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Submission Guidelines

Rabelais accepts submissions throughout the year and will endeavour to have your content published within the next available edition. Rabelais will publish written or visual content in our printed issue, and content can also be posted on our website.

Written submissions can include articles, interviews, short stories, poetry, comics, photography, art etc. and can be published in our print magazine with four issues per semester or on our website. Videos or sound files such as recorded interviews or your own music can also be published on our website. Send any submissions to ltsu_rabelais@latrobe.edu.au.

All submissions must not include defamation or discrimination and must be the student’s own content or images used under a creative commons license.

We are an independent media platform run by students and publishing student content so feedback is always welcomed at ltsu_rabelais@latrobe.edu.au.

Writer’s Guidelines

Rabelais is an independent media platform of La Trobe University. All content is generated and published by the students of La Trobe University providing students with an easily accessible publishing platform. Student submissions should be sent to ltsu_rabelais@latrobe.edu.au

Submissions have a maximum of 2500 words – the equivalent to four pages of content. You may submit as many articles or images as you want as Rabelais welcomes all student contributions. Editors, however, may be forced to publish some contributions solely online. This is to allow as many students to be published in the printed editions of Rabelais with regards to limited page numbers. All submissions must be the student’s own content.

All submissions will receive feedback and all publications are subject to the approval of the current editors of Rabelais. Editors will endeavour to publish material in the upcoming available printed edition if provided before the submission deadlines.

Style Guide

“Nobody owns the English language, which we believe is a good thing. But this can be a problem for a publication. On any given day, we’re likely to encounter a range of variations in spelling, punctuation and style, all technically “correct”. Or is that ‘correct’, or just correct?”

Rabelais Student Media endeavours to follow the Upstart Style Guide, which you can find here. Accuracy is important to us and should be considered when writing for our publication.

Audience, Content and Tone

When generating content for Rabelais, please keep in mind your audience – students, lecturers, and tutors at La Trobe University will see your content. All language should be able to be understood by your fellow students, and all faculty specific jargon should include an explanation. Similarly, your content can be anything that is of interest to you, but always include explanations for your subject. All submissions should be able to be understood by a person with no knowledge of the subject. Tone is subjective and no tone can be considered universally successful. For your content, employ the tone you determine to best suit your work, eg.: angered, impassioned opinion piece or logical, unbiased reporting.

Rabelais welcomes all student contributions. For further questions or to submit your work, contact: ltsu_rabelais@latrobe.edu.au. Alternatively, feel free to visit the Rabelais office on level two of the Upper West Agora.



The La Trobe Student Union constitution does not allow any of its publications, including Rabelais, to publish any material that is discriminatory. This includes (but is not limited to) racist, sexist, ableist and homophobic material. The editors, in accordance with antidiscrimination legislation, will judge what constitutes discriminatory content.


We will not print anything that contains defamatory content. The editors will judge what constitutes defamatory content. To give an idea of what constitutes defamatory content: it is any unsubstantiated attack upon a person or institution’s reputation. This does not mean that only untrue claims are defamatory – it is only claims that cannot be substantiated, or proved true. So you must be able to back up your claims with evidence if asked.Images

Any images you include with your submission must be either: Wholly owned by yourself. (Content which you have generated)/used with the copyright holder’s permission (which must be in writing)/used under a creative commons license.


Rabelais reserves limited copyright on the work you submit to us. This does not mean that you cannot publish it elsewhere, as the limit we reserve is one month from date of publication. Namely, one month after your content appears in our magazine, you are free to reproduce, print, publish or distribute it elsewhere. We do not want to stop you from using your own work.

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