Poetry Prize

Liquid Amber 2022 Poetry Prize LONG LIST

The Long List has been announced.

The Short List and Emerging Poets Prize due 1 September and winners 1 October.

The anthology to be launched 1 December.


Join Us

22 September 2022: Zoom Poetry Night 

Leaf – Anne Elvey’s wonderful new collection will be launched + feature Peter Larkin + Open Mic for all to enjoy

Latest Release

After Cage, 2nd edition

– a serial composition in word and movement on time and silence 

Call for 2023

Liquid Amber call for manuscripts for 2023 publication

In 2023 we will be publishing 2-3 poetry monographs.

We are looking for proposals for full manuscripts.

The call will be open from 1 to 31 October.

Poet in the Spotlight

Mark O’Flynn

shares favourite poems, reflects on the business of writing
and reads from ‘Undercoat’ for us.

Welcome to
Liquid Amber Press

We publish work at the intersections of poetry and visual art.

New Titles

Cover of Lockdown Poetry chapbook


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After Cage 2nd edition


‘After Cage  – a serial composition in word and movement on time and silence reimagines poetry in a liminal space between page and stage, mind and body, stillness and movement, pattern and chaos. This is ‘poetry / summoning itself’ against the fears of extinction that dominate our times, showing us what it is to be perilously but brilliantly alive.’   Maria Takolander

After Cage as first published by Girls on Key Press in 2018. This second edition published by Liquid Amber Press includes revised content and layout of the poetic sequence plus an extended contextualizing essay in which the poet reflects on the interplay of written text, performativity, music and silence.

An extra pleasure in reading After Cage is hearing Dominique Hecq performing her work. Purchasers of the book receive access to an audio file to listen as well as read.

Available as Downloadable PDF or Soft cover book


about the Author

Dominique Hecq

Dominique Hecq grew up in the French-speaking part of Belgium. She now lives in Melbourne on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Hecq writes across genres and disciplines – and sometimes across tongues. Her creative works include a novel, five collections of short stories and twelve books and chapbooks of poetry.

Liquid Amber Press is privileged to publish the second edition of Dominique’s After Cagea serial composition in word and movement on time and silence 

Cover of Lockdown Poetry chapbook


Plus Postage (calculated at Checkout)


Undercoat: Poems about Paintings


The poems in Undercoat contemplate painting as process, painting as storytelling, painting as mystery – visual art transfigured through the precision of a poet’s ear. The work is notable for vivid descriptions and adroit conjurings of texture and colour. There’s also a vein of old-school Australiana – shandies, black-and-white TVs, laminex tables. The writing is by turns lyrical, rackety, elegiac. Permeating the collection is a warm humour and a deep respect for all things: ‘Even horses deserve memorial. Even stones.’
Tricia Dearborn

Available as Downloadable PDF or Soft cover book


about the Author

Mark O’Flynn

Born in Melbourne, Mark O’Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains on Dharug–Gundengurra land. He has published six collections of poetry as well as novels, collections of short stories and a memoir. His novel The Last Days of Ava Langdon (2016, UQP) was shortlisted for both the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Ministers Literary Award, and was winner of the Voss Literary Award (2017). His poems have won the Banjo Paterson Open Poetry Prize, the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize, the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award, the Australian Icons prose poetry competition, the Booranga Prize and the IP Best Poetry Award. He has been shortlisted five times for the Newcastle Poetry Prize.

Liquid Amber Press is thrilled to publish Undercoat: Poems about Painting – Mark’s most recent poetry collection.

More Titles

2020 Shelter in Place

An extraordinary year in poetry and paint

Soft cover book or downloadable pdf

Cover of Lockdown Poetry chapbook

This Shuttered Eye

Poems of the long gallery, by Rose Lucas, published by Liquid Amber Press, 2021

Soft cover book or downloadable pdf

Unexpected Clearing

Poems by Rose Lucas, published by UWAP, 2016

Softcover book

Even in the dark

Poems by Rose Lucas, published by UWAP, 2013

Softcover book


“…. motifs and images which repeatedly connect the most routine elements of life with the vicissitudes and beauty of climate, landscape, and animality…” 

Alyson Miller,



“….an intensity which is lens-like in its ability to capture the tensions of a life lived shifting between real and imagined worlds.”

Dominique Hecq,



“Rose Lucas writes with tenderness and merciless accuracy about the intersection of the social and natural worlds”

Ali Jane Smith,

The Australian


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