Bareknuckle Poet ~ Journal of Letters ISSN 2204 – 0420.
(Formerly Retort Magazine) We favour the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle and the avant-garde over backward walking.
Archived by the National Library of Australia our imprint Bareknuckle Books publishes an annual print anthology of writing previously appearing in the journal.
Publishing on a semi-regular itinerary, we welcome submissions all year round.
“For those who protest that most of these thousands of journals can be dismissed as marginal—that we need pay attention to only a handful of “prestigious” ones, like Poetry and The New Yorker-—may I suggest that there could be a few Blakes or Dickinsons swimming with the guppies in that wide prosodic sea? If a truly titanic poet were to appear, wouldn’t one of the less visible but more adventuresome journals—-Retort Magazine, say (“we favor the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle, the avant-garde over backward walking”)—be more likely to be his or her publisher than would status-conscious professional journals like Ploughshares and American Poetry Review?”
– David Alpaugh, The New Math of Poetry, The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington D.C, U.S.A Feb 21, 2010
All works published by Bareknuckle Poet are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Submit visual works here.
- graphic poetry (.jpg, .png, .gif, etc)
- Spoken word (video - please upload your film to youtube or vimeo and submit the URL *don't attach your raw file)
- Instagram poems (we'll embed if your profile is public so submit the URLs of your works)
Bareknuckle Poet Anthology 2018 Best Australian Writing with award winning author Venero Armanno in the ring as short fiction editor is now open for submissions of short fiction, creative/non-fiction, essays and poetry. 2018 is Bareknuckle Poet’s third print anthology and will be published in November filling the gap left by the demise of the ‘Best Australian…’ series previously published by Black Inc. We don’t like ‘themes’ but each year we dedicate an issue to one of Bareknuckle Poet’s favourite writers to coincide with the anniversary of their most important works, or on the year they left us.
Considering the constraint of publishing a ‘Best Australian Writing’ edition this year the editorial board has concluded that we are calling for texts that are written both ‘from’ and ‘in’ this country. Submissions for this issue are restricted to the following: Australian citizens, residents of Australia, and refugees incarcerated by Australia.
For possible inclusion for 2018 work must be contributed to and published by Bareknuckle Poet online between the dates of March 21st & September 1st 2018.
*Note ~ Submissions here to the print Anthology that are accepted will be first published online to fulfil Bareknuckle Poet's open access policy. Submissions published online will be considered for the print anthology. Your work published online is considered the 'longlist' and is no guarantee that your work will appear in the print anthology. Submissions in this category will appear labelled online as *LONGLIST: Bareknuckle Poet Anthology 2018 Best Australian Writing*. Submissions to this category close September 1st, 2018 and our guest editors will select 'the best' . In early November we will publish a list of the authors/works that will appear in the print anthology.
Please submit no more than five of your best previously unpublished poems. You will receive a reply, but please be patient. We receive large numbers of poems for consideration. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please inform us if your poem/poems are published elsewhere before you hear from us.
If your poetry is visual, please submit under the Visual Poetry category.
Submissions of Spoken Word, Film and Music are welcome.Obviously this category is for exclusive publication on our website. If you are going to submit a film upload it to youtube and send us the URL as your submission. Music/spoken word should be mp3 and no larger than 10mb if you can help it.
The book review process is tedious.
- The journal receives books from authors/publicists/publishers/everyone one else involved.
- Conflict of interest is discounted because there is no guarantee the publication will be reviewed favourably.
- The journal has a stack of boxes of books waiting to be reviewed.
- The journal publishes a list of books hoping an interested party will peruse the list and find one they like.
- The journal gets robbed by Australia Post.
- Eventually the review arrives, often months, if not a year, after the book was published.
- This is of little use to the author who has an entirely new book now, or to the journal who has content that is essentially a year out of date.
Bareknuckle Poet is trying something different. We want reviews of what is accessible, now, online. Most authors/poets are very busy promoting/publishing their work on the internet, either aiming to attract the attention of agents/publishers or to promote a newly published book. We figure paying some extra attention to their work in real time can only be beneficial to both of these aims, even if the press is bad.
Bad press is a myth, remember.
We will begin with the following:
✓ Poetry: PROFILE THE POET and then review their works online, either in other journals or the authors blog/website (yes, instagram poets are acceptable) Include references (not necessarily academic) to where you read the work in the form of URLs.
✓ Spoken Word: PROFILE THE POET and then review videos that contain a vocal track of the poet performing/reading their own work (youtube, vimeo, etc. Audio only is passe; if it's an original vocal recording by yourself make it into a video with at least moving images of the author or their words) Please include with the text review a url to the video so we may embed
Constraint: Max words - 1000
We also welcome interviews, editorial pieces, op-eds, book reviews and reviews in general.
Video interviews or text interview submissions shoud be accompanied by relevant photographs or other imagery.