There is no single generation of feminism living in Australia. The editors of this anthology came of age under the slogan, “Girls can do anything!” and studied amongst the poetry of Gig Ryan, Ania Walwicz, Judith Wright and Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Now we write and teach in the wake of Gillard’s misogyny speech and the SlutWalk movement.
How is the complex discussion and realisation of gender equality playing itself out in contemporary poetry in Australia? What spectrum of feminist politics can be heard there? And what is a ‘feminist poem’ – how many kinds of what John Kinsella would call ‘performative activism’? Would you even know it if you saw one? Is a current, local feminist poetics represented in form, voice, content, or all at once?
Following from a strong tradition of Australian women’s writing anthologies and feminist journals, the editors of this new anthology seek to explore the ever-evolving terrain of feminist poetics by opening the conversation to all voices.
We are calling for submissions of unpublished poems that offer poetic responses to these questions. We want poems that determine and challenge what contemporary feminist poetry and poetics might be. We are looking for diversity and imagination, and for poems that make exciting engagements with form and voice.
There is no restriction on the sex, age or literary profile of contributors. Authors should be writing in or from Australia, or be Australian citizens living anywhere in the world. Please submit 1-3 poems only. Submissions should be by email attachment only. Attachments should be a single doc, docx or rtf file. PDFs and Pages documents will not be read. Unfortunately the resources of this publication mean that only written text poems can be accepted (no sound or video files, please).
Please include a cover sheet in your submission attachment. The cover sheet needs to provide the author’s name, a 50-word biography and full contact details.
Email submissions to: email@example.com
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2015