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In the Beginning

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The Pocketry Almanack grew out of a frustration with getting published in Australian literary journals. It's incredibly difficult to get a foot in the door with the major poetry journals as they are already swamped with submissions and the standard is incredibly high. It's even harder to get feedback so you never know if your poem is rejected because it isn't good enough or doesn't fit the journal or the editor just doesn't like that particular style of poetry.

The idea was to create a new poetry journal for emerging and aspiring poets to submit their work and receive feedback. In order to submit to the journal you would have to be unpublished and the aim was to provide feedback for new poets so they could improve their writing and know what standard they are. 

Originally the journal was going to be digital and come out several times a year but somehow it morphed into an irregular print almanack with no fixed publication dates. Not surprising really given the founder of Pocketry, Indrani Perera, is a maker with a passion for bookbinding.