What do we want?

The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions of writing, 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 certainly doesn’t mean that we won’t be interested.

If you think your work should be considered, tell us why.

Donations

Unlike many online publications we do not charge for submissions. However, when submitting work, please consider making a donation to The Island Review to help us continue to produce the magazine and to keep it free of advertising.

Donating will not make us more likely to accept your work, but it will make us very happy indeed.

Responses

We will respond to every submission. However, this may take some time. We aim to respond to all prose submissions within two months, but poetry takes longer due to the large number of works that have to be read. 

For visual art and photography you should hear back from us within two weeks.

Please note

If you do not see an option for submitting poetry then we are not currently accepting these submissions. Please do not submit using another category or your work may not be considered.

  • Please include a short cover letter explaining what your submission is (painting, 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.
  • Please do not send more than 12 images. If we wish to see more we will let you know.
  • Image are for publication online only so do not need to be more than 72dpi.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT POETRY IN THIS CATEGORY. 
  • Please include a short cover letter explaining what your submission is (profile, essay, interview 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.
  • We do not ordinarily consider work of more than 3,000 words.
  • Please provide a very short summary of the submission in your cover letter.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT POETRY IN THIS CATEGORY. 
  • Please include a short cover letter explaining what your submission is 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.
  • We do not ordinarily consider work of more than 3,000 words.
  • Please provide a very short summary of the submission in your cover letter.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT POETRY IN THIS CATEGORY.