CWR210: Poetry: The next step

chickenpoetblogSo my tutor has been really helpful in compiling ideas for getting poetry published and I thought I’d put them together here. I’m really going to miss this unit. I’ve really enjoyed being creative rather than academic for a change!

I’m also going to really miss reading the other poetry of my peers. There’s something so eloquent about reading the pains of a newbie at their craft. Some shine, and others don’t, but even in their abuse of the craft, honesty and hard work glimmer through. I think that’s one of the things I like most about this genre. You can tell when somebody is ‘imagining a poem’ rather than actually ‘being in the poem’.

Start here:

  • join your State Writers Centre. There is one in every state and they provide an invaluable resource for writers of all levels and experience; giving writers list of opportunities and events, workshops and masterclasses, support and advice. ( QLD | QLD on Facebook )
  • enter as many competitions that you can
  • attend writer and poetry festivals all over Australia ( BNE )

Poetry Competition Entry Ideas:

Call for entries: The Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Poetry Prize

The inaugural Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Poetry Prize will be awarded in 2013 by Manning Clark House and Luke Whitington, son of Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman, to an emerging Australian poet.
Prize: The best entrant will receive a two week writing residency and poetry reading at Manning Clark House in Canberra, a two week residency at a castle in Westmeath, Ireland, and AUD$1000.
Judges:  Kathy Kituai, Geoff Page and Mark O’Connor.

Submissions: We are looking for original and engaging poetry, in all genres and styles, that exhibits significant potential.

Submissions should consist of between 3 and 5 formatted poems and a short CV (Only one entry per person). Please add your name and address to each page (pages should also be numbered).

Submissions can be sent by email (doc or pdf attachments only, with “Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Prize” as the subject) to, or by post to:
Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Prize,
Manning Clark House,
PO Box 3096,
Manuka, ACT 2603.
Eligibility: Entries are invited from emerging poets who are: (1) Australian citizens, (2) early-career, (who has not yet published a full-length collection of poems), (3) willing and able to read poems publically at MCH and possibly in Ireland, (4) willing and able to engage with the poetry community at readings or other MCH events. No age restrictions apply. Employees or Committee Members of Manning Clark House or relatives of the Drake-Brockman family are excluded from this competition.

Deadline: Applications close February 28, 2013

Entry Fee: AUD$20.00 Payment must be included with all submissions. Please enclose a cheque or money order payable to ‘Manning Clark House Inc.’ or, for credit card payment, please complete the following and enclose it with your entry.

Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships.

WB Yeats Poetry Prize (Aus)

Max Harris Poetry Award:

Hallmark Competitions (USA)

Other Places to Consider

Gap Toothed Madness:


Penguin Books:

Google Search:

Miracle E-zine: Miracle e-zine accepts submissions around the year.
There is as such no preferred genre , we love to read anything that is surreal, beyond the usual and something that takes one to the world of imagination. We are looking for submissions in poetry, short-fiction, non-fiction, flash-fiction, book reviews, author interviews, blog posts and art works. Works in progress  and simultaneous submissions are welcome but must be marked as such.

Please send no more than 3-6 poems or 2 short stories (word limit-not more than 3500 words) at a time. Please e-mail your submissions to with a short bio-sketch of your writing life written in third person. We aim to respond you within 2-3 weeks and if your work is selected, we”ll let you know.

It is suggested that you have a look at the previous issues to have an idea of kind of work we like.

​Note: Your submissions should be pasted in the e-mail itself or should be attached in the “.doc” format only.

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