Tulpa Magazine Editorial Committee 2020

We are currently seeking applications for our Editorial Committee. Before applying please read the following guidelines:

Our Values

Tulpa Magazine believes in providing a safe space for emerging writers to publish their work, hone their skills, and develop networks in the arts industry. Safety and support are the key cornerstones of our publication. We believe in the rights of journalists to produce stories without fear of censorship. We strive to provide support and information to writers and artists in order to help them grow professionally and find new ways to showcase their work. We utilise social media in order to share the work of writers and artists across Australia, but with an added focus on South Australian writers.


Position Description

The Tulpa Magazine editorial committee is responsible for the communication, marketing, and management of the publication. This includes the management of the editorial and review teams, allocation of work, communication with contributors and organisations, and the upkeep of the website and all social media platforms.

The editorial committee will work closely with all parts of Tulpa Magazine, and all decisions made about the publication’s direction and growth must be discussed and agreed upon by the entire team. However, each committee member will have an area of specialisation. This might be a section or regular segment of the publication which they are responsible for running, advertising, and managing.

General administration, marketing, and online work is shared between committee members based upon their workload, availability, and individual skill-set. The committee members are the public and professional face of the publication and are expected to engage with organisations and the local community to further the general interests of the publication.

The ideal candidate will be highly organised and self-motivated individuals capable of managing a team of writers and editors as well as producing and commissioning high-quality content targeted at our audience.

This is a new position and successful applicants will run Tulpa Magazine for twelve months with the opportunity to extend this term upon completion. Editing experience is desirable however not essential as successful candidates will receive training upon commencement.

Please note that Tulpa Magazine is an entirely volunteer-run organisation and as a result this is voluntary position suited for those interested in further developing their skills.


Key Duties

  • Maintaining the website
  • Working with writers to edit and prepare submissions for publication
  • Liaising with sub-editors, writers, and other contacts
  • Networking with local artists and arts groups and organisations
  • Pursuing opportunities related to the publication
  • Producing regular and engaging social media content
  • General administrative duties


To ask questions or apply for this position please send your resume and cover letter to tulpamagazine@gmail.com by 25 October 2019.


Tulpa Magazine Turns ONE!

On October 27th 2017, Tulpa Magazine published Jess M. Miller’s short story ‘This Type of Exchange’. This was not only the first Fiction Friday, but the start of Tulpa Magazine itself. Since then this humble online magazine has grown, thanks to the support of readers, writers and a dedicated group of volunteers and artists.

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‘This Type of Exchange’, Art by Rhianna Carr

Tulpa has published 192 stories, poems, articles and reviews, with many more to come. 

All editing, illustrations and review work at Tulpa Magazine is done by Adelaide-based volunteers.

A Word From Tulpa Magazine’s

Managing Editors

‘To our readers, I want to thank you so much for your continual support of Tulpa. When I first learned about Tulpa I wasn’t sure how it would go. Liam and Lisandra are both incredibly talented but an arts magazine in Adelaide? How many people would be interested? Since then we’ve all been amazed by just how well we’ve gone. The magazine has been so much more successful so far than any of us could have anticipated. I can only hope that we continue to grow and expand into something bigger.

What some of you might not realise is that there is a lot of love, time, and effort that goes into nurturing Tulpa. But there is no way we would be what we are today without the submissions we receive, the hard work of our team of writers and editors, and, of course, our readers. So a big thank you to everyone who reads, shares, likes, and talks about our little labour of love.

When Lis asked me to write something she also asked for my favourite pieces that we’ve published during our one year as a magazine. There are so many I’d love to pick but favourites have always been a difficult thing to chose for me; just like deciding what I feel like eating, reading, or drinking continues to be. However, the first piece that came to my mind when considering a favourite is Audrey J. Menz’s short story ‘The Lovelies’. I read this one morning and I was completely enthralled. So much so I had to send it immediately to all my friends as well as force everyone in the house to read it.’

~ Kayla Gaskell, Managing Editor

‘Seeing Tulpa turn one is such as surreal experience. It’s incredible to see how far Tulpa has come in twelve short months. I’ve had the honour of working with so many incredible writers, editors, artists and members of the creative community. Everyone has been so positive about Tulpa from the start and the feedback and support we’ve gotten from every quarter has been unbelievable.

I remember when Tulpa was just a bunch of ideas getting tossed around between me and Liam McNally. We were pretty much fresh out of Student Media and looking to do something different. It was a huge gamble to start an arts magazine in South Australia, I know that. And there were certainly times that I doubted we’d get this far. I definitely think a lot of the credit for reaching one year has to go to the incredible Kayla Gaskell, who joined our management team this year. She has worked tirelessly to help expand Tulpa with book reviews, features and so much more.

None of this would be possible without the small, reliable team of editors, artists and writers who make up the Tulpa team. A lot of them have been around since Tulpa’s earliest days and others have joined us along the way, making for a strong and supportive community. I also have to thank all the readers and contributors– you’ve all played a vital role in shaping Tulpa into what it is today. I’ve loved reading submissions from emerging and established writers from Adelaide and the world! I never expected to find stories sent in from other countries! It’s been incredible.

There have been so many amazing stories, poems, reviews and articles published in Tulpa Magazine. Some of my all-time favourites are Emma Maguire’s short story ‘Housemate Wanted’, Leeza von Alpen’s article on Instagram Poetry and the ‘Restarting Your Creativity‘ series with Kayla Gaskell and Rhianna Carr. But of course, there are so many more that I have just loved.

Expect to see big changes in 2019. We have a lot planned and can’t wait to share it with you all!’

~ Lisandra Linde, Managing Editor (Fiction)

‘This is not something that should have succeeded in many ways. At Tulpa by a mixture of determination and a committed team, we’ve managed to get somewhere exciting.

Is it wise to create an Adelaide-arts based magazine? Good God no. But we gave it a shot and we fortunately have made it to an online presence with a solid and consistent readership.

The key, I feel, to getting to a year of Tulpa is that we had a true and unadulterated passion for the arts behind our activities, from showcasing emerging writers to our coverage of some stunning local talent, we’ve achieved more than I could have hoped for.

Water for the green shoots of the arts community in Adelaide comes from well-acknowledged organisations such as Carclew, Arts SA, and the Helpmann Academy – all of whom are doing amazing work – but it also comes from local artists banding together and working to achieve more as a collective than can be done as individuals.

Well, it’s been a wild ride and it’s unlikely to get any more mundane in the next year – or hopefully many years after that.

Drink in the wonders of Adelaide – and Australia’s – fine emerging arts community. I’ve found a flourishing environment and with the team of Lisandra and Kayla with me on this, it’s going to be a great experience for some time to come.

Deep down, this is a team effort and it’s not just Lisandra, Kayla, and I working on this. We’ve had a wonderful team working hard to provide quality content and help us get (and stay) off the ground.

And without that wonderful team we would never have gotten to a year.

Descend into another year of Adelaide (and Australian) arts. There’s so much yet to come and when we launched a venture that in many ways shouldn’t have succeeded, and find ourselves here, I just want to say thank you.’

~ Liam McNally, Managing Editor




Lisandra Linde: Managing Editor

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lizHow did you get involved with Tulpa Magazine?

Tulpa Magazine really started as this idea Liam McNally and I were tossing up back when we worked in student media. We both wanted to create a platform for writers that had a strong focus on ethical media and writer development- something that we felt was sorely lacking in student media. We didn’t want to go for anything corporate or marketing-focused but rather something really content based, something that lifted up both writer and publication.

So I’ve been a part of Tulpa since before Tulpa even existed. Liam and I got a lot of support from the arts community here in Adelaide and that really helped us to develop our magazine, get the website up and then really see what came next. We were extremely fortunate to have Kayla Gaskell join us as a third managing editor in March 2018.

We’ve been flying semi-blind, still figuring things out as we go but I feel like that’s what makes the whole experience so rewarding. The writers, the editors, the readers- everyone has really been a part of shaping Tulpa and I think that makes us a little different, a bit more down to earth than a lot of other arts and literary magazines in Australia.

What do you do?

I manage all fiction submissions at Tulpa Magazine. I allocate pieces to our editing team, talk to our contributors and put the final pieces together online. I also run most of our social media, design additional images and advertisements and make sure the website runs smoothly. I’ve conducted a few interviews and I do reviews from time to time, which has been a really rewarding experience. I love meeting authors and artists in Adelaide and I think that’s one of the biggest perks of the job.

What’s your life like outside of Tulpa Magazine?

I’m an honours student at Flinders University so a lot of my time outside of Tulpa is spent working on my thesis. I’m also a fantasy writer so, in true writer spirit, I have several unfinished and unedited manuscripts floating around. I’m something of a spoken-word fanatic and you can usually find me at local gigs in Adelaide like Speakeasy, Quart Short Literary Readings, The Hearth and anything else that pops up on the local radar. I’ve performed quite a bit and I’m the 2018 Vice President for Speakeasy. I also do a bit of work for Quart Short Literary Readings.


What has been the most rewarding part of working for Tulpa Magazine?

For me it has to be working with our contributors. A lot of our fiction comes from emerging writers who have never had their work published before. It’s rewarding to be able to work with them to edit and polish their work and then see it go up on the website. Being able to support writers as they start on their writing journey is incredibly rewarding. I love seeing them share their work and feel proud of themselves. I remember how isolating and emotionally draining it was to start out and struggling to find someone willing to read my work and actually tell me it had potential, that it was something worthwhile.

A lot of bigger publications simply don’t have the time or the resources to give new writers feedback and encouragement- and being able to do that at Tulpa is something that I really love. I hope that as we grow and expand that we don’t lose that writer-editor bond that we have right now. I’ve had a lot of ‘Dear-Submitter-First-Name’ style rejections in my life, the kind of faceless, unfeeling responses that really get you down. At least at Tulpa we can say with confidence that we have time for every contributor and are always happy to give feedback, even if we don’t publish a writer’s work this time round.


What do you see yourself doing in the future? Where are you headed after Tulpa?

That’s hard to say. I want to get my PhD and hopefully teach creative writing and English at a university but that’s still a few years away. I guess I would love to publish more, meet more writers and really engage with the writing community. To be honest, things look pretty grim for Arts workers in Australia right now but I’m hoping that we see some change soon. It would be a pity for us to lose such an incredible community of artists, writers and editors because of a government that devalues and defunds the Arts. Here’s to hoping all of us have a bright future ahead of us- one where we can push the boundaries of art and culture.


You can find Lisandra on Twitter and Instagram

For more information about her publications and qualifications you can visit her website.

Leeza von Alpen: Editor

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Meet-the-Team-Leeza.jpgHow did you get involved with Tulpa Magazine?

Before Tulpa, I had volunteered for another magazine called Empire Times while I was undertaking my Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts at Flinders University; this is where I had the fortunate opportunity of meeting Lisandra and Liam. When they proposed the concept of Tulpa Magazine, and began seeking other fellow editors to expand their team, I was both excited and eager to become a part of this project. Having worked with them previously, I knew they had the experience, creativity and tenacity to launch and manage such a project, and looked forward to contributing towards it. Already, I feel that Tulpa has started to become shaped into a fine arts and literary magazine.

What do you do?

I myself manage any fiction pieces available (ideally, before any of our other talented editors can snatch it up!) that Lisandra or Liam offer to us. Occasionally, I contribute to the magazine if there’s available space.

What’s your life like outside of Tulpa Magazine?

I’m a recently graduated middle and secondary high school teacher who specialises in English, History and Women’s Studies. Outside of Tulpa, I work part-time, visit the gym, and write my young adult novels and poetry. As any avid reader will tell you, I have a copious amount of unread books overflowing from my shelves that require undivided attention that I cannot always give them, but, where possible, I enjoy sitting down with my milkless tea and reading for hours on end. Occasionally, I’ll perform at local readings in Adelaide, but my projects keep me quite busy. I’m also an amateur star watcher (that’s the term for an unqualified, self-taught individual who maps constellations and watches the night sky).

What has been the most rewarding part of working for Tulpa Magazine?

I can only choose one thing? Seriously? What part of working for Tulpa isn’t rewarding? Well, if I had to choose only one part of working for the magazine that’s rewarding, it would have to be working with the team and being engaged with the sheer creativity that we interact with. We have an excellent team here at Tulpa; all experienced, friendly and energetic. It’s a fun experience to have a group of diverse people work together because we share a common interest; our love for art and writing. Together, we help budding and experienced contributors alike polish their pieces and find recognition and worth in their projects. It’s a beautiful thing, really.

What do you see yourself doing in the future? Where are you headed after Tulpa?

Ideally, I’ll secure a contract with a school and start teaching my own classes. Also, I aspire to finally finish a novel (instead of starting another three more and adding more to my uncompleted pile of manuscripts); I’m currently working on three main projects: my young adult novel, While We’re Here, and my fantasy series, Drahdia; and a collection of short poems. I’m also looking into potentially starting up a writing website and blog with novel reviews and writing advice, and maybe a Podcast along the same lines. Stay tuned!


You can find Leeza on Twitter and Instagram.

Twitter | @Leeza_Jayde


Instagram | leezajaydepoetry


Leeza’s E-Folio for her teaching career can be accessed here: