Created to give voice to a stigmatised generation, the M Project is a place to celebrate the concerns, opinions and lives of our current young adults, aka millennials. This aim became even broader as we realised just how large this generation truly is. The eldest millennials, wise in the ways of floppy disks and landlines, are approaching their 40s, while the youngest are anywhere from 18-23, depending on who you ask.
With this in mind, we must consider the impact of having so many different stages and experiences of life encompassed by a singular generational tab. The word millennial denotes a level of similar contextual experience, influences and opinions that is largely unrealistic. Therefore, we encourage discussion and representation of all sides of millennial life – a generation that currently sits across both sides of young adulthood: the unpredictable, questioning 20s, and then the 30s where traditional milestones into adulthood are now occurring.
This year, as we continue to talk about the issues faced by millennials, we’d love to see more representation of older as well as younger millennials and also of the experiences of the millennials living outside our largest cities.
Because, despite the majority of Australian millennials living in or around capital cities, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 30% of Australia’s population outside these densely urban areas are aged 20-44.
We look forward to being surprised by your pitches and submissions, but, if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some things we’ve been thinking about:
- The exposure economy
- Disposable living
- Gender and gender fluidity
- Rural vs Urban living
- Mental health
- Environmental concerns
- Changing internet communities
- Failing social media
- Job dissatisfaction
- Having kids
- Empty-nester parents
- Online activism
- Participation trophies
- Multi-generational households
- Gig economy
- The sharing economy
- Job insecurity
- Sharehouse culture
- Fur babies
- Internet linguistics
- Third culture kids
- Constant contactability
If you remember when the internet entered our lives, or getting your first participation trophy, we would love to hear from you: what you find inspiring, interesting, troubling, frustrating, thrilling.
Your piece must be between 500-2000 words.
Grattan Street Press accepts both non-fiction and fiction submissions for consideration.
If you have a pitch or just want to express your interest, email us email@example.com.