APJ 13.2 seeks work that engages with different types of desire, including but not limited to: the desire to connect, to look after Country, the desire for a future and for justice, freedom and health. Through this gathering of poems let’s fiercely examine ideas of attachment, allure, desirability, and yearning. What does it mean for desire to be shed, hidden or revealed?  Send us your pop manifestations, care activations, romantic texts and critiques of class and gendered structures. APJ 13.2 is searching for work that queers or otherwise disrupts form and considers desire in a way that gives power to bodies often forgotten in mainstream discourse. –Ellen van Neerven


Submissions Open: 29 April 2024–19 May 2024, 11:59PM (AEST).

Submission Form:   >>Click here for Wufoo form<<

or through the link here: https://apsubs.wufoo.com/forms/submit-to-apj-132-desire/

Information and enquiries

Submission / Wufoo Enquiries: Jennifer Nguyen, Editorial Assistant at jen.nguyen@australianpoetry.org

Overall enquiries: Jacinta Le Plastrier, Publisher at ceo@australianpoetry.org

Formal Guidelines

  • Submissions must be sent via an online Wufoo form found >>here<< (or via link: https://apsubs.wufoo.com/forms/s1axt0e0orrexz/)
  • Poets, both Australian-born or international, are invited to submit up to three poems.
  • All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and not currently submitted elsewhere.
  • All poems should appear in a single document, which should be uploaded in both Word and PDF format. The word and PDF should be titled ‘first name_last nameAPJ13.2’
  • Poets must also include a bio (third person, 50–100 words) and contact details (email, phone, mailing address) in their submission.
  • Successful submissions will be notified in June 2024.
  • Each poem selected for publication will be paid $80, in accordance with current ASA rates.
  • APJ 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.
  • Guest editor/s of APJ may approach a number of poets directly for submission to each volume.
  • Please specify for statistical purposes, if you are a subscriber to Australian Poetry. Poems are chosen by the editor/s based 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 (link: https://www.australianpoetry.org/subscribe/)


Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage.  They have authored two poetry collections, Throat and Comfort Food, one work of fiction, Heat and Light, and a essay collection called Personal Score, which received the 2024 Victorian Premier’s Prize for non-fiction.