StylusLit is an Australian, bi-annual online literary journal, which publishes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, novel excerpts, interviews and reviews. Issues are published in March and September.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Jagera and the Turrbal.

The StylusLit Team

Poetry Editor and publisher:

Rosanna E. Licari was the publisher and founding editor of Stylus Poetry Journal from 2002 to 2010. She was also a co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2002 to 2003. She completed her Master in Philosophy in creative writing (poetry) at the University of Queensland. Her collection, An Absence of Saints won the Thomas Shapcott Prize, the Anne Elder Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize.

In 2015, she won the inaugural Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Poetry Prize for her poem, ‘The Wait’, and the inaugural 2021 AAALS (American Association of Australian Studies) Poetry Award for her poem, “Drifters’. In 2022, she was an awardee of the QRAA Ekphrastic Challenge, “My Athenaeum”. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Australian Poetry Journal, e:ratio (USA), Island, Not Very Quiet, Quadrant, Verity La, Wild Court (UK), Shearsman (UK), and SOFTBLOW (Singapore) and Australian Prose Poetry anthology (MUP). Her new collection, Earlier, was published in January 2023 (Ginninderra Press).

WestWords’ Poets’ Corner podcast features Rosanna E. Licari reading and talking about works from her book ‘Earlier’ on the theme of ‘Nature (broadly) with a small and capital “N”’. The podcast can be viewed here: 

As well, her article ‘The Rhyme and Reason behind how to Ignite that Poetic Spark’ is In InReview (QLD and SA) :

Fiction and creative non-fiction editor:

Gershon Maller is a poet, editor of academic and literary texts, and a member of the Institute of Professional Editors. In addition to a First-Class Honours degree in Philosophy (La Trobe University), he holds an MPhil in Creative Writing, and a PhD in Literary Studies (University of Queensland). His research theses explored the works of J.L. Borges and Wallace Stevens, respectively. His doctorate was examined with distinction at U.C. Berkeley. He was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Queensland where, in addition to the Queensland University of Technology, he taught narratology. He is the author of two poetry collections and one in progress.

Reviews editor:

Dr Jane Frank lectures in creative and professional writing in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University and has research interests in poetics and cultural sociology, particularly literary culture and the ongoing significance of books in the Digital Age. Her monograph Regenerating Regional Culture: A Study of the International Book Town Movement was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. She has previous qualifications in art history and arts and cultural management. Prior to working in academia, she worked as both a government advisor and in arts administration and project roles in both Australia and the UK. She is a former Director of Regional Arts Australia.

Jane’s first full collection is Ghosts Struggle to Swim (Calanthe Press, 2023) and she is author of two previous chapbooks, Wide River (Calanthe Press, 2020) and Milky Way of Words (Ginninderra Press, 2016). Her poems have won awards and been widely published both in Australia and internationally, appearing in Australian Poetry JournalWesterly, Antipodes, The Ekphrastic Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Takahe, Meniscus and a number of anthologies including Poetry for the Planet (Litoria Press, 2021), The Incompleteness Book II (Recent Work Press, 2021), The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology (Hunter Writers Centre, 2021) and Hope: 2022 ACU Prize for Poetry Anthology (2022).


StylusLit is archived by PANDORA, National Library of Australia. See submissions for more information.

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