Current status

We are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions.

We are interested in receiving review copies of relevant books. If you work for a publisher and want to send us something, please email us and we can send your our postal address.

(last updated May 2019)

We accept unsolicited submissions through a submissions manager. We aim to respond to all submissions within two months. Poetry submissions may take longer due to the volume of work we receive.

We try to inform everyone about the success or otherwise of their submission. Sometimes this doesn't happen, however. So if you don't hear from us within three months it's probably safe to assume we've decided not to publish your work.

What do we want?

The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness.

We are 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 are 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 would 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.


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 email it to us with the title 'Flotsam'.