The Seizure Family

You've either come to this page because you an aspiring author or to investigate the authors we have had something to do with. If it's the latter, then there is an A-Z list below the text on becoming involved.


How to be a Seizure Contributor

Seizure is still a young endeavor testing new waters and creative collaborations.

We love hearing from writers and artists who want to play with us, but to make sure we are on the same page please read on.

Firstly, the tough one, we can't pay contributors yet. We are in negative territory here and we can only exist due to the kind investment of time and cashola from Xou Creative. But, our authors, illustrators and photographers are getting good exposure and many have been getting paid gigs from being seen in Seizure. We are also doing well getting international exposure through our websites and the tablet app.

Writers are put through a rigorous editorial process with a team of working editors — we even match authors to editors like a dating service — so if you're interested in developing your work it's the best place in Australia to do so. The system goes that you pitch an idea to the editorial committee and then work with them if you're accepted. The best tip we can give you is that you should check out the journal first. Seizure is NOT a straight read, it has a sense of humor, style and irony.

Photographers and artists: yes. We love working with new people, and the only caveat is that we design specifically for each piece of writing, which means the production crew don't get much time to read, brainstorm and pull a rabbit out of the hat. We work fast and loose but have a lot of fun creating unique imagery for each piece.

So, if you still want to play, email seizure at That's our everything inbox but the right person will contact you when they can. If you don't hear from us, we apologize, life can be hectic.


A–Z of authors published in Seizure


Sunil Badami — published in Food has written for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, The Australian, The Australian Literary Review, Southerly and Meanjin. His work has been published in Australia and overseas, including in The UTS Writers’ Anthology, Goldfish: The Best Writing of the Last Five Years, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.



Rufi Cole — The Violin Face | Blog supported us in our first Seizure experiment, the online serial form, with her debut novel The Violin Face. Her novel is raw, emotional and insightful.

Tanya Cooper— published in Food & Sci-Fi | Website is an illustrator living in Sydney. Her work takes everyday images and sets them loose in contexts ranging from the mundane to the bizarre. She has a love for bright colours, HB pencils, woodgrain and knitted cardigans . . . and she’s obsessed with drawing food!



Ben Jenkins — published in Food & Sci-Fi is a Sydney-based writer. He runs a monthly storytelling night and will co-direct the National Young Writers’ Festival this year.



Michael Kennedy — published in Food is a portrait and advertising photographer with a style that is simple and graphic, relying on technical excellence and thorough preparation. Recently recognized in the Hasselblad Masters as a finalist for 2010 and also in for the Sony DVD Amnesty featuring JeanClaude Van Damme.

Andy Kissane — published in Food | Website lives in Bardwell Park and writes fiction and poetry. He has published three books of poetry, Facing the Moon, Every Night They Dance, and Out to Lunch (Puncher & Wattmann, 2009). A collection of short stories, The Swarm is due out in 2011. He recently made it onto the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist.


Nick Marland — published in Food & Sci-Fi | Twitter has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Voiceworks, the UTS Writers’ Anthology and the Griffith Review. Nick was the winner of the 2006 Qantas Spirit of Youth Award.


Zoë Norton Lodge — published in Food & Sci-Fi works as a Festival Coordinator for the National Young Writers’ Festival (2011-2012), is co-founder of Bambina Borracha Productions and has appeared in numerous shows including a one woman production of Under Milkwood.


Gemma O'Brien — published in Sci-Fi is a typography enthusiast, lettering artist and illustrator from Sydney. Her work can be seen at or follow her at


Anya Poukchanski — published in Food likes to write, act and cook. She’s a former editor of Sydney Uni’s student papers Honi Soit and The Bull, has worked on the Australian International Law Journal and the Sydney Law Review. Anya performed in Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Belvoir Street Downstairs Theatre; in Persephone’s Wolf at Sydney’s CarriageWorks and the Adelaide Fringe Festival; and as part of the Brand Spanking New short play festival. Anya is [still] a student at Sydney University, studying law and Russian politics, and is working on perfecting her recipe for chocolate and raspberry mousse.


Adam Rivett — published in Food is a Melbourne-based writer.


Rosanna Beatrice Stevens — published in Food | Twitter is completing Honours in Writing and Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, the UTS Writers’ Anthology, and Affirm Press’s, Lines of Wisdom. She was the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Young Writer in Residence for 2010.

Mark Sutton — published in Food is a Sydney-based writer. His works for theatre include Strangelove: The Musical (MICF 2007), A Very Cunsut Christmas (Cellar Theatre 2007 and Newtown Theatre 2008), Queen Victoria’s Secret Catalogue (MICF 2009) and The Day Before The Day After Tomorrow (Semi-Pro Radioplays Competition Winner 2009). He also compiles crosswords for various Australian magazines.


Sam Twyford-Moore — published in Food | Twitter is the editor of Cutwater. His writing has appeared in Meanjin and other journals and anthologies. His short story ‘Library of Violence’ was featured in Overland magazine in their young writers fiction special. ‘Horse Meat’ is an extract from an attempted longer work of ‘semi-fiction’.  


Matthew Venables published in Food & Sci-Fi is a Sydney-based lensman, video grapher and director of 107 Projects, whose endless patience and eye-for-detail created the majority of the photography for this issue. www.mvenables.comMatt is largely responsible for the glorious Food cover shot.