At this time we are not accepting submissions. We are working hard to make this intermission as brief as possible, but we ask that would-be submitters please respect our request for patience. The following information has been left unaltered so as to inform submissions upon reopening. Work submitted prior to reopening will be declined unread.

Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters
has no schedule of publication. We publish whenever something interesting arrives. Our inbox is open all year round and we read all submissions as time allows. We receive a large number of submissions and do our best to reply to all received.

Our motto is: ‘Think Forward ~ Answer Back’, and we live by it. We favour the cutting truth over blunt execution, the experimental over the familiar, the heart over form. Give us your gristle and we’ll chew it over. Cut deep and we’ll bleed. Chain us to the goddamn tow bar and drag us in the wake of your message. In short: submit necessary art. Work we dare not ignore.


We invite submissions of the following for publication online and for possible inclusion in future edited collections and anthologies.

  • Poetry (including visual/video & spoken word recordings)
    ⇥ Please submit no more than three poems at a time. Submissions in English language translation should include a copy of the original text.
  • Short fiction
    ⇥ The ‘short’ is mandatory. Please submit work of no more than 1500 words.
  • Creative nonfiction/literary nonfiction/travel writing
    ⇥ Please submit no more than one piece at a time.

Note: We no longer accept postal submissions.
Please do not submit previously published work. If you believe your work sits in some sort of exemptive multi-publication pocket dimension, you can let us know here.

We reserve the right to neglect, disregard, or remove any work we must. If your work is racist, xenophobic, TERFy SWERFy, homoph- look, if your work brings hate, or punches down? Spreads disinformation, uses our platform for poisonous intent? Mate, you’re no friend of our’s. We don’t have a blacklist, but we’ll make one for you.


You know the story; independent journals never have any cash. Trust us; we know, and it pisses us off.

Bareknuckle Poet pays $30.00 AUD a pop per accepted submission, across all formats. It ain’t much, drawn straight from our Editor-In-Chief’s dayjob paycheck, but with this pittance we salute you the artists, and raise middle finger to the devaluers of heart and voice.

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All works published by Bareknuckle Poet are licensed under a
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