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New Poems in Shamrock haiku journal

A little while back, I was invited to contribute to the 10th anniversary issue of UK Magazine, Open Wide. It is always a thrill to have my work published in the pages of Open Wide, but being invited makes things extra special.

Issue 25, the 10th Anniversary Issue, is out now and is bursting with ninety-four pages of writing from forty-three of the editor’s favourite contributors from the last ten years including A.D. Winans, Arlene Ang, justin.barrett, James D. Quinton, Owen Roberts, John G. Hall and this Lost Shark (feeling in very fine company here).

The magazine costs just £5 (plus £1.00 P&P for UK buyers – P&P for Europe is £2.00 and the rest of the world is £3.00). It can be purchased only via paypal, which accepts all major credit/debit cards. You can follow this link – www.openwidemagazine.co.uk/owmissues.htm.

As the editor’s say… ‘Miss it, miss out, and trust us, you don’t want to miss this one!’


The latest issue of Shamrock Haiku is also online and features a couple of my own poems alongside two members of the recent Ginko Group, Cindy Keong and Lee-Anne Davie. It is always good to be surrounded by friends…

You can read Issue #18 here.


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The publishing game…

WQ, the monthly magazine published by QLD Writers Centre never fails to come up with the goods… especially when it comes to tackling the job of submitting your poetry to journals and magazines.

Often I sit and look at my work and wonder where I will send it… and often by the time I have looked around, I have lost both the energy and enthusiasm for the job I sat down to do. Let’s face it, it’s a relatively daunting task.

But WQ, is one place that I can always turn for inspiration and the June issue is literally overflowing with it.

The article Big Game by Ronnie Scott (from The Lifted Brow) is so much more than just a good read. He has done his homework and it is homework that can pay off for you! In the article he looks at eight Australian literary magazines and journals, and presents you with information about how many submissions they receive, what there acceptance rate is, what they pay and importantly what each one is looking for – poetry, non-fiction, short fiction etc…

The magazines he looks at include:

Small Room

All of which could provide a home for your poetry! He also discusses the new Australia Council website – Literary Magazines Australia, which profiles 10 Australia Council funded magazines, including Heat, Meanjin, Island, Overland, Wet Ink and Southerly.

And to make this post even richer, I would urge anyone looking for a place to send their poems to also check out:

Red Leaves
Famous Reporter
Page Seventeen

This is not all encompassing but I hope it offers those looking to submit their work to print journals a good starting point. And hey, if you have any favourite places, drop their details in a comment… the more homes for poetry, the merrier!


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What have you done this Easter?

Jules and I have been working hard all day, merging our libraries into one ‘super-library’ located in our newly renovated Reading Room… We now have our complete library mapped out in the followwing sections:

Penguin Modern Poets
Gargoyle Poets Series
Australian Poets
(incl. Adamson, Tranter, Dransfield)
New Zealand Poets (incl. Hunt, Baker, Bornholdt)
Asian Poets (incl. Po, Un, Basho)
Russian Poets (incl. Yevtushenko, Voznesensky, Mayakovsky)
European Poets (incl. Neruda, Lorca, Ritsos)
American Poets (the Charles Bukowski & Diane Wakoski collections are mightily impressive)
Poetry Journals (incl. Island, Overland, Blue Dog, Versal, Rattapallax)
Beat Literature (everyone from Burroughs to Whalen)
Bob Dylan (yes he gets his own section!); and
Writing by Musicians (incl. Nick Cave, Willy Vlautin, Steve Kilbey)

Here’s a few pics to show the fruits of our days work!

So what did you do this Easter?


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