The Borderlands Project

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Borderlands Magazine

Borderlands is a literary journal of the Northern Territory, showcasing storytelling by the Territory’s best storytellers.

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Borderlands is the Northern Territory’s first literary journal in twenty years, providing a space for professional and emerging Northern Territory writers and digital storytellers to be published and paid for their work.

Australian literature is largely created and published on the eastern seaboard or in metropolitan centres. Yet Australia is a vast, multicultural nation. In the NT, a fifth of the population were born overseas, and a quarter are Indigenous. Indigenous voices are becoming more prominent across Australia, but need the accompanying weight of those from the NT, the Australian jurisdiction with the highest percentage of Indigenous people.

The Territory’s isolation from the rest of the nation and proximity to Asia also contributes to the Territory’s unique lifestyle. These are stories that need space within Australian literature, and Borderlands provides a platform for the Territory’s unique voices.

Our inaugural online edition was published in November 2019, with a print edition to follow in May 2020. We are raising funds to continue to pay our contributors industry rates for their work.

Australian writers are often underpaid or not paid at all for their work, and so donations will be used to pay writers and editors for their contributions to the journal, providing Territory writers with a local opportunity to be paid industry rates to sustain their arts practice and contribute to the sustainability of the Northern Territory arts sector.

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Borderlands is a project to create a Northern Territory literary journal showcasing Territory storytelling by Territorians. The project is a collaboration between NT writers and literary scholars Raelke Grimmer, Glenn Morrison and Adelle Sefton-Rowston. Raelke Grimmer is a writer and linguistics/literary scholar. She is in her final year of a Creative Writing PhD at Flinders University and lectures at Charles Darwin University. Her creative work has appeared in Griffith Review, Westerly, Meniscus and Dubnium. Glenn Morrison is an award-winning author and journalist, and a researcher of NT literature and media. He is widely respected in the Territory arts sector for his work in the creative writing, cross-cultural and creative non-fiction spaces, and the author of Songlines and Fault Lines (2017) and Writing Home: Walking, Literature and Belonging in Australia’s Red Centre (MUP Academic, 2017). Adelle Sefton-Rowston is a writer, literary scholar and critic, and has a PhD in Literary Studies. She is President of the NT Writers’ Centre, and three times consecutive winner of the NT Literary Awards Essay prize. Adelle’s forthcoming book explores Australian literature and paradigms of reconciliation. She lectures at Charles Darwin University.