Submission Form: Submissions via online Wufoo form 

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Editorial Associate




Published with the support of Creative Australia, Creative Victoria and private patrons.




Formal Guidelines

  • Australian poets, whether based in Australia or overseas, are invited to submit, up to three poems.
  • Poems will be submitted via an online Wufoo form found here. Please contact Editorial Associate Jennifer (( if you are having trouble with this form.
  • Poems can be both previously published or unpublished, but need to have been written and/or first published between 1 July 2023 and 1 August 2024. If a work has been previously published, the poet must include the publication details in their submission.
  • Poems should be uploaded in both Word and PDF format.
  • AP requires that submissions clearly acknowledge and cite the use/quotation of any work by another author.
  • Poets must also include a bio (third person, 50–100 words) and contact details (email, phone, mailing address) in their submission.
  • Poets are able to simultaneously submit to BoAP and other publications.
  • Submissions sent outside the set reading date will not be read or considered.
  • Each poem selected for publication will be paid $80.
  • Successful submissions will be notified in September 2024.
  • Guest Editors will also independently read as widely as possible work published in this time period by Australia’s incredible poetry sector, including journals, magazines, individual collections and anthologies.
  • Subscribers do not receive a copy of BoAP as part of their subscription (as it is a new additional publication) but will be offered substantial discount rates at the time of publication.
  • Best of Australian Poems 2024 will be published on 1 December 2024 with a launch event in partnership with the Wheeler Centre in early 2025.




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Kate Lilley is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Tilt (Vagabond 2018), winner of the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry, and many essays. She has edited two collections, Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) and Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP). She was a member of the English Department at the University of Sydney 1990–2021 where she is now an Honorary Associate Professor.


Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. Her first book, The Agonist (UQP 2017), won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the 2018 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Her second book, The Exclusion Zone, was published by University of Queensland Press in 2023.