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Hurray! Danielle Marsland from SixThousand sent us this:

Congratulations! Your project Cottonmouth has been chosen as the READ nominee for Perth in the The Thousands Awards!

The Thousands Awards is an online program that acknowledges talented local people, places and groups we believe are doing great things in each Australian city. Selecting these nominees has been a dental-grade headache. We come into contact with some scary talent each week - and whittling that down to one nominee per city is basically DIY molar extraction. But we did it  - and you're it.

If you get the most votes overall, you get $1000 towards your company (plus a really neat trophy and endless media acclaim!) Voters can win the same amount just by voting, too - so make sure you get all your friends involved and post the link on your websites and Facebooks. The Awards voting site is now live, featuring profiles on all the nominees in each state -

Voting closes on April 18, with winners announced on April 21.

Well done again, and good luck to you!

We're pretty chuffed to be held up alongside some pretty fabulous publications.

Help us out and go vote!

1)   The correct form of address when speaking to the Chancellor is "Your Eloquence".

2)   All open mic performers should write their name on the sign-up sheet by 10 PM.

3)   Performers' names will be drawn at random.

4)   Time is limited. Performers are encouraged to keep their pieces short, so as to allow as many people as possible a chance to perform.

5)   One performer will be awarded the title Speaker of Words, and will be asked to submit their piece to the following month's Cottonmouth zine.


Cottonmouth Anthology: Call for Submissions

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Cottonmouth is thrilled to announce that it will be publishing an anthology of work by those who have graced our stage (and page) over the last 13 months.

If you have previously performed at Cottonmouth or contributed to our zine then we invite you to submit, or re-submit, work for consideration for the anthology. A selection of previous zine contributions will feature in the book, for which we will be contacting writers shortly to ask for permission to re-publish. If you were not completely happy with your zine contribution the first time around then please send us your freshest edits. Writers are also welcome (and encouraged) to send in entirely new works.

The deadline for submissions is April 1 2009, but the sooner the better. Please submit work even if you feel it isn't entirely up to scratch yet. We have a team of experienced editors at hand who would be happy to help you get your piece publication ready. The word limit is 6, 000 words.

How to Submit:

For a full submission brief, please contact us at well in advance of the deadline.

Submissions are only open to those who have previously performed at Cottonmouth, or who have had work published in our zine.

Cottonmouth IV: Open for Zine Submissions

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Cottonmouth is a new spoken word narrative art project coming out of Perth, Western Australia. In an attempt to break out from the isolation of this far flung city, Cottonmouth has adopted a very unique format - it is part performance night, part publicaiton, part podcast. This means that Cottonmouth has, at its heart, a national perspective. Therefore, we are looking for national content for our zine. This zine is now open for submissions. There are a few simple guidelines:

  • submit two poems of no more than 60 lines each.
  • submit four smaller poems if they are no more than 15 lines each.
  • submit ficition or non fiction of no more than 1200 words max.
  • submit up to four illustrations in black and white, 300dpi and suitable for publication.
  • ALL WORK must be accompanied with a 50 word bio. please remember to include weblinks in your bios if you wish to draw readers attention to your work online.
  • each piece submitted must be in a separate attachment.
  • bio can appear in body of email but must also appear as separate attachment also.
  • rtfs, word documents and jpegs are preferred form of attachment.

Please include postal address if you wish to receive a copy of the zine and you're unable to attend COTTONMOUTH, which occurs on the second thursday of every month at the rosemount hotel's bar 459 on the corner of fitzgerald and angove streets in north perth.

Please email all work to and remember that this is a monthly publication, so work may appear in one or two issues depending.