Submissions for the annual Australian Poetry Anthology, open only for subscribers, re-open October 15 2017.
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Australian Poetry Journal 7.2 – ‘WORK’ (publication date 30 November 2017). Poetry guest-edited by Benjamin Laird and Cassandra Atherton. Published with the support of an Australia Council Projects Grant 2017.

 Poetry submissions to 7.2 – ‘work’ opens 15 August 2017 via and closes midnight 1 October 2017. Its poetry will be focused on the theme – WORK – but poems can also be selected from submissions outside this focus; that is, you can also submit poems on any theme. The theme of WORK is broad – please be inspired to address it curiously! Work can be seen to connect to the work-place, employment, work-place issues – you can also see Work in the way that art is an artwork, and making art is work, as are so many other efforts. Love requires work… Activism requires work… For formal guidelines, see below.

The volume will also publish separately the outstanding poems by 10 poets who were commissioned and presented by Australian Poetry for New Shoots Victoria – a project initiated by Red Room Poetry and also in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Melbourne Writers Festival 2017. This project has been edited by Red Room Artistic Director, Tamryn Bennett, and Australian Poetry’s Toby Fitch and Jacinta Le Plastrier.

APJ’s open poetry submission guidelines are:

  • Submissions sent outside the set reading dates will not be read or considered.
  • The submission email is: 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 so please do not submit more. 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 to:
  • We are committed to prompt turnaround on the reading of poems. All poets who submit within the guideline submission dates should be contacted approx. by 31 October with acceptance notices ONLY. If you are not contacted, this means regrettably that your poetry was not selected.
  • Published poems, selected from submissions, will be paid at $80 flat rate per poem.
  • APJ in 2017 is introducing a submissions policy, with its new co-editor model, where the guest editors can organise submission for up to 10 poets to that volume.
  • All poems submitted must have been previously unpublished and not currently submitted elsewhere.

Submissions for the annual Australian Poetry Anthology, open only for subscribers, re-open October 15 2017.

APJ 7.2 Guest Editors

Benjamin Laird

Benjamin Laird

Benjamin Laird is a poet and computer programmer. He writes print and electronic poems which have appeared in Peril, Unusual Work, Cordite Poetry Review, and Rabbit. His most recent publication is The Durham Poems (SOd Press), a chapbook of biographical electronic poems. He is also the website producer for Overland literary journal and Cordite Poetry Review.

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton is a prose poet, academic and critic. She was a Harvard Visiting Scholar in English in 2016 and is the recipient of more than 15 national and international grants and awards. Her most recent books of prose poetry are Trace (Finlay Lloyd), Exhumed (Grand Parade) and Pika-Don (Mountains Brown Press).  In 2016, she was awarded an Australia Council Grant to write a book of prose poetry on the Hiroshima Maidens.