Welcome to NVQ

Issue 7 – Memoir

just published 14 September 2020

Image a woman, eyes closed, under water with hair flowing out with the current.

‘Whatevahappentu Wiimpatji Noongu (Barkindji Woman)’ by Teena McCarthy.Read issue 7


Read Issue 7 – Memoir

Listen to some of the poets reading their poems
Issue 7 virtual mic

Provocation – Issue 8 – Mask

Check out the provocation for our next issue.

Open for submissions: 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021. To be published in March 2021.

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.


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.

Issue 7, 14 September 2020. Read Issue 7.

Virtual mic

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

Issue 7, 14 September 2020 – virtual mic. Listen to Issue 7 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.