Unless otherwise stated, Island welcomes submissions from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Australians living abroad.  

All submissions are via Submittable.

We accept simultaneous submissions; however, if your work is selected for publication elsewhere, please withdraw it from Island Submittable.

We do not accept work previously published in print or online, including on blog

Contributor Policy

You do not need to be an Island subscriber to submit or enter any of our prizes. However, we believe that writers ought to be readers of the literary magazines in which their work is published, so for this reason, if your work is published in our print version, and you not already a subscriber, your total payment will be less the cost of a 4-issue subscription. For a small not-for-profit literary magazine, this is a necessary step in a long-term strategy to build circulation. This, in turn, will allow us to increase the amount we can afford to pay our writers. For background information on our contributor fee policy, see here.


Contributor fees for print submissions are between 10 and 20 cents per word for fiction and nonfiction, and $125 per poem. Fees are less the cost of a 4-issue subscription if you are not a current subscriber (as explained above). 

Contributor fees for Island Online are $200 for short-form fiction and nonfiction.

We continually strive to increase author payment rates through fundraising and grants.

Through a series of webinars, mentorships and publishing opportunities, Island seeks to encourage the development of new creative literary responses to bolster an underrepresented literary genre in Australia: Nature Writing.
Over the next 18 months, via Island's new website, we will publish three cycles of nature writing, featuring six pieces each.  
We are now accepting submissions for the third cycle.
Submissions will be considered from Australian citizens and residents only.
What are we looking for?
We welcome traditional approaches to nature writing, but also more experimental, unorthodox approaches to the genre. We encourage submissions from diverse and underrepresented voices. We are open to non-fiction up to 2500 words. Works may include fictional or poetic elements, but we're not looking for poems or short stories.
Please only submit one essay – your best!
Contributor fees:  
$400 will be paid for each successful piece on publication.
Submissions for the third cycle are now open and close midnight on 28 September 2022.
Works selected in this cycle will be published via the Island website in late 2022.
Please don’t submit work previously published in print or online, including on blogs.
All submissions are via Submittable and your work must be attached as a text document (acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf). If you would like to include images please do insert them into your text doc.
We do not have specific formatting requirements; however, it makes reading easier for our editors if your submission uses generous line spacing and margins. (We prefer Australian spelling and punctuation conventions; single quotation marks; spaced en rules for dashes – however, all of this can be resolved during editing.)
As Island is not an academic/scholarly journal, we prefer not to use footnotes or include reference lists if we can avoid it. Try to weave the author’s name and the title of the work into your text instead – for example, ‘... as Rebecca Giggs, in her Granta essay ‘The Leech Barometer’, describes ...’ If you must include references, use author-date/Harvard style.
We accept simultaneous submissions; however, if your work is selected for publication elsewhere, please withdraw it from Island Submittable.
You will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt of your submission. After that, you will generally not hear from the editorial team until after submissions have closed.
Once decisions are made, you will be contacted (either via Submittable or direct email) regarding the outcome, whether or not your work is accepted. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individual feedback on submissions that are not accepted.
Although our expectation is that selected works are likely to require minimal editing, Ben Walter and Managing Editor will edit/proofread the pieces for publication. You will be consulted on all changes and will have final approval of your work.
Terms and conditions
Writers must guarantee that their work is original, does not plagiarise or infringe the copyright of any other party, and does not breach any other law or ethical principle of publication (e.g. defamation, libel, obscenity).
Copyright remains with the authors; however, writers must give Island exclusive publication rights for the work for one month from publication. Any further reproduction must publicly acknowledge Island as the original publisher.
Further information
For more information on Island visit
For information on the seminars and mentorships click here

This project was assisted through a 'New Work for New Markets' grant from Arts Tasmania.

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