disclosed to any other individual or organisation unless required by law

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you accept work written in languages other than English?
Yes we will as long as it is accompanied by an English translation.

Who can I contact for further information?

Elizabeth Welch, Arts and Cultural Development Officer can be contacted by email at writingprojects@darebin.vic.gov.au.

** Submission for n-SCRIBE 11 is now closed. **

Darebin City Council
274 Gower St, Preston Victoria 3072

Phone: (03) 8470 8888
Fax: (03) 8470 8888