TLB Online publishes work across genres that is thoughtful, original, and cognisant of its digital form.

A strong pitch will:

  • Describe the subject/arguments/ideas behind your piece
  • Outline a rough structure of how these ideas will be explored
  • Describe the writer’s relationship to their subject/work (e.g. How are you connected, or disconnected, from the subject of this piece? How might you integrate this context into your piece?)
  • Consider how/why your piece is best suited to our website (e.g. Does it integrate multimedia elements? Is it especially topical?)
  • Include a sample of writing representative of how you hope to write this piece (Please Note: If you already have a full draft of you piece, feel free to attach it with any context on how finished you think it is/how you think it might change through the editing process)

Although we’re asking for pitches, if you have an already-completed piece, please send it through along with your submission.

We are interested in nonfiction that thoughtfully engages with contemporary living and events—work that is thought-provoking, self-critical and aware of the conversation (political and literary) that it is operating within. We are excited by work that is formally experimental, that pushes technical boundaries and that blends and/or bends genre. Please send us all your most ambitious ideas.

We want commentary pieces that use nuance to respond to contemporary events. We want pieces that speak to an international audience but retain an Australian perspective. Pieces that surprise, that blend genres and push boundaries.

We’re open to commentary forms other than written essays: photo essays, videos, comics, visual art, and anything else we haven't heard or thought of. We’re especially interested in things that could only live online.

Here are some examples of work we love:

We generally publish pieces between 1500-4000 words, though for the right piece we will happily break all our own rules.

We pay our writers. Online pieces are paid at $100 each.

We use a Squarespace-based platform which supports a wide range of HTML and CSS. If you’re thinking of doing something playful with code (which we encourage), get in touch.

For any questions about the Commentary section, please email our Online Editors.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.