Welcome to NVQ

Issue 3 is now live … check it out!

And, if you happen to be in Canberra, Australia on 29 October, join us to launch the issue at Smith’s Alternative.

Not Very Quiet is a new twice yearly online journal for women poets of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to publish their work.

We believe it’s more important than ever to provide a platform to extend the range and breadth of poetry written by women so as to encourage and strengthen its impact.

We are looking for poetry that has heart and is memorable. We welcome wit and humour. We support poems that try out something new, that break through a barrier.

Next issue

We will call for submissions for Issue 4 in early 2019. The provocation will be available on this site from early November 2018.

News & reviews

Monthly event
Women’s poetry evenings. Our editors host a monthly poetry evening – the third Monday of the month at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra. Featured poets plus open mic. Join us!

Latest review
Read Anita Patel’s review of Autonomy, a new collection of women’s poetry edited by Kathy D’Arcy


Issue 1 was launched 25 September 2017. Read Issue 1.

Issue 2 was launched 19 March 2018. Read Issue 2.

Issue 3 was published 16 September 2018. Read Issue 3.


We use a blind review process through Submittable. See Submissions for information about the theme of the next issue.

If you are unable to use Submittable, we will accept submissions via the email nvq.accessibility@gmail.com. Your submission will be uploaded to Submittable by our website manager for blind review.