November 18, 2017

Airbnb Weekend appears in fourW twenty-eight launched at Wagga Wagga City Library by Ivy Alvarez. Another launch will follow at Gleebooks in Sydney by Michele Seminara on Saturday November 25.

‘We celebrate the wonderful contributions of poetry and prose by local, national, and international writers in this the twenty-eighth year of continuous publication of fourW.’ – David Gilbey

‘A treasure trove of new writing from Australian and international contributors. The fourW twenty-eight anthology features poetry and prose from award-winning authors as well as emerging writers. A feast of literary delights take the reader to new destinations with the turn of each page.’ – Michele Seminara

One of the oldest and most established anthologies in Australia, fourW is edited by David Gilbey and published by the Booranga Writers Centre at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales.

 

November 12, 2017

A Funeral; Where have you gone Valerie Solanas?, and Falling in Love appear in After the Cyclone: The New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology 2017, launched at Auckland City Library on November 12, and edited by Christchurch writer Gail Ingram.

 

The Anthology will be available to purchase from The New Zealand Poetry Society.

November 2, 2017

You Have Become a Graphic Novel in My Dreams appears in Offset 17, published by Victoria University in Melbourne and launched on November 2 at MetroWest.

 

‘Victoria University’s Creative Arts Journal Offset is in its seventeenth year, celebrating and engaging with creative artists in Melbourne and around the world to publish prose, poetry, and artwork.’ – Ian Syson

October 24, 2017

For Jane will appear in Issue 5, the Autumn issue of The Fenland Reed, launched at the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival on November 4 in the UK.

 

The Fenland Reed is an East Anglian literary magazine. It is published biannually, and includes poetry and fiction. The editors are Jonathan Totman (Fenland Poet Laureate 2015) and Mary Livingstone (Fenland Poet Laureate 2016).

 

Issue 5 can be purchased here.

October 19, 2017

Thank you Sinéad appears in Meniscus Volume 5: Issue 2, edited by Jen Webb and Gail Pittaway.

 

‘Meniscus is an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). Its aim is to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing.’

 

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

 

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation.’

 

Volume 5: Issue 2 can be read HERE.

September 27, 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 at Loughborough University in the UK.

 

The Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems was established in memory of Professor Bill Overton, a world-respected English scholar and a former head of department at Loughborough University. Each year the winner is published by Loughborough University in chapbook form.

 

This year’s prize is judged by Helen Calcutt. The winner will be announced in October.

September 23, 2017

Night Reverie appears in Irises: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize Anthology 2017.

 

Edited by Monica Carroll and Paul Munden, the anthology contains the winning and longlisted poems from the annual $15,000 prize.

 

The winner was announced at the Poetry on the Move Festival by the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Deep Saini, on Thursday.

September 20, 2017

Wes has been longlisted for The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 at Loughborough University in the UK.

 

The Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems was established in memory of Professor Bill Overton, a world-respected English scholar and a former head of department at Loughborough University. Each year the winner is published by Loughborough University in chapbook form.

 

This year’s prize is judged by Helen Calcutt. The winner will be announced in October.

September 13, 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in fourW, the annual anthology published by the Booranga Writers Centre at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia.

 

Edited by David Gilbey, fourW twenty-eight will be launched in November at Gleebooks in Sydney, and at Wagga Wagga City Library in New South Wales.

September 4, 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in Bonsai: The Big Book of Small Stories, edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe.

 

BONSAI: The Big Book of Small Stories is a comprehensive book of compressed fiction. The first of its kind in New Zealand, the book will be a wide-ranging collection in three parts: one section will feature the best of previously published work; one section will feature considerations and essays by noted practitioners on the short narrative form and its development/growth in New Zealand; one section will feature entirely new work, to showcase the fast-changing landscape of New Zealand small fictions.’

 

BONSAI: The Big Book of Small Stories will be launched by Canterbury University Press in 2018.

September 4, 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in Offset arts Journal published by Victoria University in Melbourne and edited by former Overland editor Ian Syson.

 

‘Victoria University’s Creative Arts Journal Offset is in its seventeenth year, celebrating and engaging with creative artists in Melbourne and around the world to publish prose, poetry, and artwork.’ 

 

Offset 17 will be launched in Melbourne on November 2.

September 1, 2017

Body, Remember has been launched in London by Eyewear Publishing as part of the Lorgnette Pamphlet Series.

 

Body, Remember takes its title from a poem by the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy, who, in sensuous imagery, illuminates the persistence and power of the body-memory of desire. Conversely, in this pamphlet, Lee addresses the body’s capacity to hide, to deceive, and draw a veil of silence, to create a blank space within when faced with trauma.

‘In Body, Remember, Wes Lee catalogues a ‘domino of broken things’ with deft poignancy and dark humour. She draws our attention to the fact, that even as we read and breathe, our bodies are in a state of breaking.’ – Michael Stewart

‘Wes Lee's beautiful, sobering collection gives a skeleton upon which to hang the intangible. It speaks to transience, to trauma, to the inevitability of time passing.’ – S. J. Bradley

‘Amazing poems... very powerful.’ – Rosanna Hildyard

‘Eyewear Publishing is an independent press based in London. Strongly poetry focused, we bring readers a varied list, kept coherent by our dedication to presenting writing of the highest quality from the UK and overseas, from new and established figures. Through our annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize, and Pamphlet Series, we discover, support and develop exciting new talent.’ – Todd Swift

 

Body, Remember is available in bookstores in the UK, and can be ordered online from the Poetry Book Society, Amazon, Fishpond, and direct from Eyewear Publishing in London.

August 22, 2017

My Tough Little James Cagney Stance has been selected for publication in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018.

 

Edited by Dr. Jack Ross, Poetry NZ is an international print journal based in New Zealand.

 

‘Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is this country's oldest, most established poetry magazine. It is interested not only in the work of established poets and experimental writing but also in that of new writers trying to have their work recognised. It also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.’ 

 

The Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 will be launched in March by Massey University Press.

August 22, 2017

A Funeral, Where have you gone Valerie Solanas?, and Falling in Love, have been selected to appear in the 2017 New Zealand Poetry Society’s Annual Anthology, edited this year by Christchurch writer Gail Ingram.

 

A selection of poems chosen by the editor will appear alongside the winning and commended poems from the NZPS annual poetry competition.

 

The anthology will be launched by the New Zealand Poetry Society at Auckland Central Library on November 12.

August 21, 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for the 5th iteration of The Fortnight Prize offered by Eyewear Publishing in London and judged by Eyewear’s director Todd Swift.

 

The prize is offered by Eyewear Publishing each fortnight. Winners and a selection of shortlisted poets will appear in a forthcoming anthology.

 

The submissions are via submittable and are judged by a rotating pool of Eyewear’s editors.

 

Eyewear’s new poem prize has been launched to ‘celebrate poetry in a fast-paced digital world.’

August 18, 2017

My Baby appears in Fresh Ink: A Collection of Voices in Aotearoa, launched at The Loft, Q Theatre, in Auckland and published by Cloud Ink Press.

 

‘From the historical to the fantastical, the real to the surreal, this exciting new anthology of New Zealand fiction, poetry, and artwork presents the varied voices and styles of New Zealand writing at its best - exhibiting work from established and award-winning authors as well as some lively 'fresh ink' from previously unpublished literary voices.’

 

The anthology contains new writing from: Sandra Arnold, Heather Bauchop, Jane Blaikie, Drew Carrick-Anderson, Nikki Crutchley, Jack Gabriel, James George, Michael Giacon, J.A.Grierson, Kerry Harrison, Trisha Hanifin, Siobhan Harvey, Helen Henry, Thalia Henry, Juliet Jackson, Dione Jones, Wes Lee, Lorraine Marson, Helen McNeil, Dave Moore, Shereen Asha Murugayah, Art Nahill, Denise O’Hagen, Maris O’Rourke, Karen Phillips, Kirsty Powell, J.C.L. Purchase, Maxi Quy, Gillian Roach, Emma Robinson, Joanna Rodgers, Rosa-May Rutherford, Henrica Schieving, Sarah Sparx, Nina Tapu, Joan Taylor, Brendon Weir.

 

Fresh Ink: A Collection of Voices in Aotearoa is available in bookstores throughout New Zealand or direct from Cloud Ink Press.

August 5, 2017

Shooting Gallery is reviewed by Carolyn McCurdie in Takahē Magazine, Issue 90.

 

‘Shooting Gallery is award-winning Wellington writer Wes Lee’s debut poetry collection. It is stunning. The poems are assured, brave, and many have already been published in a wide array of NZ and international journals...

 

The body is prime. And although throughout the collection pain and indignity are often a given, there is also a glorying in the physical, the sensual; there is verve, and poems that punch the air celebrating survival...

 

It is striking that in these poems, no one is judged. The first thing that Wes Lee concerns herself with in Shooting Gallery is the humanity of each person. Here, the last shall be first, and she ensures that, in this marvellous collection, we know why this should be the case.’ – Carolyn McCurdie (Takahē: 90)

 

‘Founded in 1989, Takahē magazine publishes short stories, poetry and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews in related areas. Many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s brightest literary talents made their first public appearance within our pages, and we remain committed to publishing the best work from emerging talents alongside that of established writers and artists.' - Takahē Collective

The full review can be read HERE

August 1, 2017

Body, Did You Know appears in New Writing Scotland, Issue 35, edited by Diana Hendry & Susie Maguire.

 

‘Published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies at the University of Glasgow, New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.

 

She Said He Said I Said: New Writing Scotland 35 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from more than fifty authors – some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.’

 

‘The annual finger on the pulse of the literary nation.' —The Herald

 

SHE SAID HE SAID I SAID: New Writing Scotland 35 is available in bookstores UK wide or online from Amazon, MyBookSource, or direct from the University of Glasgow.

August 1, 2017

Wes has been longlisted for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2017 ($15,000), judged by American poet laureate (2001 – 2003) Billy Collins.

 

‘The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize has been offered annually since 2014. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra's commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture.’

 

The winner will be announced on September 21.

 

An anthology of the winning and longlisted poems will be published by the University of Canberra in September.

July 7, 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for the 4th iteration of The Fortnight Prize offered by Eyewear Publishing in London and judged by Oliver Jones.

 

The prize is offered by Eyewear Publishing each fortnight. Winners and a selection of shortlisted poets will appear in an anthology edited by Todd Swift and published by Eyewear Publishing.

 

The submissions are via submittable and are judged by Eyewear’s editors.

 

Eyewear’s new poem prize has been launched to ‘celebrate poetry in a fast-paced digital world.’

July 6, 2017

You Know I Want appears in Strix, a new UK literary journal based in Leeds.

 

Edited by Ian Harker and Andrew Lambeth, and launched at the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds, Strix contains work by Helen Mort, Ian Duhig, Carole Bromley and others.

 

Strix can be purchased Here.

July 1, 2017

Power of Attorney appears in Meniscus Volume 5: Issue 1, edited by Alice Beecham and Paul Hetherington.

 

‘Meniscus is an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). Its aim is to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing.’

 

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

 

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation.’

 

Volume 5: Issue 1 can be read Here.

June 4, 2017

‘People ask me what’s it like living in New Zealand?’ appears in Issue #6 of Demos journal, the Futures issue.

 

Demos is the online literary journal from the Australian National University. ‘Demos Journal is a progressive journal that aims to put the demos or “people” back into democracy. We are Canberra based publication that is dedicated to creating a critical and creative space for politics, poetry and ideas around the theme of democracy in a changing climate. We publish in a variety of forms: poetry, long-form articles, essays, short stories, mixed media creative writing, interviews, features, book reviews, memoirs and as well as non-conventional forms.’

 

One thing that unifies many progressive campaigns is that we’re up against an undemocratic, broken political system, where things like corporate influence, short-term election cycles and hegemonic free market ideology make it incredibly difficult for activists to affect change. I guess that’s part of the reason we decided to call the project ‘Demos’ – to create a space where people can begin to imagine a different kind of politics, a politics, to paraphrase Schumacher, as if people mattered.’ – Odette Shenfield

 

Issue #6: Futures can be read HERE

June 2, 2017

Remembering Oluwale, featuring Wes’s poem The Story Has Overtaken Me, has won the Best Anthology category in The Saboteur Awards in the UK.

 

The Saboteur Awards take place in London every year, voted for by the public, and sponsored by Literature Wales as part of International Dylan Thomas Day.

 

Published by Valley Press and edited by S.J. Bradley: ‘Remembering Oluwale is an inspiring reflection on David’s story. It includes extracts from recent books about David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips and Kester Aspden, as well as previously published poems by Ian Duhig, Sai Murray, and Zodwa Nyoni. This body of new and earlier writing serves as a clarion call for us to re-make our neighbourhoods as places of inclusion and hospitality.’

 

‘Remembering Oluwale is a unique and powerful anthology that brings together voices new and more experienced from around the world, expressing a collective will to hold power and authority to account. A significant and relevant collection.’

June 1, 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for The Fortnight Prize offered by Eyewear Publishing in London and judged by Alexandra Payne. 

 

The prize is offered by Eyewear Publishing each fortnight. Winners and a selection of shortlisted poets will appear in an anthology edited by Todd Swift and published by Eyewear Publishing.

 

The submissions are via submittable and are judged by Eyewear’s editors.

 

'Eyewear’s new poem prize has been launched to celebrate poetry in a fast-paced digital world.’

 

The inaugural winner of the prize was the acclaimed Canadian poet Robin Richardson. Her winning poem Without a Roof can be read here.

May 9, 2017

Shooting Gallery is reviewed by Murray Edmond in the 70th Anniversary Issue of Landfall.

‘Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest running arts and literary journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry, essays and cultural commentary.’

Issue 233, the 70th Anniversary Issue is available throughout New Zealand bookstores and direct from Otago University Press.

 

‘There are times in this tough-minded and tender-hearted book when you are persuaded that your odds are not good. On the other hand there are moments – and moments matter for Wes Lee – when the balance of the universe tips back in your favour.’ – Murray Edmond

May 9, 2017

To Die and Die Again appears in the 70th Anniversary Issue of Landfall, edited by David Eggleton.

‘Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest running arts and literary journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry, essays and cultural commentary.’

Issue 233, the 70th Anniversary Issue is available throughout New Zealand bookstores and direct from Otago University Press.

May 9, 2017

Voices from the Cave: an anthology of poems about addiction and recovery will launch in Ireland on May 11 at the Shannon Rowing Club, Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick at 7.30pm.

 

Produced by The Limerick Writer’s Centre in association with the Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum, Voices from the Cave is edited by Ron Carey and Dominic Taylor, and published by Revival Press.

 

‘The Limerick Writers' Centre is a non profit organisation established to nurture and support writers, fostering literary excellence through readings, workshops and publishing activities – serving literature, books and creativity in the North Munster region since 2008.’

 

‘This is an important book and essential reading for anyone who is interested in the human condition and how easy it is to become marginalised. The poems tell stories about real people, their heartbreaks but also their hope. With an introduction by Fr. Peter McVerry of the Peter McVerry Trust, this anthology engages both the heart and mind.’

April 22, 2017

Wes has been selected to appear in New Writing Scotland, Issue 35.

‘Published annually by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies at the University of Glasgow, New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.’

'New Writing Scotland remains the most accurate barometer of new trends in Scottish writing.' – Simon Hall, The Herald

April 6, 2017

Remembering Oluwale, featuring Wes’s poem The Story Has Overtaken Me, has been shortlisted for the Best Anthology category in The Saboteur Awards in the UK.

 

The Saboteur Awards take place in London every year, voted for by the public, and sponsored by Literature Wales as part of International Dylan Thomas Day.

 

'Published by Valley Press and edited by S.J. Bradley: Remembering Oluwale is an inspiring reflection on David’s story. It includes extracts from recent books about David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips and Kester Aspden, as well as previously published poems by Ian Duhig, Sai Murray, and Zodwa Nyoni. This body of new and earlier writing serves as a clarion call for us to re-make our neighbourhoods as places of inclusion and hospitality.’

 

‘The passion and moral urgency informing these new voices gives one hope for the future of both imaginative writing and our society’s health.’ – Caryl Phillips, Writer, Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize.

April 6, 2017

Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, featuring Wes’s poem You watch TV late at night, has been longlisted for the Best Anthology category in The Saboteur Awards in the UK

 

The Saboteur Awards take place in London every year, voted for by the public, and sponsored by Literature Wales as part of International Dylan Thomas Day.

 

Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, is edited by Susan Richardson and James Roberts, and published by Zoomorphic in the UK.

 

‘A Zoomorphic anthology of poetry, prose and images dedicated to marine wildlife. With an international list of contributors. Featuring stories and poems about a host of marine species.’

March 27, 2017

Blackmail Press Issue 42 has launched in Auckland featuring a suite of Wes’s poems.

 

Founded in 2001 by editor Doug Poole:

‘Blackmail Press’s impetus is to promote New Zealand poetry and to provide an environment for New Zealand poets to share their work, presenting an eclectic range of voices from Aotearoa and abroad.’

March 17, 2017

Running Naked on the Motorway appears in I, You, He, She, It: Experiments in Viewpoint, published by Grist Books, University of Huddersfield Press, in the UK.

 

The contributing writers were selected by a panel of renowned authors and editors: Helen Mort (Chatto & Windus), Steve Ely (Smokestack/Blackheath Books), Sam Jordison (The Guardian/ Galley Beggar Press), Ben Myers (Bluemoose Books), and Steve Finbow (Zero Books).

 

‘The latest Grist Anthology is an innovative blend of some of the most exciting and freshest voices in prose and poetry today. It features five sections written from five distinct narrative viewpoints.’ – Simon Crump

 

The anthology was launched on March 17 at the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

March 14, 2017

The Players Are Dead appears in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017, launched by Massey University Press at Devonport Library on Tuesday, March 14.

 

Edited by Dr. Jack Ross, and launched by Michele Leggott, Poetry NZ is an international print journal based in New Zealand.

 

‘Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is this country's oldest, most established poetry magazine. It is interested not only in the work of established poets and experimental writing but also in that of new writers trying to have their work recognised. It also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.’

 

The yearbook can be purchased in all good independent bookstores, and ordered online via Massey University Press.

February 2, 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming anthology Voices from the Cave – an anthology of poems about addiction and recovery.

Produced by The Limerick Writer’s Centre in association with the Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum, Voices from the Cave is edited by Ron Carey and Dominic Taylor and will be launched in Ireland in March 2017.

‘The Limerick Writers' Centre is a non profit organisation established to nurture and support writers, fostering literary excellence through readings, workshops and publishing activities – serving literature, books and creativity in the North Munster region since 2008.’

January 3, 2017

A suite of poems has been accepted for publication in Blackmail Press Issue 42 in Auckland.

 

Founded in 2001 by editor Doug Poole:

‘Blackmail Press’s impetus is to promote New Zealand poetry and to provide an environment for New Zealand poets to share their work, presenting an eclectic range of voices from Aotearoa and abroad.’

 

Issue 42 will appear in March.

December 7, 2016

Antarctica: as seen on TV appears in Issue 7 of the online journal Zoomorphic.

 

‘This issue accompanies our new marine anthology Driftfish and continues the marine species theme with new poetry, art and essays. 

With writing and art featuring many marine species including killer whales, arctic terns, seals, thornback rays, narwhals and more. Our creative non-fiction include pieces from the book by Sarah Thomas, James Michael Dorsey, Stephen Rutt and Anja Semanco and a short story by Ferris Jabr. New poetry by Jane Lovell, Pippa Little, Char March, Gordon Meade, Helen Kidd, Jan Dean, Judith Barrington, Laura M Kaminsky, Sara Wilson, Sarah James, Wendy Pratt, and Wes Lee.

Our featured artist in this issue is Gary Cook, an illustrator who is currently artist-in-residence with The Ecologist. The work of the award-winning artist Doug Robertson also features.’

 

Zoomorphic Issue 7 can be read here.

December 2, 2016

You watch TV late at night appears in Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, edited by Susan Richardson and James Roberts, and published by Zoomorphic in the UK.

 

Launched in Brighton at a Zoomorphic event hosted by the ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology as part of their “Do You Speak Seagull” season.

 

‘A Zoomorphic anthology of poetry, prose and images dedicated to marine wildlife. With an international list of contributors. Featuring stories and poems about a host of marine species.’

 

Driftfish is a high quality paperback and comes with two art cards. Available for delivery in the UK and Internationally via the Zoomorphic website.

November 16, 2016

Poker appears in RABBIT Poetry Journal, Issue 19: The Prose Poetry issue, to be launched on November 22 at the Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Rabbit 19 contains poems selected by guest poetry editors Cassandra Atherton & Paul Hetherington (who have also written an essay on prose poems as 'nonfiction postcards'); an interview with Samuel Wagan Watson; an essay on prose poetry by Lachy McKenzie; reviews of new poetry books and artworks by 2015 Archibald Prize finalist Tony Curran.

 

Published by RMIT University in Melbourne, RABBIT is a print journal for non-fiction poetry, founded by Jessica L. Wilkinson in mid-2011 and released quarterly.

 

‘A pioneer in the field, RABBIT intends to celebrate the potential for poetry to explore and interrogate the boundaries of non-fiction writing. RABBIT encourages poets to openly engage with auto/biography, history, politics, economics, mathematics, cultural analysis, science, the environment, and all other aspects of real world experience, recollection and interpretation.’

 

Some of the contributors to the journal include Michael Brennan, Stuart Cooke, Johanna Drucker, Kenneth Goldsmith, Duncan Hose, Michael Farrell, Jordie Albiston, Petra White, Alex Skovron, Robert Sullivan, Ian McBryde, Kate Middleton, Jill Jones, Patrick Jones, Eileen Myles, Ann Vickery, Lesley Wheeler, Ania Walwicz, Pierre Joris, Peter Boyle, Ken Bolton, Fiona Hile and Pam Brown.

 

Issue #19 of Rabbit: The Prose Poem is available to purchase through independent bookstores in Australia and online through the website.

November 1, 2016

Roast Chicken and Adaptation appear in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s annual anthology Penguin Days, to be launched on November 5 at the Toi Pōneke Arts Centre in Wellington.

 

Penguin Days is edited by Laurice Gilbert and contains the winning and commended poems from the NZPS annual competition, judged by Diana Bridge, alongside a number of poems selected by the editor.

 

‘The New Zealand Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Its patrons are Dame Fiona Kidman and Vincent O'Sullivan.'

 

The anthology can be purchased from the NZPS website.

November 1, 2016

Rear Window appears in Ten Years On – an anthology of the winning poems from the International Welsh Poetry Competition between 2012-2016.

 

‘A diverse look at the world we inhabit - alive, energetic, melodic, unrepentant and moving. This anthology is for all poets who truly feel. For the brave, the exuberant, the feisty, the outrageous and the rule breakers. A chance to revel in the moment and not be afraid. After 10 successful years the competition is now firmly established on the international literary calendar. This collection contains some formidable poetry, written by established poets as well as many new voices, all of whom were fearless enough to push back the boundaries. The book also includes the judges’ comments by renowned Welsh writers John Evans, Sally Spedding and Eloise Williams.’

 

‘Ten Years On is a beautiful collection of bright, modern poetry.’

 

10 Years On is available from Amazon uk.

October 12, 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, edited by Susan Richardson and James Roberts, and published by Zoomorphic in the UK.

 

The book will be launched in Brighton on December 2nd at a Zoomorphic event hosted by the ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology as part of their “Do You Speak Seagull” season. The launch event will include a display of Zoomorphic graphics and art as well as audio poems and sound recordings. 

 

Zoomorphic is dedicated to the celebration and defence of wild animals.

 

‘Until the lion has its praise singer, the tale of the hunt will only be told by the hunter.’ – Maasai Proverb

October 5, 2016

The Party appears in Issue 88 of the Frogmore Papers in the UK.

 

The Frogmore Papers are edited by Jeremy Page with the assistance of Clare Best, Rachel Playforth, and Peter Stewart. The magazine was founded in 1983 as a quarterly journal of new writing and has appeared regularly ever since. The Frogmore Papers now appears twice a year, in March and September, and features poetry, prose and pictures.

Writers who have appeared in their pages include Tobias Hill, Sophie Hannah, Linda France, John Mole, Elizabeth Garrett, Susan Wicks, John Whitworth, Elizabeth Bartlett, Brian Aldiss, Geoffrey Holloway, Carole Satyamurti, James Brockway, Marita Over, Paul Groves, Mario Petrucci, Caroline Price, Matthew Mead, Tamar Yoseloff, Myra Schneider, Andrew Waterhouse, John Harvey, Pauline Stainer, Ian Caws, Mike Jenkins, Judi Benson, Jane Holland, Ian Parks, Christine McNeil, Derek Sellen, Ros Barber, Patty Scholten, Merryn Williams and many more.

 

Issue 88 can be purchased here.

October 1, 2016

A Photograph of Lovers in a Field Circa 1945 appears in Skylight 47 launched by Boodaxe poet Caitriona O’Reilly at the Over The Edge reading at Galway City Library on Thursday night.

 

Skylight 47 was established in January 2013 and is published in a newspaper format twice a year.

 

Issue 7 is edited by Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, Marie Cadden and Ruth Quinlan and can be purchased in all good bookstores in Ireland or ordered online.

September 17, 2016

Sanatorium appears in Atlas literary journal.

 

Issue 01 focuses on the following themes: regaining authorship of disease; understanding the grief cycle; the current state of transgender healthcare; anxiety and connection; the catharsis of words.

 

Featuring works by Elizabeth Morton, Frankie McMillan, Kerrin P. Sharpe, Hannah Coombridge, Sarah Maindonald, Paul Stanley Ward, William Sherborne, Johanna Emeney, Alex Ker, Emily Adam, Greg Judkins, Amber Read, Sandra Arnold, Angela Andrews, Heather Cameron, Erik Kennedy and Wes Lee.

 

‘Atlas is a biannual literary journal that showcases creative and nonfiction writing on medicine and the human body. It publishes poetry, short stories, critical essays and interviews.

The publication aims to foster a greater appreciation of creativity in medicine. It encourages social and philosophical reflection on the nature of illness, mortality and recovery.’ 

 

Atlas is available in independent bookstores around New Zealand, and can be ordered online.

August 9, 2016

Thirsty appears in Shibboleth & other stories. Edited by Laurie Steed, and published in Perth, Australia by Margaret River Press.

 

‘These are stories to be felt, read and remembered. They cover births, deaths, and moments that define our hopes, fears and failures. They are stories that connect with a deeper sense of humanity. They are stories to be enjoyed at home, in bed, or on the train: wherever it’s possible to savour the quiet, loud, and unforgettable moments of life.’

 

‘Editor Laurie Steed describes the ‘right’ short stories as ones that ‘sear their mark upon one’s soul’. Repeatedly, this collection does that.’ – Joanne Shiells, Books + Publishing

 

The kindle edition is available on Amazon UK and Amazon AUS. The print edition is available in bookstores around Australia and direct from Margaret River Press.

July 28, 2016

Beached Whale and Skyscraper appear in Issue 4 of Demos, the online literary journal from the Australian National University.

 

‘Demos Journal is a progressive journal that aims to put the demos or “people” back into democracy. We are Canberra based publication that is dedicated to creating a critical and creative space for politics, poetry and ideas around the theme of democracy in a changing climate. We publish in a variety of forms: poetry, long-form articles, essays, short stories, mixed media creative writing, interviews, features, book reviews, memoirs and as well as non-conventional forms.’

 

One thing that unifies many progressive campaigns is that we’re up against an undemocratic, broken political system, where things like corporate influence, short-term election cycles and hegemonic free market ideology make it incredibly difficult for activists to affect change. I guess that’s part of the reason we decided to call the project ‘Demos’ – to create a space where people can begin to imagine a different kind of politics, a politics, to paraphrase Schumacher, as if people mattered.’ – Odette Shenfield

The theme for Issue 4 is ‘Boundaries’. 

July 27, 2016

Wes has been longlisted in The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, judged by Rebecca Perry and Andrew McMillan.

 

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. ‘Across a long life – spanning several incarnations – the pages of the Magazine have played host to a wide range of canonical writers, from Wordsworth, Shelley, Hazlitt and Keats in the 18th-century, to T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh in the early 20th-century. Today – reinvigorated for a new century – the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing, and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape.’

 

‘In its continuing project of promoting emerging poetic talent, The London Magazine runs an annual poetry competition, providing the opportunity for publication in one of the most highly respected and established literary periodicals.’

 

The winning poems will be published in the October/November Issue of The London Magazine.

July 10, 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in Skylight 47, published in Galway, Ireland. Skylight 47 was established in January 2013 and is published in a newspaper format twice a year.

 

Issue 7 is edited by Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, Marie Cadden and Ruth Quinlan, and will launch in Galway in September.

June 25, 2016

Wes has been shortlisted for The 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize judged by award-winning poet Catherine Smith, in the UK.

 

Catherine Smith is the author of three full collections of poetry: The Butcher’s Hands (2003), Lip (2007) and Otherwhere (2012), all published by Smith Doorstop. The Butcher’s Hands won the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize for Best First Collection, and Lip was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Frogmore Press published The New Cockaigne, a ‘rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess’ in 2014.

 

The Frogmore Poetry Prize has been awarded annuallly since 1987 and attracts entries from all over the world. The Frogmore Press was founded in 1983, and publishes the biannual magazine The Frogmore Papers.

 

The winning and shortlisted poems will appear in Issue 88 of The Frogmore Papers to be released in September 2016.

June 22, 2016

Running Naked on the Motorway has been shortlisted for the Grist Books Point of View Competition in the UK.

 

The Grist Books Point of View Competition was judged by a panel of renowned authors and editors: Helen Mort (Chatto & Windus), Steve Ely (Smokestack/Blackheath Books), Sam Jordison (The Guardian/ Galley Beggar Press), Ben Myers (Bluemoose Books), and Steve Finbow (Zero Books).

 

The shortlisted poems and stories will appear in the Grist Anthology 2017 published by The University of Huddersfield.

June 15, 2016

If It Could Be Served appears in The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder, published by Eyewear Publishing in London.

 

Edited by Fr. Oliver Brennan and Todd Swift, with Kelly Davio and Cate Myddleton-Evans, the anthology features internationally renowned poets, including, Andrew Motion, Phillip Gross, Vona Groarke, Geraldine Clarkson, Ian Duhig, Luke Kennard, Mimi Khalvati, Dan O’Brien, Ruth Padel, Fiona Sampson, Rae Armantrout, Charles Bernstein, and many more.

 

‘This major anthology, the first of its kind, gathers work from contemporary poets from around the world. Representative of poets from a wide variety of faiths – as well as agnostics and atheists – and introduced by renowned religious scholar Professor Ewan Fernie.’ – Todd Swift

 

The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder will launch in London on July 1, and is currently available for pre-order from Eyewear Publishing.

June 10, 2016

The Women appears in The Elbow Room Broadsheet launched in the UK by As Yet Untitled.

 

As Yet Untitled, is an on-going series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each volume of Elbow Room is individually curated to create a cohesive collection that includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the UK and housed in multiple special collections including The Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre and The Scotland National Gallery.

 

The Broadsheet features new work from Richie McCaffery, David O’Neill, Claire Booker, Jason Jackson, Wes Lee, Chamning Yuan and Phil Vernon.

June 7, 2016

A letter to the woman masquerading as me and Tap Tap appear in Issue 19 of Shot Glass Journal published by Muse-Pie Press in the USA.

 

Shot Glass Journal is an online poetry journal devoted to short poetry. Where other poetry journals publish poems of various lengths and forms, Shot Glass focuses on both free verse and form poetry of 16 lines or less.

 

‘Shot Glass is dedicated to those poets who have much to say in the fewest words possible.’ – Mary-Jane Grandinetti

May 21, 2016

Remembering Oluwale has been launched in the UK, featuring the prize-winners, shortlisted & longlisted writers selected for The David Oluwale Writing Prize.

Published by Valley Press and edited by S.J. Bradley:

‘Remembering Oluwale is an inspiring reflection on David’s story. It includes extracts from recent books about David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips and Kester Aspden, as well as previously published poems by Ian Duhig, Sai Murray, Zodwa Nyoni, and a performance by The Baggage Handlers. This body of new and earlier writing serves as a clarion call for us to re-make our neighbourhoods as places of inclusion and hospitality.’

‘The passion and moral urgency informing these new voices gives one hope for the future of both imaginative writing and our society’s health.’ – Caryl Phillips, Writer, Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize

May 3, 2016

Two of Wes’s poems appear in Meniscus Volume 4, Issue 1: Beyond the Divide.

A special issue focusing on “Beyond the Divide”, edited by Dallas John Baker, with an additional, general section edited by Chris Kerr.

‘The works gathered in this special edition of Meniscus deal with the experience of being on the other side of divides, of being outside of cultural centres, on the periphery of things. Sometimes they address this directly, sometimes indirectly, but always with a strong sense of place that displaces what would normally be considered the cultural and political centres.’

Meniscus, an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) which aims to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing.

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation.’

May 1, 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in the New Zealand literary journal Atlas.

 

‘Atlas is a biannual literary journal that showcases creative and nonfiction writing on medicine and the human body. It publishes poetry, short stories, critical essays and interviews.

The publication aims to foster a greater appreciation of creativity in medicine. It encourages social and philosophical reflection on the nature of illness, mortality and recovery.’ 

 

Issue 01 will be published mid 2016.

April 17, 2016

Christmas E-mail appears in Poetry & Place, edited by Ashley Capes & Brooke Linford, in Victoria, Australia.

 

‘A new anthology of international poetry collecting ideas and experiences of 'place' in a variety of forms, from free and structured verse to concrete poetry and haiku, each exploring our relationship with place via the personal, political and beyond.’

 

The anthology is available on Amazon.com and through Booksellers across Australia.

April 11, 2016

The Story Has Overtaken Me has been shortlisted for The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize in the UK.

 

The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize, in partnership with Leeds BigBookend Festival, Fictions of Every Kind, and Remember Oluwale was launched to honour the life and death of David Oluwale.

 

‘A shortlist of 5 poems and 5 prose pieces have been selected and will be judged on April 27 by a stellar panel comprising the renowned Caryl Phillips, Marina Lewycka and Ian Duhig who will pick the winners and runners-up in both categories.’

 

‘The Remember Oluwale charity was formed in response to a call for a memorial in Leeds for David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips whose book Foreigners: Three English Lives (Harvill Secker, 2007) included an account of David’s life and death. David arrived in Hull in 1949, from Nigeria, and was found drowned in the River Aire in Leeds in 1969. During his time in Leeds, David faced a range of issues: mental ill-health, homelessness, destitution, racism, police brutality, and incarceration in prisons and hospitals.’

 

The winners will be presented with their prizes at an Awards ceremony on Friday 3 June at the Carriageworks Theatre as part of the Leeds BigBookend Festival 2016. And will appear, along with the longlisted authors, in Remember Oluwale, an anthology published by Valley Press in June.

April 6, 2016

Fire-walker has been accepted for publication in Landfall 231: Aotearoa New Zealand Arts & Letters, edited by David Eggleton.

 

Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest running arts and literary journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry, essays and cultural commentary.

 

Landfall 231 will launch in May.

April 6, 2016

A suite of Wes’s poems appear in Issue 11 of NOON: journal of the short poem, published in Tokyo, and selected by the editor Philip Rowland.

 

‘Published in hand-sewn, limited editions between 2004 and 2009, the journal aims to put some of the most interesting English-language haiku in conversation with other innovative short poetry. The new series appears online, with the journal’s style of presentation being retained as far as possible. A selection of poems from the online issues are published in printed book form every other year.’

March 30, 2016

The Story Has Overtaken Me has been longlisted for The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize in the UK.

 

The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize, in partnership with Leeds BigBookend Festival, Fictions of Every Kind, and Remember Oluwale was launched to honour the life and death of David Oluwale.

 

‘A longlist of 26 poems and prose have been selected and will be judged on April 27 by a stellar panel comprising the renowned Caryl Phillips, Marina Lewycka and Ian Duhig who will pick the winners and runners-up in both categories.’

 

‘The Remember Oluwale charity was formed in response to a call for a memorial in Leeds for David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips whose book Foreigners: Three English Lives (Harvill Secker, 2007) included an account of David’s life and death. David arrived in Hull in 1949, from Nigeria, and was found drowned in the River Aire in Leeds in 1969. During his time in Leeds, David faced a range of issues: mental ill-health, homelessness, destitution, racism, police brutality, and incarceration in prisons and hospitals.’

 

The 26 authors selected for the longlist, including the winners and runners-up, will be published in Remember Oluwale, an anthology published by Valley Press in June.

 

The winners will be presented with their prizes at an Awards ceremony on Friday 3 June at the Carriageworks Theatre as part of the Leeds BigBookend Festival 2016.

March 10, 2016

Two of Wes’s poems have been longlisted for The National Poetry Competition in the UK, selected by the judges Sarah Howe, Esther Morgan, and David Wheatley.

 

Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners have included Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott, Colette Bryce, Julia Copus, Ian Duhig and James Harpur.

 

This year the prize attracted over 12,000 entries from around the world, from which the judges chose a longlist of 139 poems.

 

The winners will be announced on the Poetry Society’s website on March 31, alongside a list of the longlisted poets.

 

The top three winners will also be published in the Poetry Society’s leading international journal, The Poetry Review.

Click HERE to read an article about the prize on The Guardian.

March 6, 2016

The artist who takes photos of men who look like her dead father appears in Issue 5 of Panning for Poems.

 

Panning for Poems is an online micropoetry journal published by Poetry Northern Ireland in Belfast.

 

‘Panning for Poems is designed as a double-sided A4 broadside, each containing approximately fifteen poems, laid out to be folded up and fitted into your pocket. Each issue can be downloaded in pdf format for free, printed out and distributed by anyone, anywhere... We love short poems with huge impact, so if you think you have little nuggets that will knock the breath from us, then we want your work.’ 

 

Set up in February 2014, evolving from various separate ventures, Poetry NI is a multimedia, multi-platform showcase and resource provider for poets in Northern Ireland, showcasing great writing through readings, open mics, poetry slams, online and print publishing, outreach, competitions, workshops and more. 

February 28, 2016

The Women has been selected to appear in Elbow Room in the UK.

 

'Elbow Room, launched in 2012 by As Yet Untitled, is an on-going series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each volume of Elbow Room is individually curated to create a cohesive collection that includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the UK and housed in multiple special collections including The Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre and The Scotland National Gallery.'

 

In 2016, Elbow Room will be producing limited edition Broadsheets twice a year that will be specially available to subscribers of the journal and at various book fairs throughout the year.

February 25, 2016

Wes has been shortlisted for the 2016 Margaret River Press Short Story Competition in Perth, Western Australia.

 

Thirsty was one of 24 stories chosen by the judges Donna Mazza, Richard Rossiter and Laurie Steed.

 

The stories will be published in the annual collection by Margaret River Press and launched in August 2016.

January 29, 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016.

 

The poems were selected by the director of Eyewear Publishing Todd Swift, and Kelly Davio (poetry editor of Tahoma Literary Review and the American editor of Eyewear Publishing).

 

Modelled on the American series: The Best New Poets: 50 Poems From Emerging Writers, the anthology will be designed by Edwin Smet and published in March 2016 by Eyewear Publishing in London.

 

‘Founded in 2012, Eyewear Publishing is an independent press, passionate about producing beautifully designed, fascinating books that remain affordable. Based in London, we celebrate the best writing in English from the UK and overseas. Through our annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize we discover, support and develop exciting new poets, while also taking great pleasure in working with writers at all stages of their careers.’

December 10, 2015

Glass Eye has been specially commended in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition by the judge Hannah Lowe in the UK.

 

The prize is offered by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, overseen by the director Niall Munro, and co-director, Scottish poet, Kate Clanchy.

 

‘Two top prizes of £1000 were on offer in a competition that sought to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems were submitted in two categories: ESL category (open to all poets over 18 years of age who speak English as Second Language), and Open category (open to all poets over 18 years of age).’

 

The prize received over 900 entries from across the globe.

 

The prize-giving ceremony will take place at Oxford Brookes University in February.

December 4, 2015

A suite of Wes’s poems appear in Blackmail Press, issue 41: Piercing the White Space, guest edited by Michalia Arathimos in Auckland.

 

Founded in 2001 by editor Doug Poole: ‘Blackmail Press’s impetus is to promote New Zealand poetry and to provide an environment for emerging New Zealand poets to share their work, presenting an eclectic range of voices from Aotearoa and abroad.’

 

December 1, 2015

You Know You Will Never Ride a Bike Again has been selected as a finalist in The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015 in London by the judges Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe.

 

The annual Troubadour Poetry Prize (£5000) is one of the largest UK prizes for an individual poem. Administered by Coffee-House Poetry, this year the prize attracted over 4,000 entries from around the world.

 

The prize-giving evening took place last night at The Troubadour in Brompton Road, Earls Court, London, where the winning poets were announced and read alongside Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe.

 

The prizewinning poems are published on the Coffee House Poetry Website. Read: You Know You Will Never Ride a Bike Again HERE

November 14, 2015

Sand and Renovations appear in The NZPS Anthology: Scattered Feathers, launched at the National Library, Wellington.

 

Scattered Feathers is edited by Laurice Gilbert and contains the winning and commended poems from the NZPS annual competition, judged by Harvey Malloy, alongside a number of poems selected by the editor.

 

‘The New Zealand Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Its patrons are Dame Fiona Kidman and Vincent O'Sullivan.'

The anthology can be purchased from the NZPS Website

October 18, 2015

Wes has 2 poems shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize, judged by Roger McGough in the UK.

 

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973. The Bridport Poetry Prize has a first prize of 5000 pounds, and is one of the major UK prizes for poetry.

 

The Bridport Poetry Prize received over 7,000 poetry entries this year.

October 18, 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The Bridport Short Story Prize, judged by Jane Rogers in the UK.

 

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973. The Bridport Poetry Prize has a first prize of 5000 pounds, and is one of the major UK prizes for poetry.

 

The Bridport Poetry Prize received over 4,500 Short story entries this year.

October 1, 2015

Everyone I Know appears in Cordite 51.1: UMAMI, launched in Australia, guest edited by Luke Davies.

 

‘The loan-term ‘umami’ speaks of a cultural difference of sorts – one to be found in the taste buds. It’s the fifth category of taste (along with the more familiar ones of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). In Japan, umami contains within it the notion of the sweet and the sour at once … neither one or the other, nor simply both bound together. Umami is not necessarily a compound taste. It’s experience is elemental, indivisible.’ – Luke Davies

 

Cordite Poetry Review is one of Australia’s foremost literary journals of poetry and essays.

 

Cordite 51: 1: Umami, can be read HERE

September 27, 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The Elbow Room Prize 2015 in London.

 

The prize winners will be showcased at an exhibition from October 16th – 18th at The Gallery on the Corner, in London, and celebrated at an evening of Visual Art, Poetry and Live Music.

 

‘Elbow Room, launched in 2012 by As Yet Untitled, is an on-going series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each volume of Elbow Room is individually curated to create a cohesive collection that includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the UK.’

 

The judging panel for the inaugural prize included Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and Lauren Fried.

September 17, 2015

Tears in the rain... all those moments will be gone and On the Road’s Shoulder at Reikorangi appear in Underneath: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize Anthology, launched by the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra.

 

The anthology contains the poems selected for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2015, one of the world’s richest poetry prizes with a total prize-pool of $25,000 AUD.

 

Edited by Owen Bullock and Niloofar Fanaiyan, the anthology is available as a free e-book from The University of Canberra.

September 14, 2015

Around 6 and Visualisation will appear in JAAM Magazine: Issue 33, selected by guest editors Kiri Piahana-Wong and Rosetta Allan.

 

The theme of Issue 33 is ‘small departures’.

 

JAAM (Just Another Art Movement) is a literary journal founded in 1995 and published by the Wellington based JAAM collective whose co managing editors are Helen Rickerby and Claire Needham:

 

‘JAAM has grown into a popular national literary journal and receives funding from Creative NZ/Toi Aotearoa.’

 

Kiri Piahana-Wong is a poet and editor whose debut poetry collection, Night Swimming, was published in 2013. She is the publisher at Anahera Press, which has the kaupapa/mission statement to publish work that fosters the telling and recognition of culturally diverse stories.

 

Rosetta Allan is an Auckland-based writer who grew up in Hawke’s Bay. Her most recent publication, Purgatory, was published by Penguin in June 2014. Her first poetry collection, Little Rock, was released in 2007 and her second volume, Over Lunch, in 2010.

 

JAAM 33 will launch in December.

August 28, 2015

The We Society: Poetry Anthology has launched on August 28 at Te Henga Studios in Auckland as part of National Poetry Day.

 

The anthology introduces the poems chosen by Dr. Jack Ross in the Printable Reality Poetry Prize, including Wes’s 1st prize winning poem Farm.

 

Printable Reality in association with Splice and Te Henga Studios, have devised the We Society poetry project 2015: ‘The Anthology is the fourth edition in our series of “Stage2Page” titles. It is an astonishing collection of poems selected from over 400 competition entries.’

 

Jack Ross is a poet, fiction writer and editor. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University’s Auckland Campus. His short verse drama ‘Scenes from The Puppet Oresteia’ appeared in 2011 from Narcissus Press (Rhinebeck, New York). His other publications include four full-length poetry collections, three novels, and three volumes of short fiction.

 

The anthology can be purchased HERE via Amazon

August 24, 2015

Swansongs has been longlisted for the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year in the UK. The prize is supported by the School of English and Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Kent.

 

The longlisted poets were chosen by a judging panel comprised of: Luigi Marchini, Sonia Overall and John Baylis.

 

The winner of the University of Kent Prize and Poet of the Year will be announced at an Awards Evening on 8 October 2015, in the Gulbenkian Theatre. The Canterbury Festival is one of the largest Literary Festivals in the UK and takes place over two weeks in October.

 

The longlisted poems will appear in the annual Poet of the Year Anthology 2015 published by The Friends of Canterbury Festival.

August 21, 2015

Wes has two poems longlisted for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. With a total prize-pool of $25,000 AUD.

 

The longlist was selected by the judges Subhash Jaireth, Judy Johnson and Alvin Pang and will now be presented to the head judge Elizabeth Smither who will choose the winning poem, runner-up and four shortlisted poems.

 

The winning poem will be awarded $15,000, and will be announced September 9.

 

An anthology of the winning and longlisted poems will be published by the University of Canberra in September.

August 18, 2015

Sand has been awarded 3rd prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2015 International Poetry Competition, judged by Harvey Molloy.

 

There were 412 entries in the Open Category.

 

The winning entries will appear in the annual anthology, along with a number of poems selected by the editor.

 

‘The New Zealand Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Its patrons are Dame Fiona Kidman and Vincent O'Sullivan.’

 

The anthology will be launched by the New Zealand Poetry Society in November.

 

‘Sand... tonally satisfying and nicely underplayed.’ – Harvey Molloy

August 18, 2015

After the Funeral: Three Paperweights has been shortlisted for one of Verandah’s Literary Prizes. The winners will be announced at the launch on August 21 at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

 

Each year Verandah offers a number of prizes donated by their sponsors for the best pieces to appear in the journal, selected by the editors: Jessica Harvie, Breanna Zampaglione, Bonnee Crawford, Justine Stella, and Sarah Bilotta.

 

Now in its 30th year, Verandah 30 will be launched at a special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival August 21.

August 4, 2015

Lifesaving has been awarded 2nd place in The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2015. Selected by the judges: Tristram Fane-Saunders and Holly Howitt-Dring.

 

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. ‘Across a long life – spanning several incarnations – the pages of the Magazine have played host to a wide range of canonical writers, from Wordsworth, Shelley, Hazlitt and Keats in the 18th-century, to T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh in the early 20th-century. Today – reinvigorated for a new century – the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing, and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape.’

 

‘In its continuing project of promoting emerging poetic talent, The London Magazine runs an annual poetry competition, providing the opportunity for publication in one of the most highly respected and established literary periodicals.’

 

 The winning poems will be published by The London Magazine in October.

August 1, 2015

After the Funeral: Three Paperweights has been selected to appear in Verandah, the annual literary journal of Deakin University, Melbourne.

 

This year’s editors are: Jessica Harvie, Breanna Zampaglione, Bonnee Crawford, Justine Stella, and Sarah Bilotta.

 

‘The first edition of Verandah Literary Journal was launched in 1986, beneath the shade of the ‘wide verandahs’ of Victoria College. From its inception Verandah has attracted high quality work from both established and emerging writers and artists for annual publication.’

 

Now in its 30th year, Verandah 30 will be launched at a special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival August 21.

July 26, 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The Short Fiction Prize in the UK. The shortlist of six was selected by Alison MacLeod & Anthony Caleshu.

 

The annual Short Fiction Prize is run by The University of Plymouth Press and offers a prize pool of 600 pounds and publication in the Short Fiction Journal edited by Anthony Caleshu and Tom Vowler:

 

‘Short FICTION appears annually in the autumn, publishing some of the finest short stories from around the world. Many of our authors are long celebrated, others we’ll take credit for as our discovery. We take special care to prepare each writer’s work with bespoke front-illustration and within its own chapbook of space. Our aim is to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between literature and the visual arts, exploring the potential for collaborative artistic practice. In short, we believe the literary journal should be a thing of beauty. See our back issues for stories by Kevin Barry, Helen Oyeyemi, Brad Watson and Marina Warner. Our current issue includes fiction by Deborah Eisenberg, Alison Moore, Graham Mort, Alex Preston and Mariko Nagai.’

 

The winner will be announced in July.

July 3, 2015

Launched at the Westerly Centre at the University of Western Australia, Westerly is the flagship literary publication of Western Australia and has published over 180 issues since 1956.

 

‘The magazine covers literature and culture throughout the world, but maintains a special emphasis on Australia, particularly Western Australia, and the Asian region. Westerly has a strong international reputation, being listed in all the world’s major cultural biographies and indexes, and has been instrumental in the careers of many of the regions most prominent and internationally renowned writers. These include major Western Australian writers such as Randolph Stow, Dorothy Hewett, T.A.G. Hungerford and Elizabeth Jolley; highly-awarded contemporary writers, including Tim Winton, Kim Scott, and Sally Morgan; and important local poets like John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan, John Mateer, and Lucy Dougan.'

Westerly can be purchased HERE

June 10, 2015

Wes has won the We Society Poetry Prize, judged by Dr. Jack Ross.

 

The three joint winners of the prize were announced on Tuesday night at the Peace Poetry Jam, Poetry Live, in Auckland.

 

50 poems selected by Dr. Jack Ross will also appear in the ‘We, Society’ poetry anthology to be published by Printable Reality later this year.

 

The We Society: Poetry Anthology will be officially launched at a live performance event on National Poetry Day – 28th August  2015 at Te Henga Studios.

June 7, 2015

A man dies drunk one night fishing for his keys and Daughter appear in Issue 9 of NOON: journal of the short poem, published in Tokyo, and selected by the editor Philip Rowland.

 

‘Published in hand-sewn, limited editions between 2004 and 2009, the journal aims to put some of the most interesting English-language haiku in conversation with other innovative short poetry. The new series appears online, with the journal’s style of presentation being retained as far as possible. A selection of poems from the online issues are published in printed book form every other year.’

 

Issue 9 can be read HERE

May 1, 2015

Wes has been accepted for publication in Cordite 51.1: UMAMI, selected by guest Editor Luke Davies.

 

Cordite Poetry Review is one of Australia’s foremost literary journals of poetry and essays.

 

Cordite 51.1: UMAMI, will be launched on October 1:

 

‘The loan-term ‘umami’ speaks of a cultural difference of sorts – one to be found in the taste buds. It’s the fifth category of taste (along with the more familiar ones of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). In Japan, umami contains within it the notion of the sweet and the sour at once … neither one or the other, nor simply both bound together. Umami is not necessarily a compound taste. It’s experience is elemental, indivisible.’ – Luke Davies

April 12, 2015

Spectre appears in Meniscus, an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) which aims to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing. 

 

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

 

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation.’

 

Meniscus, Volume 3, Issue 1, showcases writing from: Matthew Arnaudon, Eugen Bacon, Sarah Barr, Owen Bullock, John Irving Clarke, Tina Cole, Stephen Devereux, Willo Drummond, Liz Hambrick, Geoffrey Heptonstall, Wes Lee, Alexandra McLeavy, David McVey, Helen L Moore, Mario Petrucci, Heather Richardson, Jane Simpson, Ian C Smith, Christine Stanton, Margarita Tenser, Christine Thatcher, Samuel Wagan Watson, Heidi Williamson.

February 14, 2015

‘A celebration of love with music and poetry by the water. Enjoy a romantic day in the environs of the Mandurah Performing Arts centre experiencing romantic love poetry and music by spoken word performers Dean M. Whelan (Melbourne), Mags Webster (Hong Kong) and Maitland Schnaars with Kevin Gillam plus Gail Willems and other winners and contributors of the Poetry d’Amour Contest. Music by Justin Walshe Duo.’

 

Poetry d’Amour will feature at events in two locations on Valentine’s Day 2015: Perth Zoological Gardens (Home of Poetry d’Amour) from sunset to 9.30 pm. And Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery from 11am to 12.30 pm.

January 27, 2015

Wes has been shortlisted for The London Magazine’s Short Story competition by the judges Polly Samson and Harriet Kline. The shortlist of 10 was announced today on The London Magazine’s website.

 

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. ‘Across a long life – spanning several incarnations – the pages of the Magazine have played host to a wide range of canonical writers, from Wordsworth, Shelley, Hazlitt and Keats in the 18th-century, to T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh in the early 20th-century. Today – reinvigorated for a new century – the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing, and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape. We are home to some of the very best names in short story writing, including Raymond Carver, Alison MacLeod, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd.

 

The annual short story competition offers a prize fund of 1,000 pounds, publication in The London Magazine, and is open to submissions worldwide.

 

‘The competition continues to grow and every year it is exciting to see an eclectic mix of truly inspiring and inventive short stories.’

 

‘The winners will be formally announced at a champagne reception in the House of Commons on the 11th March 2015.’

 

View the shortlist HERE

January 1, 2015

Going to Bed with Friends appears in HISSAC winners: The Last Ten Years, an anthology published by the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association.

 

‘This anthology consists of 50 of the best stories from the first ten years of HISSAC, selected from thousands of entries over the years – a hugely diverse selection covering all manner of subjects; often moving, always well written, and many very surprising, HISSAC is very proud of all the authors and their stories.’

 

Highlands and Islands Short Story Association (HISSAC) was founded in 2004 by Scottish novelist Clio Gray, and is based in Balintore in the Highlands of Scotland.

 

The anthology is available in Kindle and paperback formats on Amazon UK

 

 

Wes has been longlisted for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry prize, with a total prize pool of $25,000

 

Wes has been longlisted for The National Poetry Competition, in the UK, selected by the judges Vicki Feaver, W.N. Herbert and Nick Laird.

‘Conch’ appears in Riptide Issue 9, an anthology of poems on the theme of childhood. Launched on Friday night at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. Contributing poets include Vicki Feaver, Julia Deakin, Jane Draycott, Robyn Bolam, with a Foreword by Julia Copius.

Wes Lee's poem ‘Gilda’ has been chosen as one of ten finalists in the Magma Editors’ Prize, and commended by the judges: Julia Bird, Roberta James, Rob A Mackenzie, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Laurie Smith.

Wes has three poems commended in The Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize 2013, chosen by the judge Thomas McCarthy.

‘Conch’ has been accepted for publication in the Riptide anthology, published by the University of Exeter. Riptide is a UK literary journal, edited by Sally Flint and Ginny Baily. The anthology (on the theme of childhood) will be launched in February, and the selected poems will also form the basis for a dramatic production by Cygnet Theatre.

‘Confluence’ has been shortlisted for The Lancelot Andrewes Awards, judged by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, in the UK.

The Lancelot Andrewes Awards, are annual awards for the arts, administered by Southwark Cathedral in London. This year’s theme ‘Journeys through Fire’ commemorates the 800th anniversary of a great fire that swept through Southwark on St Benedict’s Day 1212.

The Lancelot Andrewes Awards Evening will take place at Southwark Cathedral on November 20. Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy will read from her collected works, with musical interludes from the Cathedral’s Merbecke Choir. The winning poems will be announced by Carol Ann Duffy and read by acclaimed British actor Timothy West.

Tokyo’ has been chosen as a finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Prize 2012.

Poetry London. Wes has been commended in Poetry London’s 2012 competition by the judge Neil Astley.

Founded in 1988, Poetry London is one of the UK’s leading poetry magazines.

Wes’s poem ‘Ginnel’ was one of 4 poems commended by Neil Astley and will be published by Poetry London in October.