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Paper Chained is a journal of writing and artistic expressions from individuals affected by incarceration that was founded in 2017. In 2021, Paper Chained welcomed Damien Linnane as the new editor. Paper Chained is posted free to incarcerated people in Australia and New Zealand, and is available for free from our website.

Paper Chained is funded primarily by the Community Restorative Centre. We also receive help from our generous sponsors, About Time For Justice, The University of Southern Queensland, Curtin University, and the Centre for Law and Social Justice at the University of Newcastle.

If you are currently in prison, have experienced time in prison, or you have a loved one in prison, we welcome your contributions to this journal. Contributions from those supportive of prison reform will also be considered. Learn more about submitting a contribution here. Contributions are welcome from people worldwide.

Please contact us if you would like to support the journal financially through sponsorship. If you wish to donate to Paper Chained, you can do so via the PayPal account of our publisher, Vigilante Studios.


Our goal is to provide a constructive, creative outlet and form of recreation for incarcerated people. Through writing and art, we believe we can assist in rehabilitation and improve the mental health and well-being of people in prison, by giving them a voice and helping them feel connected with other people experiencing similar challenges. As well as encouraging constructive pursuits like writing and art, Paper Chained also aims to educate and provide information to people in custody.

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