Island Writer Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions for the magazine from both established and emerging writers currently living on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.


Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

Submission Lengths and Limits:

  • Poetry: One Poem – maximum 100 lines
  • Fiction: maximum 2,500 words (Chapters from novels accepted if they can stand-alone)
  • Creative Non-Fiction: maximum 2,500 words

How to Submit:

Please, no more than one submission at a time, and submit in one category only.

The selections are made blindly – that is, without author identification.

Island Writer is published twice a year, in June and December. Submissions should be emailed by February 1st and August 1st, respectively. Your submission will be acknowledged upon receipt, year round, and kept until the next issue is being prepared.

Poets should submit their work in PDF and Word format.

Indent paragraphs and leave no spaces between paragraphs when submitting fiction and creative non-fiction.

Before submitting, please check spelling and grammar. It is strongly advised to ask for feedback on your work before submitting, in order to create a well-edited and proofread piece.

Send to the Editor-in-Chief, Joy Huebert at who will forward the pieces to the appropriate genre editor. In the subject line put:

“Island Writer – genre ” (genre: fiction, non-fiction or poetry)

In your accompanying e-mail, note the title of your piece and the word count. Also add your name, mailing address (for residence verification) and phone number, so we can reach you if something weird happens to your e-mail. Include a brief bio (30-40 words).

Copyright Information

Writers retain all copyright after publication.