Social Justice Anthology

Writers previously published by GP (either in collections of their own or in anthologies) are invited to submit up to 2 poems for consideration for an anthology to be launched in July 2016 as a key part of GP's 20th birthday celebrations.

The editor of the anthology, Ann Nadge, says, ‘What we are after is a collective expression of current social concerns among the GP cross-section of the population. Poets are free to interpret the theme in their own way but poems should have a connection with social justice (or lack thereof). The structure and title of the anthology will emerge through consultation and as the work takes shape. No more than 1 poem per poet will be selected and there will be no guarantee of inclusion. Correspondence will not be entered into. This is an opportunity to show poetry’s unique capacity to reach beyond mere commentary and social critique.'

Poems should not exceed 28 lines. 

Contributions (no more than 2 poems) should be emailed to 
Ann Nadge

The closing date for submissions is 30 November 2015.
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Port Adelaide - home of Ginninderra Press since 2008

Ginninderra Press is an award-winning independent publisher based in Port Adelaide, South Australia

Ginninderra is part of Canberra's Belconnen area, in which Ginninderra Press operated for its first twelve years before moving to Port Adelaide in 2008. Ginninderra is an Aboriginal word said to mean 'throwing out little rays of light’.

Ginninderra Press, described in The Canberra Times as 'versatile and visionary', is an independent book publisher set up in 1996 to provide opportunities for new and emerging authors as well as for authors writing in unfashionable genres or on non-mainstream subjects. The press recognises that there are many more worthwhile manuscripts than mainstream publishers can publish. Many of its titles have won awards (scroll down to see the full list).

All Ginninderra Press titles go through an editorial selection and review process; only a small proportion of titles is accepted for publication. Where relevant, evidence of peer review is expected. Previous publication is looked on favourably but is not essential.

Ginninderra Press chooses to operate without any direct subsidies from the public purse. The press believes that works requiring subsidies are of their nature likely to be only marginally commercially viable and subsidies encourage over-production. Because it receives no direct subsidies and chooses to publish non-mainstream works, Ginninderra Press of necessity operates on a very limited budget.

Ginninderra Press recognises the fact that many people have good ideas for books but cannot get them published, either because of their inexperience in preparing manuscripts or because the potential sales are insufficient to interest a conventional publisher. Ginninderra Press offers expert editing and proofreading, as well as design and lay out services. Scroll down to see submission guidelines.

What makes Ginninderra Press really different, however, is its use of economical formats to publish books of specialist interest and to market them directly to small target readerships. Ginninderra Press edits, designs and lays out manuscripts, and arranges printing. Most of our books are now print on demand, with access to worldwide sales channels (including Amazon and Book Depository). Details are available on request.

Ginninderra Press is owned by Stephen Matthews, who has had extensive experience in teaching, bookselling and editing. After graduating from Cambridge University, Stephen was a teacher in the UK and Australia for nearly twenty years. He then had a very successful bookselling career. Stephen contributed book reviews, author profiles and articles to The Canberra Times and Australian Book Review for many years. He has written manuscript reports for several large publishers and has been a judge for literary awards and competitions.

In 2003, Stephen received a Centenary Medal for his ‘contribution to the writing community and ongoing support for local authors’. In October 1997, he won a Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature for his ‘tireless contribution to the writing community’. Stephen compiled ‘How Did the Fire Know We Lived Here?’, a best-selling collection of stories about the January 2003 Canberra bushfires which raised over $73,000 for the Bushfire Recovery Appeal. He also edited Eye of the Soul, a collection of interviews with writers for children and young adults.

Benefits of being published by Ginninderra Press
- widely respected, award-winning imprint established in 1996
- marketing support and advice, including free colour flyer/order forms and launch invitations
- inclusion on the Ginninderra Press website, with a link to the author’s website (where available)
- with our print on demand option, access to worldwide sales channels (including Amazon and Book Depository)
- opportunities for participation in events exclusive to Ginninderra Press authors (such as readings and forums, as well as special projects like The Heart of Port Adelaide, Collecting Writers and the Pocket Poets series)

Submission guidelines

We do
not accept manuscripts from writers resident outside Australia.

We do
not accept novels from writers who have not previously been published by Ginninderra Press.

We do
not publish children's books.

Details of our publication arrangements are available on request.

Non-fiction
A focus on matters of social concern is looked on favourably. Previous publication is not essential.

Fiction
We are not currently accepting novels from new writers, but collections of stories are welcome. Manuscripts should be socially aware, combining emotional impact with convincing storytelling. Previous publication is not essential.

Poetry
Manuscripts should combine emotional impact with arresting imagery. Social awareness is also looked on favourably. Previous publication is not essential.

Pocket Poets
Submissions for the Pocket Poets series are invited only from authors previously published by Ginninderra Press. Details and a sample from the series are available on request.

Pocket Polemics
Submissions for the Pocket Polemics series are invited from authors with something provocative to say about a social, cultural or political issue. Submissions must be well argued and should be approximately 5,000 words. Authors do not need to have been previously published by Ginninderra Press. Details and a sample from the series are available on request.

Pocket Places
Submissions for the Pocket Places series are invited from authors who have a favourite place they wish to evoke. Submissions should be approximately 5,000 words. Authors do not need to have been previously published by Ginninderra Press. Details and a sample from the series are available on request.

Pocket People
Submissions for the Pocket People series are invited from authors who have written a tribute to an unsung man or woman. Submissions should be approximately 5,000 words. Authors do not need to have been previously published by Ginninderra Press. Details and a sample from the series are available on request.

Picaro Press
Submissions for the new Picaro Poets series of chapbooks are invited from all poets. Details are available on request.

Disk or hard copy?
Complete manuscripts should be submitted in hard-copy form - email submissions are not accepted.

Presentation
Matters such as font size and spacing are left to authors' discretion.

Waiting time
It may take up to eight weeks before a decision is made whether or not to make an offer to publish. Manuscripts that are not accompanied by a stamped, addressed envelope may not be returned.

Production time
It usually takes six months from the acceptance of a manuscript to the date of publication.

Awards

'Ginninderra Press deserves compliments for the spare design of their covers, the clarity of the typeface and typesetting, and the fact that their books are a pleasure to hold as well as to read.' - Canberra Times

2014
Meat Pies & Mumbling Blokes (Margitta Acker)
Highly commended, Non-fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2014

Extravagance
(Irene Wilkie)
Highly commended, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2014

2013
Blue Roses of Orroroo (Margaret Visciglio)
Winner, People’s Choice Award, SA Writers Festival 2013

First... Then...
(Melinda Smith)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2013

The Love Procession
(Suzanne Edgar)
Highly commended, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2013

The Cancellation of Clouds
(P.S. Cottier)
Second prize, Poetry, Society of Women Writers NSW Biennial Book Awards 2013

Waiting for the Southerly (Susan McCreery)
Commended, FAW Anne Elder Award for a first collection 2012

2012

Indigo Book of Australian Prose Poems (edited by Michael Byrne)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2012

Hard Cases, Brief Lives
(Warwick Anderson)
Shortlisted, Mary Gilmore Award 2010/11

2011
A Siege of Contraries (Helen Rose Mitchell)
Winner, People’s Choice Award, SA Writers Festival 2011

A Man of Emails (Michael Byrne)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2011

A Quiet Day (P.S. Cottier)
Highly commended, Society of Women Writers NSW Biennial Book Awards 2011

The Rough End of the Stick (Ian Rae)
Highly commended, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2011

2010
Hornet Bank (Gordon Reid)
Winner, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2010

Before Afterwards
(Leon Trainor)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2010

Of Cheese & Chutney (Ian McFarlane)
Highly commended, Non-fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2010

Futures Trading
(Craig Cormick)
Runner-up, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2010

The Wardrobe
(Moya Pacey)
Runner-up, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2010

2009
Smoke & Mirrors (Kel Robertson)
Joint winner, Fiction, Ned Kelly Awards 2009
Winner, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2009

Sleeping Alone
(Michael Thorley)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2009

The Glass Violin (P.S. Cottier)
Highly commended, Society of Women Writers NSW Biennial Book Awards 2009

Still Life, Other Life
(Barbara Fisher)
Highly commended, Society of Women Writers NSW Biennial Book Awards 2009

Bird in the Egg
(Steve Holden)
Shortlisted, Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award 2009

2008
Rainbow (Jennifer Horsfield)
Winner, Non-fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2008

Not a Flotation Device (Peter Frankis)
Winner, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2008

Sundance of Shadow (Kylie Oakes)
Winner, Ron Euling Award for Writing 2008

Chooks in the City (Alyson Hill)
Commended, Non-fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2008

2007
Ghosts in the Helmet Trees (Rory Steele)
Winner, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2007

Secrets
(edited by Stephen Matthews)
Winner, Children's, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2007

Tangible Shadows (Dawn Bruce)
Winner, Society of Women Writers NSW Biennial Book Awards 2007

Famine in Newcastle (Ryan O'Neill)
Shortlisted, Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award 2007

And They're Still Falling (edited by Olwyn Broder, Venie Holmgren & Anabel Macdonald)
Highly commended, Non-fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2007

The Painted Lady (Suzanne Edgar)
Highly commended, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2007

Blundstones & a Brown Dog (Christopher Nailer)
Highly commended, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2007

Polishing the Silver (Jennifer Chrystie)
Commended, FAW Anne Elder Award for a first collection 2007

2006
A Funny Thing Happened at 27,000 Feet (Craig Cormick)
Winner, Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award 2006

Southbound (Michael Byrne)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2006

How To Succeed Without Really Winning (George Huitker)
Winner, Memoir, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2006

Frieda & the Cops (Elanna Herbert)
Runner-up, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2006

Worlds Turned Upside Down (Rochelle Ball)
Runner-up, Memoir, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2006

It Can't Be Forever (Tamara Jermolajew)
Runner-up, Memoir, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2006

Torture (Peter Reddy)
Runner-up, History, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2006

Body Image Body Scrimmage
Yogie Award 2006 for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Participation

2005
Unfinished Journey (Michael Thwaites)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2005

Trouble in the Garden (Peter Frankis)
Winner, Fiction, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2005
Shortlisted, Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award 2005

Mapless in Underland (Melinda Smith)
Commended, Poetry, ACT Writing & Publishing Awards 2005

2004
You (Narelle Wickham)
Winner, Fiction, ACT Publishing Awards 2004

Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets (ed. Geoff Page)
Winner, Poetry, ACT Publishing Awards 2004

Kiandra Gold (Hugh Capel)
Highly Commended, Fiction, ACT Publishing Awards 2004

Cold Touch (Lawrence Bourke)
Highly Commended, Poetry, ACT Publishing Awards 2004

Into the No Zone (Tim Metcalf)
Highly Commended, Poetry, ACT Publishing Awards 2004

'How did the fire know we lived here?' (ed. Stephen Matthews)
Highly Commended, Non-fiction, ACT Publishing Awards 2004

Princess of Cups (Craig Cormick)
Shortlisted, Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award 2004

2003
Cut Lunch (Chris Andrews)
Winner, FAW Anne Elder Award for a first collection 2003

2001
Blue (Jennifer Compton)
Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2001

2000
Collateral Damage (Geoff Page)
Highly Commended, ACT Book of the Year 2000

1999
Not Theirs the Shame Who Fight (Cleve Potter)
'...a jewel of First World War literature.' - Canberra Times