The theme for issue 2 is…




Is love a tender thing? Prick your finger and feel the pulsing heat. Wrap a bandage, stroke a cheek, cook until bloodless. Ride out to sea and negotiate a price, return calloused, gentle skin stolen by time. Fragile! handle with care: flowers, flesh, foes. As tears fall and bruises purple, hope the thorns show mercy.

We cannot wait to hear your interpretations of our first theme. Be as experimental or literal as you like, the theme is there to guide not hinder. Follow whatever inspiration strikes, be it a colour or feeling or abstract philosophy.

Submissions are open to ALL forms of media and we especially encourage visual artists and non-fiction writers to submit. There is a place at Swine for all types of content, the magazine aims to reflect the scope of creative diversity at Swinburne.

Send your submissions, pitches, or ideas to

Please send in docx format.

Submissions close midnight April 16 2023

Note: For submissions longer than 1500 words send us a quick email with your pitch before submission! This helps give us an idea of where you want to go before you put in all the effort of creating a submission. Please also include any relevant content warnings for any sensitive content that your piece contains.