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.

What forms?

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).

How long?

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.

Note: we take the length limits seriously and will not publish longer pieces.


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


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.

Biographical statement

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

If you refer to your previous publications please use the style: book or journal title (publisher name year). For example, Who Sleeps at Night? (Ginninderra Press 2016).

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


We will make every effort to maintain the formatting in the original submission, including:

  • caps (or lack thereof) in the title
  • long spaces or gaps in lines
  • indented lines

BUT, please be aware that we are limited by the styles available through the website software and do not have the same level of control that print on paper affords.

Page proofs

We will not provide page proofs in the traditional sense of print publications, BUT we will send the link to the forthcoming issue to authors several days before publicising the issue. If there are any errors we will fix them. HOWEVER, we will not make editorial improvements at that stage.

We encourage authors to proof their submissions carefully before uploading them to Submittable.



If you 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.