Australian Poetry Anthology is currently close for submissions.

Poetry submissions to Australian Poetry Journal 7.1 – ‘skin’ open 15 February 2017.

Submissions close midnight 15 April 2017.

Its poetry is guest-edited by Ellen van Neerven and Ali Cobby Eckermann, with a focus on poetry by Aboriginal poets.

The volume will also include the 10 + outstanding poems commissioned and presented by Australian Poetry for its ‘Sunburnt Country’ series, as part of the Australian Poets Festival. For this event, poets around the country wrote responses to or personal translations of Dorothea Mackellar’s ‘My Country’ poem. These poems have been presented at Australian Poetry partnership events at Melbourne and Sydney Writers Festivals and Queensland Poetry Festival, and the series’ editors are AP’s Toby Fitch and Jacinta Le Plastrier.

APJ’s open poetry submission guidelines are:

Poets, both Australian born or international, are invited to submit, in one email, up to three poems. Requirements for consideration are: each poem must be sent in both word.doc and pdf formats. Only three poems will be considered by any one poet.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander poets are strongly encouraged to submit.

Please also send a bio of up to 50 words and your contact (phone, postal address, email) details.

Also please specify, for our statistical purposes, if you are a subscriber to Australian Poetry. Poems are chosen by the editors on merit and there is no advantage given to subscribers. Subscription however is strongly encouraged as it makes our publications viable and vital. If you are not yet a subscriber, please go here.

We are committed to prompt turnaround on the reading of poems. All poets who submit within the guideline submission dates will be contacted by end May with acceptance or rejection notices.

Published poems, selected from submissions, will be paid at $80 flat rate per poem.

All poems submitted must have been previously unpublished and not currently submitted elsewhere.

Under Australian Poetry’s new co-editor model for 2017, Ellen van Neerven and Ali Cobby Eckermann can choose to commission up to 10 poems by Aboriginal poets and another 30 poems will be selected from open submissions. 

All submissions sent to:

Submissions close midnight 15 April 2017.



Ellen van Neerven is a Yugambeh woman from South East Queensland. She is the author of Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) and Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) which won the 2013 David Unaipon Award, the 2015 Dobbie Award and the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards Indigenous Writer’s Prize.


Pic credit: Bridget Wood




In 2013 Ali Cobby Eckermann toured Ireland as Aust. Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. The inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship, she attended the International Writing Program at University of Iowa in 2014. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival. Inside My Mother, her latest collection of poetry was also published in 2015 by Giramondo. In 2016 Ali presented at the Christchurch Word Festival in New Zealand.

Pic credit: Adrian Cook



Australian Poetry Journal 7.1 – ‘SKIN’ (publication date 30 June 2017).

Co-edited by Ellen van Neerven and Ali Cobby Eckermann.

Published with the support of an Australia Council Projects Grant 2017.