Guidelines

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.

Payments

2023 contributor fees are:  

Fiction and nonfiction for print - 20 cents per word, with a minimum of $350 and a maximum of $750

Poetry for print - $125 per poem. 

Fees for print are less the cost of a 4-issue subscription if you are not a current subscriber. For background information on this policy see here.

Fees for Island Online - $200 for short-form fiction and nonfiction.

We continually strive to increase author payment rates through grants and fundraising. If we are successful, these rates may increase.

PROCESS
You will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt of your submission.

All submissions will be read by at least one member of the editorial team. 

Once decisions are made, you will be contacted (either via Submittable or direct email) regarding the outcome. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide individualised feedback on submissions that are not selected.

The expectation is that the selected works will require little editing. However, any editing involved will be undertaken by Island’s editorial team, in discussion with the author. The author will have final approval of the work.

A licensing agreement will be sent to the author prior to publication (see T&Cs below for further details).

TERMS & CONDITIONS
A licencing agreement outlining the contributor fee and full terms and conditions will be sent to authors prior to publication. Please be aware of the following:

  • Copyright remains with the author; but Island requires an exclusive licence for three months from publication. Following the exclusivity period, authors must continue to license the work to Island on a  non-exclusive basis. Any further reproduction should publicly acknowledge Island as the original publisher.
  • Authors must warrant that their work is an original work, that their work does not infringe any copyright and that they are the sole owner of the copyright in the work. They must also warrant that the work contains nothing obscene, indecent or libellous.

A draft of the full licencing agreement is available on request from admin@islandmag.com.

ELIGIBILITY
Island will only consider submissions from residents of Australia, New Zealand, our Pacific neighbours and Australians living abroad.  

TIMELINES & GUIDELINES
Submissions are now open and will close at midnight on 2 December 2022.

There is no fee to submit, and you do not need to be a subscriber. However, if your work is selected and you are not already a subscriber, your total payment will be less the cost of a 4-issue subscription. For background information on this policy see here.

Although we are not strict about the length of works, we tend not to publish flash fiction or microfiction in print very often. This doesn’t mean you can’t submit very short works - just be aware that this is not our staple. In terms of upper limits, we are less likely to publish works longer than 5000 words. Again, this is a general guideline; we do not have a formal cut-off. 

Submissions are via Submittable only. Your work must be attached as a text document (acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf). Please format using a minimum of 1.5 line spacing to make reading easier for our editors. 

Please only submit one story - your best!

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere.

CONTRIBUTOR FEES
2023 contributor fees are currently set at approximately 20 cents per word, with a minimum of $350 and a maximum of $750. Fees are less the cost of a 4-issue subscription if you are not a current subscriber. For background information on this policy see here.

We continually strive to increase author payment rates through grants and fundraising. If we are successful, these rates may increase.

PROCESS
You will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt of your submission.

All submissions will be read by at least one member of the editorial team. The final decision will rest with the Fiction Editor and Managing Editor.

Once decisions are made, you will be contacted (either via Submittable or direct email) regarding the outcome. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide individualised feedback on submissions that are not selected.

The expectation is that the selected works will require little editing. However, any editing involved will be undertaken by Island’s editorial team, in discussion with the author. The author will have final approval of the work.

A licensing agreement will be sent to the author prior to publication (see T&Cs below for further details).

TERMS & CONDITIONS
A licencing agreement outlining the contributor fee and full terms and conditions will be sent to authors prior to publication. Please be aware of the following:

  • Copyright remains with the author; but Island requires an exclusive licence for three months from publication. Following the exclusivity period, authors must continue to license the work to Island on a  non-exclusive basis. Any further reproduction should publicly acknowledge Island as the original publisher.
  • Authors must warrant that their work is an original work, that their work does not infringe any copyright and that they are the sole owner of the copyright in the work. They must also warrant that the work contains nothing obscene, indecent or libellous.

A draft of the full licencing agreement is available on request from admin@islandmag.com.

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Island!

ELIGIBILITY
Island will only consider submissions from residents of Australia, New Zealand, our Pacific neighbours and Australians living abroad.

TIMELINES & GUIDELINES
Submissions are now open and will close at midnight on 2 December 2022.

There is no fee to submit, and you do not need to be a subscriber. However, if your work is selected and you are not already a subscriber, your total payment will be less the cost of a 4-issue subscription. For background information on this policy see here.

We are not strict about word limits for nonfiction, and prefer to consider all works on their merits; however, our reader feedback suggests that articles under approx. 5000 words are preferred. 

Submissions are via Submittable only. Your work must be attached as a text document (acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf). Please format using a minimum of 1.5 line spacing to make reading easier for our editors.

Please only submit one piece - your best!

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere.

CONTRIBUTOR FEES
2023 contributor fees are currently set at 20 cents per word, with a min of $350 and a cap off $750. Fees are less the cost of a 4-issue subscription, if you are not a current subscriber. For background information on this policy see here.

We continually strive to increase author payment rates through grants and fundraising, and if successful, these rates may increase.

PROCESS
You will receive an automated acknowledgement of receipt of your submission.
All submissions will be read by at least one member of the editorial team. The final decision will rest with the Nonfiction Editor and Managing Editor.

Once decisions are made, you will be contacted (either via Submittable or direct email) regarding the outcome. We endeavour to provide a response to all submissions asap. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide individualised feedback on submissions that are not selected.

The expectation is that the selected works will require little editing. However, any editing involved will be undertaken by Island’s Editorial Team, in discussion with the author. The author will have final approval of the work.

A licensing agreement with be sent to the author prior to publication (see t&c below for further details) .

TERMS & CONDITIONS
A licencing agreement outlining the contributor fee and full terms and conditions will be sent to the author prior to publication, however, please be aware of the following:

Copyright remains with the author; but Island requires an exclusive licence for three months from publication. Following the exclusivity period, authors must continue to license the work to Island on a  non-exclusive basis. Any further reproduction should publicly acknowledge Island as the original publisher.

Contributors must warrant to the Publisher that their work is an original work, that their work does not infringe any copyright and that they are the sole owner of the copyright in the work. They must also warrant that the work contains nothing obscene, indecent or libellous.

A draft of the full licencing agreement is available on request from admin@islandmag.com


Thank you for your interest in publishing with Island!

Ends on $16.50
$16.50

We are delighted to once again to present the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, proudly support by The Hobart Bookshop. 

This years Prize will be judged by Island's poetry editor Kate Middleton, along with Jill Jones and Shastra Deo (see bios below).

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? 

For this year's prize we are looking for poems of between 20 and 100 lines, in any form.

THE PRIZE

The winning poet will receive $2000 + a three-issue subscription to Island*
Two runners-up will each receive $500 + a three-issue subscription to Island*
All three poems will be published in Island issue 167, due for publication in March 2023.

All other poems will be considered for publication at our normal contributor rates

ELIGIBILITY

Entry is open to Australian citizens and residents only.

No age limit applies.

Current Island magazine staff, interns and board members are not eligible.

TIMELINES & TERMS & CONDITIONS

Entries are now open and close at midnight on 11 December 2022.

Poems are to be at least 20 lines and up to 100 lines in length and can be in any form.

Entry fee of $16.50 per poem applies. You can enter as many times as you wish but each poem must be entered separately.

All entries are via Submittable only and your poem must be attached as a text document (acceptable file types: doc, docx, txt, rtf).

Entries will be judged ‘blind’, therefore please do not include your name on your poem.

Poems previously published are not eligible.

Judges’ decision is final, and no individual feedback will be provided.

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 three months from publication. Any further reproduction must publicly acknowledge Island as the original publisher.

The three winners agree to participate in any reasonable media events relating to their work, including radio and television interviews and online discussions.

*Subscription can start with either issue 166 or 167 (due to be published in March 2023). If you are a current subscriber this can either be added to your existing subscription, or you may gift the subscription.

MEET THE JUDGES

Kate Middleton 

Kate is Island's Poetry Editor. She is also author of the poetry collections Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier's Award for Poetry in 2009; Ephemeral Waters (Giramondo, 2013), shortlisted for the NSW Premier's award in 2014; and Passage (Giramondo, 2017). She was the inaugural Sydney City Poet from September 2011 to September 2012.

Jill Jones

Jill’s latest book is Wild Curious Air, winner of the 2021 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Her work has been published in Australia, Canada, Ireland, NZ, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and USA. She writes and teaches freelance, and previously has worked as an academic, arts administrator, journalist, and book editor.

Shastra Deo

Shastra was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. Her first book, The Agonist (UQP 2017), won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the 2018 ALS Gold Medal. Her second book, The Exclusion Zone, is forthcoming from University of Queensland Press in February 2023.

Further information
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