WHO IS THE
This is the conversation Mona wants to have.
Mona is a new community-focused, literary magazine for women who live in or hail from regional, rural and remote communities in Australia. Mona believes in the fundamental truth of Feminism; that all people have the right to express and experience their full humanity, regardless of their gender. We believe in the transformative power of storytelling as a tool for social change. We strive to give women the space to tell their stories, in their words.
We want to meet women, listen to them and help them share their stories with the world. We travel to regional towns holding writing and discussion workshops to help women develop their ideas, stories and art and encourage them to submit for publishing to either our annual print magazine or our weekly blog. Mona Magazine Issue One was launched in July, 2021, and Issue Two in May, 2022. Beyond the print magazine, we want to see the Mona community grow and we have big plans for the future. Make sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date with developments and how you can be involved!
Why is this important?
Historically, women’s true experiences have been concealed, dismissed, manipulated and erased in the stories and mythology that have shaped the Australian identity. This is much more the case for First Nations women, women from the LGBTQI+ community, women from diverse cultural backgrounds, older women, and women with disabilities.
This needs to change.
Mona Magazine wants to connect women from across Australia so we can listen to each other and learn from one another. We want to see the world as women see it instead of through the system, gaze, ideals and future vision of the patriarchal colonialism that dominates Australian narratives, especially in rural and regional communities.
Mona Magazine is a platform to celebrate the diversity and richness of womanhood, and challenge the ideas that hold women and our communities back. We wish for women's stories to be heard, understood and truly valued in shaping our collective understanding of who we are as Australians.
What will we discover of each other
when we listen?
What this looks like
We are going into rural communities and holding free writing workshops for women to awaken the storyteller within. We are there to listen to them, to build them up and offer them the support to share their stories.
Any woman can submit work to Mona Magazine, not just professional or experienced writers. All submitted work will be curated for the biannual print version of Mona Magazine and/or modified to publish on our website.
Contributors will be paid for their work and will have a say in
how, when and where their work is shared by Mona.