About Snorkel   ISSN 1833-7880


Snorkel is an online literary magazine with a special interest in bringing together the creative writings of Australians and New Zealanders, while also welcoming submissions from the wider international community.

Snorkel is published twice yearly, with Snorkel #3 due for launch in April 2006.

Snorkel #1 appeared in April 2005.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions to Snorkel are by email. Only previously unpublished work is considered. Send up to 5 poems and/or 2 prose pieces as attachments in either Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format, or as text included in the body of the email, to snorkel@snorkel.org.au.

Submissions to Snorkel #3 close on 15 February 2006.

Please allow 6 weeks from the closing date for notification of acceptance or rejection. Snorkel is unable to offer payment for submissions, or engage in correspondence regarding individual submissions. For accepted work, copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

The Book Room

In our book room, you can snorkel the Amazon for books by Snorkel contributors, and other new/recommended poetry and short fiction titles from Australia, New Zealand and beyond.


Cath Vidler · Editor · Cath Vidler’s poems have appeared in Sport, Turbine, Cordite and Alba. Cath now lives in Sydney, having spent the last three years in Wellington, New Zealand, where she was a legal researcher at Victoria University and a student at the International Institute of Modern Letters.

Nick Riemer · Associate Editor · Nick Riemer is the author of Falling Objects (Vagabond, 1999) and James Stinks (and so does Chuck) (Puncher & Wattmann, 2005). He lives and works in Sydney.

Nick Smith · Design and Photography · Nick Smith is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney; previously he was at Victoria University of Wellington. He makes electronic music under the pseudonym Partial Order. Cover: Hughes House, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


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The Elephant

In no animal is the organ of smell so peculiar as in the elephant. For the elephant has the double character of a land animal, and of one that lives in swamps. Seeing then that it has to get its food from the water, and yet must necessarily breathe; seeing, also, that its excessive weight prevents it from passing rapidly from water to land, it becomes necessary that it shall be suited alike for life in the water and for life on dry land. Just then as divers are sometimes provided with instruments for respiration, through which they can draw air from above the water, so also have elephants been furnished by nature with their lengthened nostril; and, whenever they have to traverse the water, they lift this up above the surface and breathe through it.

—from Aristotle’s De Partibus Animalium, 350 BC.