Issue 43 of The Lifted Brow out next week!


A very exciting new issue of The Lifted Brow is out imminently. How imminently, you ask? Next Monday. Why is it exciting? There will be not one but two prize-winning pieces available to the public to read for the first time inside.

‘TRETINOIN’, the winner of The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction, by Jean Bachoura and Flatwhite Damascus will feature in Issue 43, as well as the inaugural winner of the Liminal Fiction Prize, Bad Weather’, by Bryant Apolonio.


We’ve just got the first copies back from the printers today, and Power Paola’s cover art is even more vibrant and beautiful in person. Inside the cover of Issue 43, you’ll also find:

  • Alison Whittaker and Nayuka Gorrie talk literary prizes and the responsibility of being black writers;

  • Jordy Rosenberg in conversation with Stella Maynard and Eilish Fitzpatrick about Confessions of the Fox, the history of trans surveillance, and the pleasure of being read to;

  • Ana Maria Gomides considers race, queerness, and personal histories through the careful lens of seeing and being seen;

  • Paula Abul on queer desire, race, and the joy of drag king performance;

  • Maddee Clark discusses architecture and urban spaces in the context of First Nations sovereignty;

  • memoir by Sydnye Allen about Albury–Wodonga, casual racism and our concepts of borders;

  • brand new realist fiction from Sam Pink that follows the mundane duties and acerbic conversations of a caterer at a wedding, revealing the unexpected beauty in our most trivial and consequential moments;

  • vinegary short fiction by Victoria Manifold that delights in its insalubrity;

  • arresting fiction from Aude, translated by Cristy Stiles, on the pursuit of silence;

  • new poetry from Saaro Umar, Eunice Andrada and Elyas Alavi;

  • columns: Antonia Pont’s ‘Thinking Feeling’ column about the ethics of the trigger and how to deal with triggeredness, Michael Dulaney’s ‘Environment’ column about the solidarity to be found the Whyalla steel industry and the wonders of the cuttlefish, Aimee Knight explores the traumatic heart of dark tourism in her 'Pop Culture' column, and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny’s ‘Law School’ sex+relationships advice column;

  • a special ‘By Numbers’ feature using numerical data to investigate pet ownership in Australia;

  • and new comics and visual art by Miles Howard-Wilks, Margot Ferrick, Han Teng, Antoine Orand, Matty Kaye, Thu Tran, Rebecca Scibilia, Arts Project Australia, Haein Kim, Nadia Ingrid, Casey Jarman, Ilana Bodenstein, Meg O'Shea, April Phillips, Lizzie Nagy, and Shae San Sim.

Lucky subscribers will be the first to receive their copies in the mail. As always, Issue 43 will also be available in all good bookstores from September 2nd. Or you can pre-order through us! ◆