Interested in contributing to Backyard Opera?

Backyard Opera happily accepts submissions of photography, illustration and written work. However, before contacting us, we firstly ask that you have read Backyard Opera and understand our style and content. Backyard Opera will not accept submissions that have been previously published elsewhere, including on the internet.

We get a large number of emails from people wanting to contribute, so please help us by including a few short details about yourself and why you are getting in touch – where you are from, what your background is and how you think your talents, skills or products are suited to our publication and its readers.


Backyard Opera primarily publishes feature articles, however we will occasionally accept editorial pieces if they fit in with the overall tone of our publication. We’re looking for content with a strong focus on Sydney’s local creative culture - we promote artists and organisations, local initiatives and interesting people, as well as unique facets of Sydney’s cultural landscape. If you have an idea for a specific article, or pitch, then please email samples of your work. Please keep emails brief and clear and attachments as simple as possible (a simple .doc format or PDF is preferred).

Photographers & Stylists

If you feel you could contribute, please email us with ideas and/or samples of your work. We also accept a limited number of submissions. If you have done a shoot that you think may suit Backyard Opera, then by all means feel free to contact us with some sample shots and details of the shoot – including the brands/clothing, the model’s age and the location of the shoot. The submission will not be considered without these details. Also please keep any attachments small, preferably in jpeg format. We will contact you if we require any higher-resolution images or further details. Please upload work to Dropbox and forward us the link. Do not attach images within an email.

Artists & Illustrators

If you are an artist or illustrator and would like to submit a body of work, please forward an email with some examples of your work and/or a link to your website or blog. Please upload work to Dropbox and forward us the link. Do not attach images within an email.

All submissions should be sent to:

Unfortunately, due to the volume of emails we receive, it isn’t possible for us to reply to everyone or provide feedback for all submissions we receive. However, we do thank you for thinking of us and contacting us – any support is greatly appreciated!