The Island Review welcomes unsolicited submissions, but before contacting us please take the time to browse our current content and read the following information.
What do we want?
The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and visual art from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness.
We’re looking for work that stands out from the crowd: work that is original, daring, witty, wise, radical, intelligent, illuminating or just plain excellent. If you think you fit into any (or all) of those categories, we want to hear from you.
Who can contribute?
Anyone who lives on an island; anyone whose work is about islands, set on an island or inspired by islands; anyone who doesn’t fit quite comfortably into one of these categories but who believes, nevertheless, that their work may be just right for us.
Please read this page to find out what we mean by the word ‘island’. But bear in mind, also, that we’re always willing to be persuaded.
So, while Australia may be a continental landmass rather than an island proper, if your work seeks somehow to highlight the islandness of that country, we’d probably want to take a look.
On the other hand, the island of Manhattan is probably less likely to interest us than, say, Ellis Island. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be interested.
If you think your work should be considered, tell us why.
When submitting, please bear the following guidelines in mind:
- Submissions can only be made by email to this address: email@example.com. Please include your name in the title of the message.
- Work can be attached as a document or included within the body of the email.
- Please include a short note explaining what your submission is (poetry, fiction, photography etc.) and why the work is suitable for The Island Review. Also tell us a little bit about yourself: where do you live? Have you been published before? Do you have a website? If the work has been published before, please tell us.
- For prose submissions, we do not ordinarily consider work of more than 3,000 words.
- For non-fiction, please provide a very short summary of the submission within your email.
- Do not send more than four poems.
- Any artwork or photographs should be sent as attachments.
- Because of the international nature of this site, we will not impose standardised spelling, grammar or punctuation on contributors.
In addition to general contributions, we also accept submissions and suggestions for our regular features: ‘island people’, ‘island books’ and ‘island food’.
- Island people: We hope to include profiles of and interviews with islanders of interest.
- Island books: Do you have a favourite island book? If so, please consider writing a short recommendation, or an interview with the author.
- Island food: We’re looking for photographs of food from islands around the world.
Like online beachcombers, we are always on the lookout for interesting websites, videos, pictures and news to share. If you find anything you think we might like, please send it firstname.lastname@example.org and title your email ‘Flotsam’.
There is no deadline for submissions, as publication will be on a ‘rolling’ basis.
If you have any ideas and suggestions for the website – who, what or where would you like to see featured, for instance – we’d very much like to know.
And if you would like to offer us help or assistance of any kind, please do.