Two girls dancing

Not Very Quiet is a new twice yearly online journal which aims to offer an opportunity for more 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.

Our first issue is now live

Issue 1 was launched 25 September 2017 at Smiths Alternative. Read Issue 1.

New on our website – News & reviews

Read Anita Patel’s review of Found in Translation, a performance by four Japanese women poets at Crossing Boundaries, International Poetry Studies Institute.

Why do we want to publish a new journal?

Our venture is a response to many things that we and other women poets have experienced over time – the number of rejections, the lack of journals to send to, the need for more readers and the need to share women’s work with a wider audience.

When we read Carol Jenkin’s article late last year in Australian Poetry Journal (6:1), ‘A response to A Gander @ Gender and Age: The Demographics of Contemporary Australian Poetry’, we were convinced by her careful research and analysis that there is still a gender bias operating in the poetry publishing world. This journal hopes to ‘do better and be better off for it …’ (p. 19).

Recent world events have provided the final impetus. In the words of Gloria Steinem: ‘Women must act’.

Not Very Quiet is our choice of action and our way of doing better. We will provide a space for women’s poetry that responds to a wide range of concerns, genres and approaches.

Our first edition is edited by Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew, but thereafter we will invite a Guest Editor to select the submissions for each issue.

We use a blind review process through Submittable.

Accessibility: 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 credit: Mural installation in Uki, New South Wales, by Marie France Rose (mariefranceart.wordpress.com). Find out why we selected this image.