The Monthly


The Monthly

Infobox Magazine
title = The Monthly


image_size = 200
image_caption = May 2007
editor = Sally Warhaft
editor_title =
frequency = 11
circulation =
category = News magazine
company = Black Inc.
publisher = Morry Schwartz
firstdate = May 2005
country = flag|Australia
language = Australian English
website = [http://www.themonthly.com.au themonthly.com.au]
issn = 1832-3421

"The Monthly" is an Australian national magazine of politics, society and the arts, which is published eleven times per year on a monthly basis excepting the December/January issue. Founded in 2005, it is published by Morry Schwartz, a successful Melbourne property developer [http://www.abc.net.au/insidebusiness/content/2005/s1368585.htm] . The publisher is also director of Black Inc., which publishes non-fiction books and the political journal "Quarterly Essay".

Contributors

Contributors have included Richard Flanagan, Mark Aarons, John Birmingham, Robert Forster, Helen Garner, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Gideon Haigh, Clive James, Amanda Lohrey, Mungo MacCallum, Shane Maloney. Robert Manne, Drusilla Modjeska, Kevin Rudd and Don Watson.

Essays

The magazine generally publishes essays 3000 to 6000 words long. The cover stories “Being There”, Mark McKenna's investigation of key Australian historian Manning Clark, and “Wendi Deng Murdoch”, Eric Ellis's profile of the wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch were around 10000 words long [http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s1916646.htm] .

Early in 2006, The Monthly published "Information Idol: How Google is making us stupid" by Gideon Haigh and “The Tall Man: Palm Island's Heart of Darkness” by Chloe Hooper. Both pieces shared the 2006 John Curtin Prize for Journalism. Hooper's piece went on to win the 2006 Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing.

The Monthly has published in depth essays that have impacted on Australian politics and politicians. "The Outcast of Camp Echo: The Punishment of David Hicks" by Alfred W McCoy, "Faith in Politics" by Kevin Rudd, and "Gunns: Out of Control" by Richard Flanagan have given wider attention to the issues raised beyond the readership of the magazine. [http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2007/s1922845.htm] [http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2006/s1753915.htm] [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200606/s1662258.htm] [http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2007/s2017066.htm]

50000 copies of the essay "Gunns: Out of Control" were reprinted for letterboxing in the electorates of Australia's environment minister and opposition environment spokesperson by businessman Geoffrey Cousins who decided to mount a campaign against a proposed Tasmanian pulp mill after reading it in The Monthly [http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/pulp-mill-fight-moves-into-mps-backyards/2007/08/27/1188067034453.html] [http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/garrett-hedges-bets-on-mill/2007/08/28/1188067111434.html] [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22325256-5013404,00.html] [http://www.smh.com.au/news/alan-ramsey/vision-ltd-turnbull-yes-to-mess-for-50-years/2007/10/05/1191091360751.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2] .

Arts and Letters

The Monthly contains an Arts and Letters section with independent reviews on books, film, music, theatre, TV, fashion, art and architecture. Regular contributor, Robert Forster won the 2006 Pascall Prize for Critical Writing for his popular music criticism in "The Monthly".

The Nation Reviewed

A section at the front of the magazine consisting of a national round-up in a handful of articles, each around 1000 words. This section is an acknowledgment to the former businessman Gordon Barton who founded a weekly newspaper titled Nation Review.

Encounters

At the back of the magazine there is a one page story recalling an unlikely but real historical meeting between two famous individuals, for example Errol Flynn & Fidel Castro. Encounter is written by Shane Maloney.

External links

* [http://www.themonthly.com.au/ The Monthly website]


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