• Image detail: William Blake, Notebook c.1787 - c.1847

Call-out for poets: Spirit of Self-Expression

This year, we seek poems that resonate with the theme of a major exhibition which is part of MAG&M’s 90 year celebrations, Portraits Project: Self-Portrait (8 Aug – 18 Oct 2020).

Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Michele Seminara for live reading by the authors, who will each receive $50. Three of the poems will be selected for publication in online creative arts journal Verity La and receive an additional $50 payment.

All twenty poems will be eligible for publication on the Australian Poetry Collaboration website.

  • Submissions Close: Sunday 2 August via email to 
  • Entrants Advised: Sunday August 16
  • Performance of works by selected poets: Sunday 27 September, 2-4pm

Please note: this is a live reading event, and only those who will be available to read their poems in person on the should submit work.

There will be an open mic section at the event for those whose work wasn't selected but who still wish to read, or for any aspiring poet who would like to come along and share their 'self-expression' poems.

Contact Information

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
9976 1421