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From The Editor

Welcome to Issue No.4 of Flunk Magazine! We have been waiting to share this incredibly special issue with you for some time, but unfortunately we hit a few ... wet patches ... Flunk Magazine has always been committed to shining a light on the amazing creative production of Southern Cross University students. While this will always remain a goal of ours, we have decided to open submissions to undergraduate students and community members across Australia! We want Flunk to be Australia's premier undergraduate journal, celebrating the amazing creative potential of students everywhere. To help us achieve this, we have partnered up with the Queensland University of Technology, and our new Poetry Editor Sara Reeves. This issue features student work from Southern Cross, QUT, and also established creative professionals from the Northern Rivers, Melbourne, and South Australia. But wait, there's more... For this issue we also achieved one of our biggest goals of paying all our amazing contributors! This was a massive step for us achieving our ultimate goal: becoming a professional, polished, and established magazine committed to showcasing undergraduate work. We hope you'll love this issue as much as we do, so sit back, relax, scroll down and enjoy!



Short Stories

A Short Story by Alexander Tkaczyk

"It wasn’t the frayed weave of Uncle Sam’s heavy canvass walls that made the boy soldier feel so sad, though kind was his pitiful gift."

A Short Story by Kim Shaddick

"The only bit of the body they ever found was a right hand."


Creative Non-Fiction by Jessica Schefe

"In our little part of the country, the drought had hit hard."


A Short Story by Lewis Woolston

"Madura didn’t start off as a roadhouse. When the first white people settled in the area there was no highway nor had cars been invented."

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A Short Story by Michelle Green

"On the last property before the road melts into the ranges, there is some bougainvillea."



Poetry Suites

Artwork by Lisa Reeves

Image by Olga Thelavart

Poetry Suite by Sara Reeves

The hark of a lyre, heed my son Achilles on fire.

Golden breaths and sweet tears dripping,

the prickled hum of a harp’s string snapping.

Image by Olga Thelavart

Poetry Suite by Adanya Shadi

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feet on the ground 
earth much farther beneath
I close my eyes 

Image by Olga Thelavart

And other Poems by Carolyn Bennett

Meet at the gate,
face to face,
one glance,

Image by Olga Thelavart

A Poem by Melinda Seipel

Olive Branch

Face to face with a foreign reflection, inside the bathroom mirror,
Windows wide letting steam outside, in an attempt to see her clearer.




Artwork by Lisa Reeves

Zeke's Lunchbox

Art Collection

Zeke's Lunchbox

The Black & White Braid

 by Benjamin Allmon

photography by Carin Garland's

Benjamin Allmon
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Laura Golding

Artwork Collection

Laura Golding

What about the Traditional Owners?

Feature Article by Suzie Fawcett

Suzie Fawcett
Image by Caleb Russell
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In Yugambeh language, the word Gaureima means to tell a story.

Yugambeh language is the first language of South East Queensland, and Yugambeh Country is some of the sunshine state's finest. It stretches from the New South Wales border along the Gold Coast Beaches to the Logan River just south of Brisbane. From there, it heads west down past Beaudesert, taking in the Scenic Rim area of the Gold Coast Hinterland.


Calls for Issue No.5

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& Multimedia

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Short stories
& poetry


Visual art

& designs

Submit Issue No.5

Meet The Team

Snowy Frankland

Snowy is an alumni student, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts major in Creative Writing at SCU.

Poetry Editor
Sara Reeves

Sara is a third year student, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at QUT.

Art Director
Matt Weismantel

Matt is a fourth year student studying a Bachelor or Arts majoring in Creative Writing and Art & Design at SCU.

Web Designer
Libby Lawler

Libby is an alumni student, graduating with a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications at SCU.

Meet The Team
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