Issue 1 submissions close 1 July 2017
Theme for the first issue
‘ … we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled, we will work for a world in which all countries are connected. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in connections. We are at one with each other, we are looking at each other, not up. No more asking daddy.’
Gloria Steinem, Women’s March Speech, Washington, DC, 21 January 2017.
Use the quote as a prompt, a provocation, a reminder note, a tease, a dissonance, for your writing. Use all of it as a theme, an idea, a concept, a dilemma, a contradiction; or use part of it, or just one word …
We will be waiting to read the poetry you write in response.
Our first interest is in submissions generated by Gloria Steinem’s words but poems on other relevant subjects may be considered.
Publication date – Issue 1
Issue 1 will be published in the southern hemisphere spring on 1 September 2017.
Opening and closing dates – timezone
Dates and times for Not Very Quiet are in the Australian eastern timezone (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne).
Our submission policy
What forms of poetry do we accept for Not Very Quiet?
We seek to publish in the intersection of women and poetry. We are looking for writing that is questioning and exploratory – social commentary, exploration of places and people, the relation of these to the poets.
Just as the content of or provocation for writing may be fluid and responsive, so the form can be flexible even useful. Poets write and experiment with many different poetic forms; so, Not Very Quiet will accept a wide variety of forms.
Our first rule is that the words and the white space on the page convey meaning and emphasis. We are looking for poetry that communicates. We do not want poetry that is obfuscative or impenetrable.
We are open to all forms including:
- Page poetry (including that which plays with space and line)
- Found poetry
- Ekphrastic (responsive to other art forms)
- Prose poetry
- Tanka and other short form poetry including senryu, kyoka, haiku
- Haibun and tanka prose
- Formal rhymed forms
- Song lyrics
- Performance poetry
- Speculative poetry
- Free verse
If you are writing in response to an art work you must fully acknowledge the piece and the artist.
If you are creating from ‘found poetry’ which may include text from a variety of sources such as: washing machine instructions, newspaper articles, advertising, etc then you must fully acknowledge the source. You must have acquired all permissions, where relevant, to that sentence.
If your found text is a poem then the correct term for this is a ‘cento’ you must fully acknowledge the source (poet, poem, lines, publication details).
Your poems should be shorter than you first thought. They should be finely edited so every excess word, phrase, stanza is deleted. Shorter is better.
- We will accept work from a haiku to a prose poem.
- Poems should be max 32 lines at 1.5 spacing
- Prose poems should be max 250–300 words.
Send one to three pieces for us to read in each submission period. No more please.
We can’t pay for poems we accept at the moment but we hope that this may change.
Originality and copyright
In submitting to Not Very Quiet you are guaranteeing that your submitted work is original, unpublished (anywhere, anytime, anyhow) and not under consideration elsewhere.
Submissions should include a short biographical statement (approximately 50 words).