Submission to Cordite 103: AMBLE

By and | 13 May 2021

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We are celebrating 25 years of publishing throughout 2021. Milestones include the 100th issue of Cordite Poetry Review, Cordite Books’s 40th print title and the free anthology 40 Poets, soon supplanting 20 Poets.

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–Kent MacCarter

It seems to me then as if all the moments of our life occupy the same space, as if future events already existed and were only waiting for us to find our way to them …

Austerlitz, W G Sebald

To amble is to move with leisure, with pleasure. To amble is to walk with a sense of locatedness – in space but also in time. As we move through place, we leave traces of ourselves (individually and collectively) just as we are marked. But place is not static either; it exists through permeable layers of time.

How does memory map onto place? Does place have its own memory? How does language amble through and within time and place?

For this issue, we are interested in poetry of location and space in the Sebaldian sense. A mapping of space onto time – or time onto space. A seeking of presence. We are interested in specificity, but we want you to define the bounds of it. We are interested in acts of tracing, of the physical and the metaphysical. We are interested in writing – poetry, prose, digital, concrete, otherwise – that takes amble as its subject, but also as its form or function.

Submission to Cordite 103: AMBLE closes 11.59pm Melbourne time Sunday, 15 August 2021.

Please note:

  1. The guest editor(s) has sovereign selection choice for all poems submitted.
  2. Masthead editors will also contribute to the issue.
  3. We will only read submissions sent during our official submission periods.
  4. Cordite maintains a hybrid submissions policy. This means that the guest editor(s) may invite five (5) Australian and five (5) overseas authors directly to submit to the issue. In addition, the guest-editor(s) will anonymously select an additional 40 works from Australian authors and use their discretion to select further overseas works. For each issue, the guest editor does not know the identities of the online contributors (via Submittable) until after the final selections have been made.
  5. Simultaneous submissions or previously published material will not be considered. This includes works published in print and web journals but does not apply to material first published on personal blogs.
  6. Please place up to three (3) poems in one (1) Word, RTF or PDF document (unless specifically noted otherwise for special issues), with no identifying details in the document itself.
  7. We are not able to offer feedback on individual poems.
  8. Submissions will only be accepted via Submittable …


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