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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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Arts QLD Poetry Awards

It’s that time of year again! Arts QLD in association with QLD Poetry Festival are again proud to present the prestigious Val Vallis Award and Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. See below for full details.


Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry

This prestigious prize is committed to encouraging emerging poets throughout Australia. Entrants may submit up to three poems per entry, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and a separate entry fee. 1st prize is $1,000 plus one week fully paid at Varuna Writers House; 2nd prize is $500; 3rd prize is $250. Deadline is 5pm, 6 July. Visit www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com and click on the awards page for guidelines and entry forms or contact qldpoetry@gmail.com or phone 07 3842 9990.

Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Committed to encouraging emerging Queensland poets and now in its 8th year. This prize, for an unpublished poetry manuscript, comes with a total prize money of $3,000. Deadline is 5pm, 13 July.   Visit www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com and click on the awards page for guidelines and an entry form. Alternatively, email qldpoetry@gmail.com or phone 07 3842 9990.

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Poetry Opportunities

As the lights go down on another working week, it’s a fine time to explore some of the poetic opportunities that are currently in orbit.


Reason-Brisbane Poetry Prize

This is the competition’s seventh year and in 2010 it is open to budding and established writers across Australia. Open theme. Prizes: 1st $1500, 2nd $500, 3rd $300. Ross Gillett, multi-award winning poet, will judge the entries and winners will be announced at the morning poetry event of Words in Winter, Daylesford on 14 August. For guidelines, see <www.daylesfordonline.com/poetryprize> or send a SSAE to Rules, PO Box 545, Daylesford, VIC 3460.

Closing Date: July 2


Best Australian Poems 2010

Submissions are now being accepted for Black Inc.’s, The Best Australian Poems 2010, edited by Robert Adamson. The 2009 anthology was stunning so this is well worth checking out. Full submission details are available here: http://www.bestaustralianwriting.com.au/2010_submissions.pdf  


Going Down Swinging

Submissions for the 30th anniversary issue of Going Down Swinging close at the end of the month. So to be part of one of the coolest lit journals on the planet visit: http://goingdownswinging.org.au/

May your words all find good homes…

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Out of the water…

This Lost Shark will be out of the water for a few days… but before I go, here’s a couple of poetry opportunities worth exploring.

So, pens out, blue ink and let’s get the cameras rolling!

1. PressPress Chapbook Award: The PressPress Chapbook Award is for an unpublished chapbook length manuscript of poems. The winning manuscript will receive $600 and chapbook publication with PressPress. The Award will be announced in July 2010 on the PressPress site.

2. Poetry in Film Festival: Australian Poetry Centre and Palace Cinemas have teamed up to host the Poetry in Film Festival. Artists are invited to produce a short film in response to Libby Hart’s poem, The Briefcase Phenomenon. Deadline for entry is August 2, 2010.

And if you are in need of a bit of poetry in your life this weekend, why not check out Poetica’s recent feature on Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

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