Island magazine

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


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.

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