Call for submissions – Issue 3

One month only 1–31 July 2018
(opens on Submittable at midnight 30 June 2018)

Check out the provocation and submission guidelines before you submit.


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.

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!

News. Provocation for Issue 3 published 30 April 2018. NVQ will be open for submissions 1–31 July 2018.

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.


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.

Image: The ancient Hindu goddess, Kali. Find out why Anita Patel selected this image for Issue 2.