Australian Poetry Journal 8.1 – ‘unthemed’

(publication date 30 August 2018)

Submissions: open 1 June 2018  and close midnight 1 July 2018. 

The publication date for the annual Australian Poetry Anthology (guest edited by Jill Jones and Bella Li) is currently scheduled for 31 July 2018.

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Published with the support of Australia Council for the Arts Projects Grant 2018. The volume will also include reviews and articles. Publisher is Jacinta Le Plastrier.

Formal Guidelines

APJ’s open poetry submission guidelines are:

  • Submissions sent outside the set reading dates will not be read or considered.
  • 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. The pdf versions are used for proofing purposes. Only three poems will be considered by any one poet so please do not submit more. Please also send a word.doc 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 editor/s 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 subscribe here.
  • 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 July 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 introduced a submissions policy, with its new guest editor model, where the guest editor/s can organise submission for approx. ten poets for each volume.
  • All poems submitted must have been previously unpublished and not currently submitted elsewhere.

APJ 8.1 Guest Editor

Gig Ryan’s seventh book, New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2011; Selected Poems, Bloodaxe Books, U.K.), was winner of the 2012 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry and the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. She has also written songs with Disband, Six Goodbyes (1988), and Driving Past, Real Estate (1999), Travel (2006). She was Poetry Editor of The Age from 1998 – 2016. She is a freelance reviewer, and is currently working on another book of poems.