If our experience is anything to go by, poetry in Australia is alive and kicking. Sure, most main avenues of Australian cultural discourse don't seem to pay much attention to contemporary poetry. I couldn't tell you the last time I stumbled upon a review of an Australian poetry collection in The Guardian or any Fairfax paper. Add to that the consistently depressing image that we project of Australia as allergic to any kind of intellectual conversation, and it might look grim sometimes.
2018 is almost at an end. And what an amazing year it's been. Brain drip would like to thank everyone who submitted works to us this year. We had a blast reading them, and the quality of the submissions was definitely above our expectations. We look forward to reading more in the year ahead.
Our most popular published piece this year was I Thought You'd Be Different by Sydney writer Annette Freeman. Congratulations Annette! What a thrilling and compelling story it is too. If you haven't read it yet, do so now!
Did you know that Melbourne is officially a city of literature? Melbourne actually became just the second UNESCO endorsed literary city back in 2008. So for Aussies, Melbourne has always held a special place in our literary hearts.
If you have ever hit the internet in search of Australian magazines and journals that publish short fiction, then you've probably found it doesn't turn up a lot of quality results. And yet Australia does have quite a few high-quality magazines and journals that publish new, cutting-edge fiction from Australian writers. Brain drip (that's us!) is a new magazine on the front line of emerging Australian literary talent, and we think we should spread the word about other, similar magazines that we love. Sharing is caring, and we reckon the more the merrier.
Do you love good writing? So do we. If you have a short story, poem, essay or book review, we’d love to hear from you. We read and consider submissions on an anonymous basis, so it’s a level playing ground for everyone - whether you’re new to writing or an old hand. We've had a great response so far, but don't worry, there's plenty of room for new writing at Brain drip.
Australian poems are something we love here at Brain drip. Do you remember when poets were the Insta-celebs of the old world? So maybe those days are gone, but we haven't lost the love for the written word, rhyme or no rhyme, iambic pentameter or dactylic pentameter.
What exactly is the purpose of Australian literary magazines like Brain drip? How does publishing short stories help Australian writers?