Submissions: open 7 July 2022. They close at 11:59pm 7 August 2022.

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Jacinta Le Plastrier



Published with the support of Australia Council for the Arts Projects Grant 2022 and Creative Victoria multi-year funding. Designer is Sophie Gaur.



Formal Guidelines

  • Submissions sent outside the set reading date will not be read or considered.
  • Australian poets, whether based in Australia or overseas, are invited to submit, via, up to three poems. A bio of 50-100 words must be included. Only three poems will be considered by any one poet so please do not submit more. The bio should include your contact (phone, postal address, email) details.
  • Poems can be both previously published and unpublished, but need to have been published and/or written between 1 July 2021 and 7 August 2022.
  • Poets are able to simultaneously submit to BoAP and other AP publications. This is to cover the event that a poem, for eg., might appear in both an AP subscriber publication, and BoAP, but without there being any conflict of interest as poems are chosen by the editor/s on merit and there is no advantage given to subscribers. Poems will also be selected from this time period as published by Australia’s incredible poetry publishing sector – its other 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.
  • We are committed to prompt turnaround on the reading of poems. Published poems, selected from submissions, will be paid at $80 flat rate per poem (new current ASA rate). Acceptance notices only will be sent, as is standard procedure with notification expected in late August / early September. Publication date has been set for 1 December 2022. An event will again be presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre on 29 November.
  • AP requires that the use of any other work by another author in a submitted poem is clearly acknowledged and cited. The responsibility for this remains with the poet.

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her poetry, short stories, critique and essays have been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation Australian Poetry Journal, Antipodes, Overland and the Sydney Review of Books. Jeanine has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction.  Jeanine was the recipient of the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize, and she has won the Oodgeroo Noonucal Prize for Poetry twice (2017 & 2019. She was the 2019 recipient of the Red Room Poetry Fellowship for her project called Voicing the Unsettled Space: Rewriting the Colonial Mythscape. Jeanine teaches Creative Writing and Aboriginal Literature at the University of Melbourne. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowship for a project called ‘Aboriginal Writing: Shaping the literary and cultural history of Australia, since 1988’ (2014-2018); and a second ARC grant that looks at Indigenous Storytelling and the Archive 2020-2024). In 2020 Jeanine edited Guwayu – for all times – a collection of First Nations Poetry commissioned by Red Room Poetry and published by Magabala Books.  In 2021 she was the recipient of the School of Literature Art and Media (SLAM) Poetry Prize University of Sydney; and runner up in the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest.

Judith Beveridge is the author of several poetry collections, including The Domesticity of Giraffes (1987); Accidental Grace (1996), which won the Wesley Michel Wright Award; Wolf Notes (2003), which won the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award; Storm and Honey (2009); and Sun Music: New and Selected Poems (2018) which won the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. Beveridge edited The Best Australian Poetry 2006 and coedited, with Jill Jones and Louise Wakeling, A Parachute of Blue: First Choice of Australian Poets (1995).

Beveridge’s additional honors include the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, the New South Wales Premier’s Award, the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, and the Christopher Brennan Award for excellence in literature. Beveridge served as poetry editor of the literary magazine Meanjin and has taught at Newcastle and Sydney Universities.