The Australian Prose Poetry Anthology

In 2020 Melbourne University Press will be publishing an anthology of Australian prose poetry, edited by Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington, and entitled The Australian Prose Poetry Anthology. This anthology will chart the trajectory of the Australian prose poetry from its beginnings to the present day, and will include about 150 works. Cassandra and Paul now invite submissions from contemporary Australian prose poets for consideration for publication in the anthology.

Please note that all submissions MUST have been previously published in a journal, magazine, newspaper, anthology or volume of poetry (and please include these publication details in your submission). Previous publication in personal blogs or self-published collections do not meet the criteria for inclusion.

All prose poems submitted must be available for publication (i.e. the author must have all rights to the prose poem(s) or must submit a note from the relevant publisher and/or editor to state that the poem may be published in the anthology).

The editors cannot guarantee that prose poems accepted for the anthology will receive a publication fee, although they are currently making every effort to ensure that this will be possible.

Poets should submit no more than four prose poems for consideration by the editors and no more than three pages of work in total in a Word document (no PDFs please).

Excessively long submissions, or submissions of more than four poems, will not be read.

Please include a 50-word biographical note and your contact details, including address, email and phone number. All submissions should be emailed to by 1 March 2019. Poets who have prose poems selected for inclusion will be notified by 30 June 2019.

Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington