Asian Australian artists are underrepresented in the Australian arts industry, and have been for a considerable amount of time. Young artists, especially, are feeling the pinch more than ever, and opportunities can be difficult to come by. Many young Asian Australians are discouraged from entering the arts industry by their parents or other family members – and instead, embark on careers in other areas. Even so, we all have that drawing hidden away in a sketchbook, an outline of a story lurking in the back of our heads, or an unfinished poem we never got the chance to revisit. Bits and pieces of art that are eternally pencilled in.

Pencilled In, then, seeks to highlight and showcase art by young Asian Australians. It is a chance for emerging artists to have their work published, and hopes to provide a platform for such artists to forge meaningful relationships. We are looking for fiction (both flash fiction and longer forms), non-fiction, poetry, graphic art, and illustration.

We are hoping to have print and digital versions for purchase – all proceeds will go towards paying artists. We will also reassess payment amounts as readership and orders increase.

The Team

Founder & Editor-in-Chief: Yen-Rong Wong

Yen-Rong is a writer from Brisbane, Australia. She has set aside the dream of finishing a novel for now, deciding to focus on memoir, creative non-fiction, and flash fiction instead. She can often be heard chastising her cat, Autumn, drinking too much tea, or admiring fountain pens she cannot afford. Her work has been published in Catalogue MagazineBrain Mill PressHomer, and Rambutan Literary. You can find her on Twitter @inexorablist, or at her website, http://inexorablist.com.

Art Director: Rachel Ang

Rachel is an illustration and comics artist from Melbourne, Australia. She studied Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, and Architecture at RMIT. Her work has been published in The Lifted Brow, The Suburban Review, Ladies of Leisure, Ramona Magazine, early harvest (AUS), Hoax Zine and Studio Potter (US). She is also passionate about small-press media and makes her own zines. You can find some of her work on her website, http://drawbyfour.com/.

Pencilled In is proudly supported by

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The Queensland Writers Centre is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports, celebrates and showcases Queensland writers and writing in all its forms. We strive to promote a vibrant and diverse writing community across Queensland, by supporting every member with opportunities to write, publish and create. Youth membership is only $55 a year and includes all the benefits of Express Media membership as well – check it out at https://qldwriters.org.au.