Polari Journal is compiled by a professional editorial collective and is peer reviewed.

The Polari Editorial Collective (PEC) is made up of scholars from the discipline of Creative Writing (university academics) and published writers.

For each issue the PEC will invite one or more writers to contribute material for publication in the journal's Showcase section. These 'commissioned' works will be the writing of nationally or internationally recognised writers or scholars. These works will nevertheless undergo a rigorous selection and editorial process. On rare occassions, the PEC may invite emerging writers, who show significant promise, to contribute work for publication in the Showcase section.

Apart from the Showcase section, all submissions are first assessed by the PEC and then submitted to peer review. All submissions are 'double blind reviewed' and assessed by experts in the appropriate genres/forms. Experts are scholars in the field of Creative Writing or published writers (or both). In Polari's double-blind review system, writers are required to remove from their work any indication that might identify them as the creators of any work being reviewed. The anonymity of reviewers is also preserved. Authors/contributors and reviewers' identities will not be disclosed to either party. Furthermore, the review is undertaken using standard criteria, removing the main problems sometimes associated with peer review (conflict of interest, bias, professional or creative jealousy etc).

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be a member of the Editorial Collective or a peer-reviewer please do so by email (go to the Conatct US page).

If you would like to submit writing to Polari go to the Submissions Guide page.


Note on Editors and Peer Reviwers Submitting Work

As the emerging field of Queer Writing is somewhat small, it would be unproductive to exclude the journal's editors and peer reviwers from submitting their own creative and/or scholarly work. Therefore, Polari Journal actively encourages its peer reviewers and editors to submit work. Editors and peer reviewers' work will undergo vigorous double blind peer review like any other submission.


Special Conditions for Australian Writer/Scholars

As of January 1st 2011, in accordance with the Australian Research Counicil's Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) requirements for creative works being recognised as "non-traditional research outputs", all creative works by Australian university-based writer/scholars accepted for publication in Polari Journal must be accompanied by a research statement. The editor will request this statement on notification of Polari Journal's intention to publish. Non-Australian writer/scholars may also submit a research statement if they wish.

The research statement must focus on the creative work's research component. The research statement must clearly identify the research component or contribution to knowledge of the creative output. The statement must be around 250 words (2000 characters) and address the following categories:

Research background

This is not a description of the research output itself but of the scholarly or theoretical context in which it sits. In this section, describe the research field or discipline, the gap in knowledge the creative work explores and the research question or hypothesis of the creative work.

Research contribution

In this section, describe what is new or innovative about the creative output and its specific contribution to research and knowledge. This section must focus on the creative work's research component exclusively, including methodologies and understandings the work articulates.

Research significance

In this section, describe why the work is important. How has it contributed to ideas and/or creative or scholarly practices? Give evidence of academic/research significance, e.g. peer recognition (publication in Polari Journal can be mentioned here). Mention funding or awards received by the writer/scholar in relation to the work and and any published reviews of the creative work.


Editorial Collective/Peer Reviewers


In Alphabetical Order:


Jonathan Alexander - Writer/Scholar, University of California (Irvine)

D. J.  Baker - Managing Editor (Polari Journal)

Pam Brown - Poet/Associate Editor of Jacket Magazine.

Staceyann Chin - Poet/Writer/Performance Artist, New York. 

Sharon Dunne - Poet/Editor, Brisbane Australia.

Martin Galafassi - Editorial Assistant (Polari Journal), Bellingen, Australia.

Michelle Gibson - Writer/Scholar, University of Cincinnati

Jeremy Fisher - Writer/Scholar, University of New England

Janie Conway-Herron - Writer/Scholar, Southern Cross University.

Jill Jones – Poet/Scholar, University of Adelaide.

Jonathan Kemp  - Writer/Scholar, Birkbeck University of London

Victor Marsh - Scholar, University of Queensland

T. Cole Rachel - Poet/Editor, New York USA.

Elizabeth Stephens - Scholar, University of Queensland

Jesse James Stommel - Scholar/writer, University of Colorado (Boulder)

Jay Daniel Thompson - Scholar/Literary Critic, La Trobe University (Melbourne)


Cole Porter 


Polari Journal's Peer Review Guidelines 

The journal's peer review guidelines are available for download here:

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