Submissions for APJ 8.2 are currently open 

Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 – ‘spoken’

Guest edited by Andrew Galan and David Stavanger

(Publication date December 2018)

Submissions: open 15 August 2018 and close 11.59 PM AEST 1 October 2018. 

The publication date for Australian Poetry Journal 8.1 (edited by Gig Ryan) is currently scheduled for 2 September 2018.

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When offered a choice between any two things, always take both… This is a call-out from the margins as we widen the doors of APJ for submissions of performative text and spoken word, work written for the stage that works on the page. Work glowing red with heat so that you stay up all night! Stare that hotel clerk in the eye! Nothing is perfect, we want words that go more than two ways and that reach for you after you’ve built the creature, that don’t stop at the finish line, that force the judge’s hands.                             All voices welcome.

– David Stavanger & Andrew Galan, APJ 8.2 poetry guest editors

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

  • 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 will be contacted in the week of 29 October 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 in print and not currently submitted elsewhere.
  • 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.

Andrew Galan (ACT) is an internationally published poet and co-produces renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. His latest collection, For All The Veronicas: The Dog Who Staid (Bareknuckle Books), won a 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Award. That Place of Infested Roads: Life During Wartime (KF&S Press) is his first book. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in the Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Nuovi Argomenti, Cordite Poetry Review and more.

David Stavanger (NSW) is a poet, performer, and cultural producer. He won the 2013 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP, 2014), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) during which he set-up the XYZ Prize for Spoken Word. He is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy, as well being at the forefront of establishing poetry slam in Queensland and spoken word at Woodford Folk Festival. These days he lives between the stage and the page.