Issue 5 ‘TENSE’ Content List

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Issue 5 marks the final issue of Catalyst for 2018! We’re getting reflective and thinking ‘bout the past, the present and the future. It’s also heading to the pointy end of the semester/year and people are feeling pretty tense. Use all this for your ideas!

WRITTEN PITCHES – Send us a quick pitch at the google form here.

VISUAL PITCHES – If you’re interested in contributing visual work, please use the below prompts as inspiration! We’re looking for all styles and formats for visuals–illustration, photography, painting, digital art, anything your talented souls can make! Send your pieces, or an explanation of the piece you intend to create, through to to be featured in the magazine. 


PITCH DEADLINE: Monday, 20 August

FIRST DRAFT DEADLINE: Wednesday, 29 August

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, 2 September

Below you’ll find prompts for both nonfiction and fiction pieces to go in the magazine alongside our regular sections + columns. These are just a guide, if you’ve got an idea that isn’t here but you think is great, then by all means – pitch it to us!


Student uni life |

Not coping in exam conditions | Global intensives (study tours) | Changing | Growing older | The ‘old’ me | Turning over a new leaf – can people really change? | False pretenses | What happens if you lie on your resume? |

Life |
Past, present and future | Nostalgia | Flashbacksgood or bad, how they can impact someone’s life | Rose tinted glasses | Sexual tension – is it measurable? | Relationships – dealing with different opinions on big issues in your friendships or relationships | Intense – good or bad? | Living in the moment | Forgetting the past | Planning for the future | Sources of tension |

Issues |

Tension | Applying a force | Political tension | Social tension | False pretenses | Fraud | Lying to get ahead | What will the world look like in 20, 30, 50 years? |

Science, tech & health |

Future developments in science | Tense muscles | Bodybuilding | Exercise | Strain | Injuries and recovery | Stress and mental tension | Time travel | Hypertension | Ways to relieve tension | Anxiety | Time periods | People feeling like they were born in the wrong decade | Living forever – would it be a good thing? | How to measure intensity | Earthquakes | Tensegrity |

It’s all in the word |

Intense | Pretense | Hyperintense | Grammar | Simple, continuous, perfect, perfect continuous

Music, culture and fashion | Recipes  | DIY Projects |

Back to the Future | A Christmas Carol

An important note: Please keep in mind this is a student publication for students. We encourage you to think about who you are writing for and who is likely to come across and flick through a copy of Catalyst (hint: it will probably be a student!). So finding a way to make your piece relevant to student life at RMIT will always be looked on favourably by the editors.

And lastly…

We are always on the look-out for short/long-form hard news pieces to publish in our news section. If you have an idea for a story that relates to some timely news happening around RMIT, we want to hear about it. Our news director is William Ton and you can reach him at


Firstly, have a read through our style guide – this is important for knowing our tone and the kinds of things editors look for when reading through pitches.

Secondly, this pitching guide by Express Media might help you figure out how to go about it. If you are nervous about pitching or are pitching for the first time, remember that Catalyst is the perfect place to take your first steps. Who cares if you cook it, we certainly won’t! We don’t want to miss out on a great idea because the writer was worried about submitting a subpar pitch.

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