Issue 4 is now open for submissions
1–31 January 2019

Each issue of Not Very Quiet begins with quote and/or image 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.

See Issue 4 theme and provocation

Submission guidelines and policies

Please read these guidelines before you submit.

Key dates for upcoming issues in 2019

Dates and times for Not Very Quiet are in the Australian eastern time zone (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne).

Autumn issue 4 – March 2019

  • provocation available from November 2018
  • accepting submissions 1–31 January 2019
  • publication March 2019

Spring issue 5 – September 2019

  • provocation available from 30 April 2019
  • accepting submissions 1–31 July 2019
  • publication mid-September 2019

What we’re looking for

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.


What forms of poetry do we accept for Not Very Quiet? 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
  • Landay
  • Tanka and other short form poetry including senryu, kyoka, haiku
  • Haibun and tanka prose
  • Lyric
  • 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.
  • We can accommodate a line length of 84 characters (including spaces).  Longer lines will wrap automatically.
  • Prose poems should be max 250–300 words.

Send one to three pieces for us to read in each submission period. No more please.

Note: although we have a strong preference for the length indicated above, we reserve the right to select longer pieces on occasion.


English – we accept poetry in all Englishes and will keep US, UK and Australian spellings as submitted by the poet.

We do not publish poetry with pornographic descriptions of sex or violence; or poetry that vilifies or demeans anyone.

Legal stuff

Blind submission process

We review and select submissions for publications using a ‘blind’ selection process. This means that you should not put your name anywhere in the file you upload – not in the text itself, not in the filename.

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.


We will notify authors of acceptance of their work(s) for publication within a few weeks of the closing date and request that authors reply with a formal agreement to our terms and conditions.

The editors’ selection is final. NVQ does not provide authors with feedback or critical review.

You will be asked to agree to NVQ’s terms and conditions via Submittable.

Terms and conditions of publication

Not Very Quiet seeks online publication rights in perpetuity. We request that authors acknowledge Not Very Quiet in any subsequent publications (e.g. First published in Not Very Quiet, Month Year,


We can’t pay for poems we accept at the moment but we hope that this may change.


We cannot accept poetry from poets under 18 years old.

Your biographical statement

Submissions should include a short biographical statement (approximately 50 words).

Reference style in bio

If your Bio includes references to your previous publications please use the following styles.

  • For a collection: Collection Title (Publisher Name year). For example, Who Sleeps at Night? (Ginninderra Press 2017).
  • For a single poem in a book or journal: ‘Poem title’, Book or Journal Title (Publisher Name year). For example, ‘Leavetaking’, Black Tulips (Recent Work Press 2017).

Note that we may make minor copy edits to the bio notes.

Page proofs

We provide online page proofs to authors about a week before the scheduled publication date.

But please proof submissions carefully.


We will make every effort to maintain the formatting you indicate in your submission, including:

  • caps (or lack thereof) in the title and/or text
  • indented paragraphs
  • centred paragraphs or right-aligned paragraphs
  • italics and bold

BUT, we are limited by the styles available through the website software. We cannot create extra space within lines or unusual white space between lines. We do not have the same level of control that print on paper affords.

Special characters
  • Most special characters can be reproduced in the text of a poem.
  • Special cannot be reproduced in the title field.

Submitting your poem/s via Submittable

We use Submittable, an online submission portal used by publishers worldwide.


Our Submittable account is only active during the months when we are seeking submissions and preparing the forthcoming issue. Normally this will be January–February for our March issue and July–August for our September issue. To save money, we de-activate Submittable during the other months.

Go to our Submittable page

New to Submittable?

If you haven’t used Submittable before, it’s a professional online tool used by publishers to manage the submission and review process.

Once you have a Submittable account (free to authors) you can use your account to submit to our journal and a wide range of others.


If you have a disability and are unable to use Submittable, we will accept submissions via the email Your submission will be uploaded to Submittable by our website manager for blind review.

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