Taking your poetry places: Wordfood & Australian Poetry Journal

Last night, I took my poetry to a place I never could have imagined… the opening night of the 2011 ICOMS Asset Management Conference. The experience was brilliant! Performing in front of hundreds of people gathered in the main hall of the Gold Cast Convention Centre, people who were not your average poetry going audience, was an absolute buzz. There was a beautiful stillness in the crowd and the faces looking back were smiling and nodding as I told stories and read poems about the gorgeous coastline and my family. It was a chance for my poetryto travel and it travelled well.

So if you are looking for ways to make your poetry travel, here are two great opportunities… the Wordfood Applications close this Friday, so get cracking!


WordFood Expressions of interest closing this Friday 20th
Online expressions of interest for the WordFood Spoken Word & Slam Showcase that runs as part of the Woodford Folk Festival each year close this Friday 20th May. This is like a “mini word festival” within Australia’s largest and truly electric arts festival. Previous performers on the WordFood bill have included the likes of Sean M Whelan, Bedroom Philosopher, Eddy Burger, Adam Hadley, Tessa Leon, Amy Boddassian, Crazy Elf, Miles Merrill, Bravo Child, Emilie Zoe Baker, Matt Hetherington, Sezsu, Maiden Speech, Nathan Shepherdson, Golden Virtues & Graham Nunn.
This year WordFood will be running two showcases: one in a large music/cabaret venue for spoken word / performance poetry / slam; the other in a very small intimate tent called Words for One featuring solo readings by page/contemporary/haiku poets. Artists that have been before are more than welcome to apply again this year.
You have to set your own fee for this festival. As the website states: “We invite you to enter your proposed fee, an amount you are prepared to perform for without feeling compromised. Please understand that averaging more than 1500 proposals we do not get the time to negotiate or haggle the fee” To give you a guide, realistic fees for the WordFood events would be $600-$1200 max performance poets for 2-4 x sets and $300-$500 max page/contemporary poets for 1-2 sets. This is approx $250-$300 a performance. SE QLD poets can also choose to apply for a festival pass only (worth $400). 
Remember, applications close this Friday 20th May at 5pm:  www.woodfordfolkfestival.com


Australian Poetry Journal: SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

We are now seeking poetry submissions for the new Australian Poetry Journal. The closing date for the first issue is 4 July 2011.

Submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form and sent via post or email:

BY POST – to Submission – Australian Poetry Journal PO Box 21082 Little Lonsdale Street VIC 8011. Manuscripts will not be returned.

BY EMAIL – to victoria@australianpoetry.org with the subject title Submission – Australian Poetry Journal. The entry form is to be completed and sent as an attachment to the email.

Submission forms can be downloaded here: as a pdf or as a word doc.

Poems previously published (in hardcopy or online) will not be accepted.
Entries should not be on offer to other publications or competitions at the time of submission.

There is a maximum submission of 5 poems per writer per issue. The closing date for the first issue is 4 July 2011. Entries postmarked 4 July 2011 are acceptable. Late entries will not be considered.

Writers will be notified of the results via email. If you do not have an email address, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your postal submission.



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One response to “Taking your poetry places: Wordfood & Australian Poetry Journal

  1. Haha – that must have been some experience at that conference (completely out of the box for a poetry recitation). Very exciting about the new journal.

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