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by Anne Elvey

What are the animals saying?


 Submissions are now  closed for the August 2017 issue
of Plumwood Mountain journal

guest edited by Stuart Cooke

who writes:

For this issue, I will be concerned primarily with a single question, ‘What are the animals saying?’

Approaches to this question might come from anywhere: the terms on which it rests could be completely unsettled (who are the animals? what does it mean to say?), or these same terms could propel poetry into new places (new beings, new poetics) and displace the primacy of the human utterance.

Questioning, saying, uttering: the seeds of multivalent poetics, where poetry is wordly and worldly, made of words [perhaps] but evocative of all kinds of inscriptions, gestures, forces.

Stuart Cooke’s latest collection is Opera (Five Islands Press, 2016). He is the winner of the 2016 Gwen Harwood Prize and the 2016 New Shoots Prize. He lives on the Gold Coast, where he lectures at Griffith University.

Submissions will re-open in mid-September for the February 2018 issue. Check back for the next call for submissions then.

Submissions Guidelines (please follow these closely)

Send up to 3 poems in Times New Roman 12pt font, 1.5 spacing with each poem as a separate email attachment. Poems should not be previously published, but simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please let the managing editor know if your poem is accepted elsewhere. Poems should be submitted as .docx, .doc, or .rtf files (send visual poems as both .pdf and .jpg.) by email to: . Do not include your name or contact details on the poems themselves, and please delete personal information from your electronic file properties. Include email contact details and a brief (50 word) bio in the body of an email.

General scholarly essays can be sent any time unless otherwise noted

Plumwood Mountain also considers submissions of scholarly essays and book reviews, creative prose and photo essays.

Scholarly essays should be 3000 – 5000 words in length

Books are currently available for review

Book reviews should be 1000 – 2000 words in length. See our Notes for Reviewers, also the list of available books. To read previous reviews visit the Book Reviews page.

Style for articles and reviews: Times New Roman, left justified, 1.5 spacing, with footnotes, or author-date, and bibliography, following Chicago Manual of Style.

All  articles, reviews and essays should be submitted as .docx, .doc, or .rtf files by email to:

For multimedia, photographic essays, sound recordings and visual art, please first discuss the submission process and formatting with the managing editor at

Copyright of poems, artwork, articles and reviews remains with the contributor.


Funds are not currently available to pay contributors, as all work for the journal is voluntary, but if funding becomes available we plan to give paying poetry contributors priority.

Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics

ISSN 2203-4404

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An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.