Welcome to NVQ

Issue 7 – Memoir
will be published in September 2020

Issue 7 submissions closed 31 July 2020

View Issue 7 provocation


Read our latest issue
Issue 6, March 2020

We had a open theme. Poets wrote on whatever interested them. We hope you enjoy our latest issue.

Check out Issue 6

See also – NVQ virtual mic

We are launching a new audio feature with this issue. Hear some of the poets reading their poems in Issue 6.

Check out Issue 6 – virtual mic


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.

News & reviews

Monthly event – cancelled until further notice
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!


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.

Issue 5, 21 September 2019. Read Issue 5.

Issue 6, 30 March 2020. Read Issue 6.

Virtual mic

Issue 6, 30 March 2020 – virtual mic. Listen to virtual mic.


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.