Welcome to NVQ

Next Issue 5 – Earth poems

Submissions closed: 31 July 2019
Publication date: mid-September 2019

Current issue 4 – ‘Performing gender’

Tile of nine photos.

Edited by Sandra Renew, Moya Pacey and K A Nelson

Published March 2019

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About Not Very Quiet

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: Issue 5, September 2019 will open for submissions in July 2019. We will post the theme and provocation on our website in April/May 2019.

News & reviews

Theme for Issue 5

Check out Earth poems – our theme for the next issue.

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!

Poetry nights start 14 January 2019.


Issue 1, 25 September 2017. Read Issue 1.

Issue 2, 19 March 2018. Read Issue 2.

Issue 3, 16 September 2018. Read Issue 3.

Issue 4, 14 March 2019. Read Issue 4.


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.