RABBIT is a print journal for nonfiction poetry, based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded by Jessica L. Wilkinson in mid-2011 and has recently released its 33rd issue.

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 Jane Hirshfield, Jordie Albiston, Natalie Harkin, Johanna Drucker, Dennis Cooley, Craig Santos Perez, Jaya Savige, Justin Clemens, Jennifer Compton, Kenneth Goldsmith, Stuart Cooke, Melody Paloma, Lisa Gorton, Duncan Hose, Michael Farrell, Petra White, Cassandra Atherton, Liam Ferney, Amy Brown, Alison Whittaker, Anna Jackson, Alex Skovron, Alvin Pang, joanne burns, Robert Sullivan, Ian McBryde, Jeanine Leane, 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.

Rabbit is currently accepting submissions for Issue 37: the COLLABORATIONS Issue, to be guest co-edited by Jacqui Malins and Jessica Wilkinson. For this issue, we are keen to see the wild and wonderful results of two or more minds and/or bodies and/or practices coming together to generate art. Such works might take the form of poetry written collaboratively by two or more people, collaborations between poet/s and other artists, cross-practice experiments, collaborations with non-humans, or any poetry-related collaborations that fall in-between or beyond.

*Submissions for the main poetry section must include a 'nonfiction poetry' component, but we are also open to collaborative works that feature images or any other material that can be adequately represented within the pages of our print-only journal. Please send up to 3 collaborative works in one document through Rabbit’s Submittable site. Please include in the cover letter of your submission:

• full contact details for all contributors to the work (postal address, email)

• 50-word max. bio for all contributors to the work

• a short (50-word max.) response (one for each contributor, or else a collaborative response) to the following: "Name a collaboratively-produced work that you love and tell us why." (NB. your answer need not address a poetry-related project, although that would, of course, be especially wonderful!)

Submissions for other sections: For anyone interested in submitting material for our other sections (essays, reviews, interviews) we would love to hear from you. For this issue, we want every submission to be collaborative in some way: collaboratively-written essays; reviews on one book from two or more perspectives (note that we mostly focus reviews on Australian poetry volumes); interviews as conversations between two or more poets etc. Please contact the editors via the website: rabbitpoetry.com.


About the guest editors:

JACQUI MALINS is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist based in Canberra. Her first collection, F-Words was published by Recent Work Press in 2021, and her work has appeared in Axon Creative Explorations, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, The Blue Nib, Not Very Quiet and Poets Reading the News. She created poetry shows 'Words in Flight'; and 'Cavorting with Time' (with a chapbook of the same name published by Recent Work Press in 2018) and has performed at events including Poetry on the Move (Canberra, 2022 & 2019), Woodford Festival and the National Folk Festival. Jacqui directed and produced Canberra's 2021 Poetic City Festival.

JESSICA L. WILKINSON is the Editor-in-Chief of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry and the author of three poetic biographies, most recently Music Made Visible: A Biography of George Balanchine (Vagabond, 2019). She co-edited, with Bonny Cassidy, Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers, 2016) and with Cassandra Atherton, Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians in Poetry and Watercolours (Hunter Publishers, 2021). She has also collaborated with artists, musicians and other poets to co-generate artworks. Jessica is Associate Professor in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne.

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