Gunnedah Youth Zine

A few weeks ago, I submitted three poems to the first edition of the Gunnedah Youth Zine.

I’m so excited to see my work in print, and what’s more, I wrote two of the poems after-hours at the Mackellar Centre, which is both my place of work and a shrine to Australia’s poetess, Dorothea Mackellar.

I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride as I look at my office wall now. I know I’ve contributed to the art of poetry, as I’m quite literally surrounded by it in my line of work as a Project Officer.

And the great thing about poetry: it takes a significantly less amount of time to write in comparison to a full-length novel!

A big thanks to Sewa Emojong from Gunnedah Shire Council, our talented illustrator Danny Stanley and the Rotary Club for making this all possible.

The magazine itself is free, so keep an eye out for it as it floats around Gunnedah!


The road to landing a literary agent is not an easy one. I soon discovered this after beginning my search.

I remember being bitterly disappointed the first few rejections I received. I honestly thought I was doing something wrong and couldn’t understand why no one wanted me.

The pain of rejection has since numbed. When I send a query now, I don’t invest in it. I’m hopeful, but ultimately realistic about the outcome.

I queried this particular agent only a few days ago, and she replied this morning. I must say is one of the most personalised rejections I’ve received, and her comments about my query being eyecatching have given me a huge confidence boost. It means I’m on the right track.

Rejection, in whatever context, makes you question your own ability. It’s disheartening, and upsetting, but will ultimately lead you to the path you’re supposed to be on.

Out of the thousands of literary agents out there, only one will love my work enough to take it on. I must remember this as I continue searching for the perfect fit.

Have a fabulous weekend. Keep going on whatever you think is impossible.

—B x