Do you have a story to tell? If you’re a Pacific person, by ethnicity or nationality, and would like to share your story, you’ve come to the right place. Please note that Talanoa is an independent platform which receives no funding from advertisers or other supporters. While we’re unable to pay for submissions, this means our storytellers are free to express themselves with no specific angle, other than the fact that it’s a story by a Pacific person, told in their own voice, on their own terms. You can talk about a project your working on, your personal story, or even the story of your community. This platform exists because of Pacific people, for Pacific people, by Pacific people.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

Please submit all works to Emele at hello@talanoa.com.au

Written stories & Poetry

  • The body of your email must contain a brief overview of your story and a short storytellers bio
  • Words must be formatted and attached to your email via a Microsoft Word Document
  • Maximum of 1,500 words for written stories and 800 words for poetry
  • Accompanied by high resolution images with photographer’s permission and credit (2 – 6 images for written stories or 1 – 2 images for poetry).

Video

  • The body of your email must contain a brief overview of your story and a short bio
  • Send your video either as an attachment or a via a downloadable link
  • Accompanied by 2-4 high resolution images with photographer’s permission and credit
  • To give us a sense of your visual style, please include examples of previous work as attached documents or a link to your website/blog/social media

Photography 

  • The body of your email must contain a brief overview of your story, a short bio and details of the shoot – including the theme and what you are conveying.
  • If you are submitting as a model and the photos have been taken by someone else, it must be with permission, providing their credits
  • Please send no more than five images.
  • To give us a sense of your visual style, please include examples of previous work as attached documents or a link to your website/blog/social media

Face-to-face storytelling

  • Please send me an email with a brief overview of your story
  • I am based in Sydney but travel frequently – otherwise we can always try the next best thing, Skype!

Visual Art & Illustrations

  • The body of your email must contain a brief overview of your story and a short storytellers bio
  • Please send no more than three artworks.
  • To give us a sense of your visual style, please include examples of previous work as attached documents or a link to your website/blog/social media

If you’d like to express your story in a way that’s not mentioned above, please me an email anyway, via hello@talanoa.com.au. Please note that I do my best to respond to all submissions, however it may take some time, if your submission is successful. If you’re thinking of making a submission, thank you in advance, and I look forward to hearing from you!