The College of the Arts offers a range of courses in the areas of performing and visual arts, theatre studies, creative writing, journalism, digital media, English and cultural studies, geography, history and politics, public relations, hospitality and tourism. Depending on the course, you can study entirely online connecting and engaging through the Moodle platform or utilising our Be Different platform and studying anytime at your own pace with no assessment constraints or unit deadlines. In addition to the online offerings, we offer on-campus study through our regional Queensland campuses including Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton. 

Our courses include hands-on and professional practice experience in industry and on-campus in purpose-built commercial kitchens, visual art and theatre studios, multimedia computer laboratories and production studios, and the state-of-the-art music and theatre facility – the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM), giving you real-world experience and abundant opportunities to enhance your skills to be industry and career-ready.

The CQCM based on the Mackay Ooralea campus has produced some of Australia's most experienced professional performers and continues to pursue excellence, flexibility, and innovation in its academic programs in music and theatre, research initiatives and community outreach. The CQCM is proud to partner with Conservatoriums across regional New South Wales supporting brilliance in tertiary music education.

The College also encompasses the Idiom 23 Literary Magazine, an annual publication dedicated to encouraging writing in Central Queensland and throughout Australia. Idiom 23 has become a force in regional and national writing – providing an opportunity for emerging and established writers alike to publish original short stories, poems and articles.

The College of the Arts also comprises the Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (CQ RASN) project. This is a Queensland Government initiative through Arts Queensland supporting and delivering innovative projects, opportunities and limitations for innovative arts models to address the specific arts and cultural needs of rural, regional and remote areas, and foster effective partnerships within and beyond the arts and cultural sector.

By studying with us, you will learn from award-winning staff and industry professionals who support and encourage you to extend your limits, broaden your outlook and seek out new possibilities. You will gain transferrable skills and knowledge across a wide range of industries and professions, with endless career possibilities such as roles within government agencies, administration, publishing houses, environmental planning and management, media, journalism, libraries, museums, galleries, not-for-profit organisations, private companies, teaching, town councils, disability services, community sector organisations, youth worker and universities.

We can’t wait for you to join us.

The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) was incorporated into CQUniversity in 1996. Since then, CQCM has established industry partnerships with many of Australia's most experienced professional performers, theatre directors and agents, as well as links with international artists, producers, directors and performing arts organisations contributing to its current national and international status.

Since it was first published in 1987, CQUniversity's Idiom 23 Literary Magazine has become a force in regional and national writing. Named for the Tropic of Capricorn, Idiom 23 is an annual publication dedicated to encouraging writing in Central Queensland and throughout Australia. The magazine has been supported continually by the University, in particular, by the School of Education and the Arts, and the University Bookshop.

This year Idiom 23 has made some changes to the submission process.

Submissions will now be managed through a new submissions platform called Submittable, which will make it easier for contributors to submit and track their work. Contributors will be able to see which submissions have been accepted or declined and be able to withdraw their submissions if they wish. Submittable will also make it easier for Idiom staff to manage submissions on our end. Hardcopy submissions are no longer accepted.

The second change is that all contributors will now have to pay a $5 reading fee for each submission. The fee can be paid by credit card or PayPal and must be paid before submissions will be accepted. Contributors are restricted to 3 submissions per person.


Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All fiction and non-fiction submissions must be limited to 3000 words or less, and poetry to one page or less.
  • Each contributor should limit their submissions to three, comprising any mixture of writing and artwork, submitted as separate attachments in .rtf or .doc form for textual submissions and artwork in .jpg or .png format.
  • Multiple submissions must be made in separate individual rtf. or .doc files (multiple submissions in a single rtf. or .doc file may not be considered).
  • Please use the photo release form.
  • Please do not submit images over 300kb.
  • All literary submissions should be in 12pt. Times New Roman and 1.5 spaced.
  • The cut-off date for each issue is September 30th of each year. Submissions received after this date may not be considered.

Submit Now


Donations (tax deductible) can be made to Idiom 23 through the University Website at our Donations page.

Reach out

Idiom 23 accepts electronic submissions only.

Please send any print material (books, anthologies etc.) for review to:

Idiom 23 Literary Magazine
C/- Dr. Nicole Anae
PO Box 172
Central Queensland University
554–700 Yaamba Road
Rockhampton QLD 4702

Purchasing the magazine

Readers are invited to purchase Idiom 23 by accessing the CQUniversity Bookshop.