RABBIT is a print journal for nonfiction poetry, based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded by Jessica L. Wilkinson in mid-2011 and is released quarterly.

A pioneer in the field, RABBIT intends to celebrate the potential for poetry to explore and interrogate the boundaries of nonfiction writing. RABBIT encourages poets to openly engage with auto/biography, history, politics, economics, mathematics, cultural analysis, science, the environment, and all other aspects of real world experience, recollection and interpretation.

RABBIT publishes all things poetry – poems, reviews, essays on poetry and poetics, interviews with poets, and visual art by poets – with an emphasis on new and emerging rabbits (poets) and a focus on supporting Australian poetry.

Some of the contributors to the journal include Michael Brennan, Stuart Cooke, Johanna Drucker, Dennis Cooley, Craig Santos Perez, Justin Clemens, Jennifer Compton, Kenneth Goldsmith, Duncan Hose, Michael Farrell, Jordie Albiston, Petra White, Amy Brown, Anna Jackson, Alex Skovron, Robert Sullivan, Ian McBryde, Kate Middleton, Jill Jones, Bonny Cassidy, Patrick Jones, Eileen Myles, Ann Vickery, Lesley Wheeler, Ania Walwicz, Pierre Joris, Peter Boyle, Ken Bolton, Fiona Hile and Pam Brown.

Ends on August 31, 2019

RABBIT is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction poetry for Issue 29: Lineages, to be guest co-edited by poets Chi Tran and Matthew Hall.

Lineages: from the anxiety of influence to political inheritance, this issue of Rabbit is thinking about poetic relationships, making kin, and the politics of origin.

Send up to 3 poems (short or long) in one document through RABBIT‘s Submittable site. Please include in the cover letter of your submission:

• full contact details (postal address, email)

• 50-word max. bio

• a short (50-word max.) response to the following: What is something you've learned from a poem/poet that you'd like to pass on to others?


Chi Tran  is a writer, editor and an artist, who makes poems that may be text, essay, object, sound, or drawing. Chi is primarily interested in working with language as a means of coming-to-terms. Their work has been published in/exhibited at: Incendium Radical Library Press; Cordite Poetry Review; Punk Café; Australian Poetry; recess gallery; Liminal; Firstdraft; and more. In May of 2019, with support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Foundation, Chi undertook a mentorship and assistantship under renowned poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, in New Mexico and New York.

Matthew Hall has published extensively on the work of J.H. Prynne and British late-modern poetry and poetics, including the 2015 monograph Violence in the work of J.H. Prynne. Hall is the author of numerous books of poetry and is the Scholarly Editor of Cordite Poetry Review.

RABBIT is a journal of nonfiction poetry. If you are concerned that your take on the ‘real world’ is slightly abstract, don’t worry–include a line or two to tell us why you categorise your poem as ‘nonfiction.’ We are very much open to poetry experiments! Please note that we do not accept previously published poems; simultaneous submissions are fine (provided you let us know immediately if your poems have been accepted elsewhere).

RABBIT also publishes book reviews, essays interviews with poets and visual artworks by poets. The editors regularly solicit this material, but are open to expressions of interest. Please see the website at rabbitpoetry.com.

Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry