Welcome to NVQ

Issue 6, March 2020 will be open for submissions 1 December 2019.

The provocation is – it’s up to you.
Check out our thoughts and the key dates.

Current issue 5 – ‘Earth Poems’

Rachel Carson, c1940. US Fish and Wildlife Service, from Wikipedia.

Edited by Sandra Renew, Moya Pacey and Tricia Dearborn

Published September 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 6, March 2020 will open for submissions in December 2019. We will post the theme and provocation on our website in November 2019.

News & reviews

Launch of Issue 5: Monday, 21 October 2019, at Smith’s Alternative, Alinga Street, Canberra, 7–9 pm.

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.

Issue 5, 21 September 2019. Read Issue 5.


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.