Following the successful release of our first issue of our ‘audio-journal’ spoken word album, Audacious, we have now opened submissions for the second issue of Audacious until midnight Monday, June 30. We are seeking submissions of audio recorded spoken word (in a .wav file) as well as submissions for photography or artwork for the front cover.

It is important to abide by the following guidelines when submitting and failure to do so, may result in us not considering your piece at all. It is also advised that you listen to the previous issue of Audacious and read two articles, one by myself, and one by Audacious’ sound engineer, Armand Petit on tips for good quality recording.

Submissions are made by the Submittable platform here. Artwork is submitted via a separate Submittable Page here. We do not accept submissions via email or other means.

  • Pieces for Audacious are selected from both commissioned artists or poets asked by the editor to record work as well as submissions for the open submission process. There is no guarantee on the amount of pieces selected from the open submission process.
  • Audio recordings must be submitted in .wav or wave format. We do not accept .mp3 files. This is to maintain the quality of the audio for editing and publishing purposes.
  • We accept work from not just Melbourne or Australia. Everyone is eligible to submit but we do have a bias toward work from inside of Melbourne or those who perform in the live poetry scene in Melbourne, both from open mic and feature poets.
  • Only one submission per artist or poet. We are a group of volunteers and do not have time to listen to four or five submissions from one poet. Submit us your best poem.
  • Poems must be no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Artwork and photography submitted must be the sole property of the author submitting.
  • Authors must submit a bio. Please do not use the bio field in the submission form for a cover letter or any other notes. Bio should be short. Around 100 words and in third person.
  • We have a preference for previously unpublished work. If you’ve performed it, that’s ok. We just prefer not to publish work that has already been published in written or recorded form.
  • Payment is a percentage of royalties from the first three months of sales of the issue.
Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. He grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where he's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. He's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP.
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