We invite all Australian Poetry subscribers to submit to Australian Poetry Anthology, Volume 6 2018.

Submissions to the Anthology will open on Wednesday, 15 February, and close 11.59 pm, 31 March 2018.

The Anthology will be published mid-year.

Guidelines and how to submit

  • You must be a current Australian Poetry subscriber to submit and to be published.
  • Poems can be previously published.
  • Please send, in one email, up to three poems.
  • Only three poems will be considered by any one poet so please do not submit more.
  • Each poem must be sent as a word document as well as a PDF.
  • Please note that submissions sent outside of our submission dates will not be read or considered.
  • Please also send a bio of up to 50 words and your contact (phone, postal address, email) details.
  • The submission email is: apjsubmissions@gmail.com
  • Please note that there is no payment for poems published in the Anthology.
  • We are committed to prompt turnaround on the reading of poems.
  • All poets who are accepted within the guideline submission dates will be contacted in June with acceptance notices. As with the Journal, we will not be sending rejection notices, due to the high volume of submissions received.
  • Subject to funding being confirmed in May, a SA launch will be held in partnership with the SA Writers Centre and its director, Sarah Tooth.


It’s that exciting time of year again as we announce our next, incredible Anthology co-editor team of Jill Jones and Bella Li, and its call-out!

Jill Jones

Photo: Annette Willis

Jill Jones’ most recent book is Brink (Five Islands Press, 2017). Her two previous books are The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann, 2014) which won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry in 2015, and Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press, 2015) which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. A new book, Viva the Real, is due from UQP in 2018. Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Contemporary Australian Poetry and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. In 2014 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University.

Bella Li

Photo: Lisa Businovski

Bella Li is the author of Maps, Cargo (Vagabond Press, 2013), shortlisted for the 2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize, and Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017)—a book of poetry, collage and photography—commended in the 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies such as Best Australian Poems and The Kenyon Review, and displayed at the George Paton Gallery and in the Triennial of the National Gallery of Victoria. Her next collection, Lost Lake, is forthcoming from Vagabond Press in 2018.