Signs of life is an upcoming literary anthology themed around first- and second-hand experiences of illness and care-giving.

How do experiences of sickness or incapacitation change our bodies, who we are, and how we see the world? And how do they affect the people around us?

Writers are asked to write from the point of view of the patient, care-giver (professional or otherwise) or kin. The illness depicted may be acute or chronic, life-threatening or relatively minor. We are anticipating stories that interrogate the difficulty and challenges of not being well but also those of connection, change, humour and growth.

Or show us a different side that we may not have considered.

We are looking for diverse stories that reflect the world we live in and encourage emerging writers and writers from underrepresented groups to submit. We anticipate the final anthology will comprise of selected works and commissioned pieces.

We are currently closed to submissions of fiction and creative non-fiction/auto-fiction pieces. Submissions closed 31st of December 2019. Authors of selected works will be notified by February 2020 and paid $AUD100 per accepted piece.

For more details head to our Submissions page.




About the Editor

Sarah Sasson is an Australian physician-writer with degrees in English Literature and Medicine. In Australia, the UK and USA her poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Meanjin, Oxford Writers’ House, Medium, Intersection Stories, Grieve Anthology, Unsweetened, Translating Pain and Orris Root. Sarah is collating and editing Signs of Life as an independent project.

Artwork © Melanie van Kessel 2018
commissioned for Signs of Life Anthology