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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... 2021 Breaking Borders : Launching a Regional Literary Journal in Times of Arts Funding Uncertainty
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'A new literary journal of the Northern Territory, Borderlands, launched an online pilot edition in 2019 and an online print edition in 2020. The publication comes twenty years after its predecessor, Northern Perspectives, ceased publishing due to losing its Australia Council funding and support from Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University). As the editors of the journal, in this article we analyse how we funded and published the journal’s pilot editions against the backdrop of precarious arts funding and a ravaged arts sector, due in part to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide a cost breakdown of publishing the journal and analyse our approach and processes in order to offer some insight and transparency to stakeholders, patrons and others contemplating literary journal publishing. Despite the challenging landscape of arts funding in Australia, ultimately the benefits of pursuing literary publishing in the regions to foster regional writing as part of Australian literature are worth the obstacles encountered on the path to publication. Our research suggests there are four key pillars integral to a journal’s success and sustainability in an underfunded sector: a flexible approach, community support and engagement, early stakeholder consultation, and transparency surrounding the costs of literary journal publishing.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs vol. 25 no. 2 2021 23405912 2021 periodical issue 'It is clear to Australian academics that the current government does not value education, nor does it demonstrate the national valuing of the arts that existed 25 years ago.' (Editorial introduction)

    'For some years, the regular edition editors at TEXT have followed a labour- intensive procedure in handling submissions and the peer review process, with all correspondence going through the central TEXT email address. We would like to improve our ability to track articles in the system, and also allow our authors and peer reviewers to check easily what stage an article is up to, what is required of them, and by when.' TEXT in the Future : introduction

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