UNSWeetened Literary Journal

A showcase of UNSW's creative writing.

UNSWeetened in 2019 is going for a sense of wabi-sabi - the beauty of imperfection. 

It hopes to capture the magic of a 20th century poet's old beaten and battered coat pocket note-book, mixed with a subdued, relatable modern take. Taking an approach to design that is soft, nuanced, and intimate, UNSWeetened hopes to inspire students to write without the strains of producing a perfect text. Think - coffee stains, pencil sketches, hand-sewn sweater patches, fading photographs or polaroids that fade into view, Japanese ceramics and chipped porcelain, natural imprints, marks, wears, tears, scribbles. UNSWeetened hopes to create a sense of comfort, just like the comfort found in the trusty friend that is a writer's journal. See the current mood board here

UNSWeetened's design inspiration for the time being until we build our genius team of graphic design and illustrator-whizzs! 

UNSWeetened literary journal is where UNSW’s creative writing talents are showcased at their best.

Published annually since 1998, the journal features an eclectic mix of prose and poetry derived from our university’s diverse mix of students and faculties. It’s a great way to get your work published in print as well as to have your work judged by some of the biggest names in the Sydney writing scene. Now entering its 21st year of creation, the journal has come to be regarded as one of the best student literary prizes and publications in Sydney. 


Volunteer your time and skills with UNSW's annual Literary Journal, UNSWeetened.

The journal features a wide array of student stories and poems that are put together by a wonderful team of student editors, illustrators and designers. 

Volunteering with UNSWeetened gives you the unique opportunity to sink your teeth into the production of a high quality and well regarded publication.

Volunteering with UNSWeetened is also recognised on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).


Intake | Applications now OPEN. Apply here. Applications close WK2.

Time commitment | MODERATE (2-3 hours per week)

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