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June 18:          Narellan Poetry Slam feat. Pola Fanous and Adara Enthaler. 6.30pm-9pm, Harry Hartog Bookseller, 326 Camden Valley Way, Shop T201- 202, Narellan, NSW. Slam start: 7pm. 3 minute limit, original work, no props, costumes; can include singing & acapella but no background music. Judges selected randomly on night. Tickets $5. See

June 19:          Poetica: A Night for Wordsmithing feat. Lesh and Declan Kelly. With open mic (3 minutes; original poetry). Bondi Bowling Club, 1 Warners Ave, North Bondi, Sydney. 7pm-10.30pm. Sign-up at door. For tickets, see: 

June 19:          The Sydney Poetry Lounge. Hosted by Ali Whitelock with MC Sheree Strange, feature poets Evelyn Araluen and Richard James Allen, and open mic. 6.30pm sign-up (3 minute limit), event starts 7.15pm, upstairs, The Friend in Hand Pub, Glebe, Sydney. Entry: $10/$5 door. No lift access. Buses from Central, limited nearby street parking, or at Broadway Shopping Centre. For more details see: 

June 20:          Poets at the Petersham Bowl. Open mic soirée: poems, short stories, comedy, acoustic music. From 6.30pm-9.30pm. Free entry, sign-up on the night. Upstairs, Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham, Sydney. 5 mins walk from Petersham Station. Details: Mark 041 005 4756/ Barry 043 2971710 or see

June 22:          Pride 50: Stonewall Commemoration & Artist Studio Open Day. Art installations, craft workshops, talks, poetry performances from Eunice Andrada and Carielyn Tunion and an Open Mic. 3pm-8pm, Yanada Community Meeting Room, 22 Hudson St, Lewisham, Sydney. Free, refreshments provided. See:

June 24:          Flip the Script Free Youth/Open Mic Showcase Hosted by Bankstown Poetry Slam. 6.30pm-8pm, Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, Sydney. No judges, flexible time limits, safe space. For this event and BPS’s free writing feedback service: email or see

June 24:          Unspoken Words Poetry Book Club Hosted by Unspoken Words & Better Read Than Dead Bookshop. 6.30pm-7.30pm, upstairs at bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Inclinator (elevator) access. Selected book: The Carrying by Ada Limon. Drinks, nibbles; members receive 10% off book club titles. Free but register via or contact Zachary Moore-Boyle or Emma Rose at

June 25:          Bankstown Poetry Slam ft. Luka Lesson and Lungol Wekina. 6.45pm-9pm, Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, Sydney. Entry: under-14s free/$5, pay at event. 3 minute open mic slots, original work, no props music, judges selected randomly from audience. For more information, see or email

June 25:          Youth Spoken Word Poetry Workshops. 3.30pm-5pm, hosted by SydWest Mt Druitt Office. Recurring event (until December 2019) will offer workshops on poetry, public speaking, presentation and English skills. See: or call Youth Transition Support Team 96216633 (Blacktown); 96250455 (Mt Druitt).

June 26:          Live Poets at Don Bank. Special Guest Anna Couani plus The Live Poets Players Present The Art of Modern Love, and an Open Section. Don Bank Museum, 6 Napier St, North Sydney. Doors open 7.30 pm. $10 entry includes supper and drinks. Further info/bookings: (02) 9896 6956; 0422 263 373 or via

June 26:          MoshPit Open Mic Night. Hosted by Hiske Music and Mosh Pit. Songs, jokes, poems, performance art, etc. 7.30pm-11pm; sign-up 7pm. MoshPit, 642A King Street, Erskineville, Sydney. Free entry. BYO instrument or use house guitar. Strictly 18+ patrons. Enquiries: or see

June 27:          Enough Said Poetry Slam feat. Kirli Saunders. 6.30pm-9.30pm, Society City, 274-278 Crown St, Wollongong, NSW. Entry: $5/$10. Doors open 6pm, sign-up 6.30pm. Original poems, 3 minute limit, no props or costumes; judges selected randomly from audience. All ages venue, BYO food and drinks available nearby. See

June 27:          Poets Corner Reading and Discussion Hosted by David Ades. Guest Poet Eunice Andrada will read and discuss her work around the theme of ‘Reclaiming the Body’. 7pm, WestWords Centre For Writing, 91b Grose St, North Parramatta, Sydney. Free entry but bookings essential: or see:

June 30:          In Conversation: Sweatshop Women. Editor Winnie Dunn in conversation with writer Maryam Azam, 4pm, upstairs, Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Inclinator (elevator) access. Transport: King Street buses; train. Free entry but register via

June 30:          Wollongong Girls on Key Reading with Ali Jane Smith. 4pm-7pm, Society City, 274-278 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW. Hosted by Linda Godfrey, with open mic section (5 min limit). $10/$8 concession, cash on door. Wine available by donation. For more details see or

July 3:            Girls on Key Monthly Sydney Poetry Reading. 6.30pm-8.30pm, Mama Rosy’s, 496 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Feature poets Jenny Blackford and Hani Abdile, with limited open mic slots available; register before event. Entry $10/$8 concession paid at door (mobile Eftpos available). See or

July 3:             Words Flow – Spoken Word and Poetry. Open mic sign-up from 7pm for 8pm start, 10pm finish. Free entry, bucket donations encouraged. Hosted by Marty Bright (aka Howling Heart). Blue Fig Bar, 112 Enmore Road, Enmore, Sydney. Walk Newtown station; King St/Enmore Rd buses. Email or see

July 7:             Poetry Sydney and Art Gallery of NSW presents The Brett Whiteley Readings: Aural Anthology – The Annual Open Reading. Poets interested in participating should email 2pm-3pm, Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Free entry. Access via buses, walk Central Station, limited parking nearby. See or

July 11:           Cuplet #12 Hosted by Cuplet Poetry Night and The Beaumont Hamilton. Hosted by Claire Albrecht. 7pm-9.30pm, 70 Beaumont St, Newcastle, NSW. See for more details.


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JUNE (opening):  Cordite Journal Issue 93: PEACH, with poetry guest-edited by George Mouratidis, Ling Toong, Lucy Van. Submit up to 3 poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete). See 

JUNE (ongoing):  The Big Issue Magazine. Poems up to 150 words for the ‘Streetsheet’ page from anyone who has experienced homelessness, marginalisation or disadvantage. Details: or email

JUNE (opening):   The Helen Ann Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2019. $7,000 cash prize and publication with Vagabond Press for a collection of poems (50 – 80 pages) by an Australian woman poet over the age of 18. For entry and thematic guidelines see 

JUNE (opening):    Rabbit Journal. Call for up to 3 poems for Issue 29: Lineages, to be guest co-edited by Chi Tran and Matthew Hall. For more information on submission format, see:

JUNE 18 (closing):   Meanjin Journal. Submit up to three poems. Poems for consideration (including translations in English) must be unpublished. See for further details. 

JUNE 24 (closing):  Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship at the Charles Perkins Centre. Australian creative writers are invited to apply for the University of Sydney’s $100,000 grant for a project exploring issues around health. See 

JUNE 30 (closing, midnight):  Inner West Council Arts and Culture Grants: Individual Artist Grants. Up to $7,500 to fund individual artists, groups or arts organisations for projects/the production and presentation of new creative work. See:  

JUNE 30 (closing):  KSP Writers’ Centre 2020 Residency Program – Established Writers. One position available for a residency in the Perth Hills region, Western Australia, open to established Australian or international writers. See for details on this and other residencies: Emerging Writers (deadline July 28) and Next Gen (deadline August 25).

JULY 8 (opening):  The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants: Round 3, 2019. Grants up to $10,000 to help emerging and early career artists with international professional development opportunities. Closes 10th September 2019. More details:

JULY 12 (closing, 5pm):  The Next Chapter: The Wheeler Centre Support Scheme. $15,000 grants to assist writers of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction or graphic novels to develop their own work. Free entry, for Australian citizens. For guidelines, see 

JULY 31 (closing):   Newcastle Writers Festival 2020. Call for submissions from established or emerging writers interested in launching their books, hosting masterclasses and presentations, etc. For guidelines on how to apply, see:

And last but definitely not least ….


JUNE 21 (closing, 5pm):  CHASS Australia 2019 Prizes. Nominations now open for four categories of prizes to honour achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sector, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. For more details, see

AUGUST 13 (closing):          The $18,000 Fair Australia Prize. Multiple categories, including poetry, members’ section and more. Poems up to 88 lines, with publication in Overland Journal 233. Free entry. For more details on themes and guidelines, see