We welcome submissions for the magazine from both established and emerging writers currently living on Vancouver Island and its surrounding islands. Submissions from both members and non-members are eligible for consideration. 

Island Writer is published twice a year, in June and December. Submission windows are as follows:

  • June edition: between December 01 and February 01.
  • December edition: between June 01 and August 01.

Note that the December edition also includes winners of our annual writing contest, which has separate submission guidelines as noted on our website. 

Please allow five to seven business days for receipt of your submission to be acknowledged.


  • Poetry
  • Fiction 
  • Creative Non-Fiction.
  • NEW: Essay
  • NEW: Submit your photo to be considered for the magazine cover. 
  • Book Reviews

Submission Lengths and Limits:

  • Poetry: One Poem – maximum 100 lines.  Poets should submit their work in both PDF and Word format.
  • Fiction: maximum 2,500 words (Chapters from novels accepted if they can stand-alone)
  • Creative Non-Fiction: maximum 2,500 words
  • Essay: maximum 2500 words. Opinion pieces must reflect issues relevant to Vancouver Island and its surrounding islands.
  • Photograph: Subject matter must relate to Vancouver Island and its surrounding islands. If photograph is of artwork, it must be the submitter’s own artwork. If chosen, we may ask for a larger file size. 
  • Book Reviews: Maximum 500 words. Reviews must be of a new or current publication by a member of the Victoria Writers’ Society. This is an excellent way to celebrate our local authors. Reviews cannot be done by the author of the publication. 

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. Please remove your name from your submission.
  • MS Word document. Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced.
  • Except for the opening line, indent paragraphs and leave no spaces between paragraphs when submitting fiction. creative non-fiction and essays.
  • Before submitting, please check spelling and grammar. It is strongly advised to ask for feedback on your work before submitting.
  • Authors are requested to use inclusive language that respects diversity.
  • Send to the Editor-in-Chief, Cynthia Philp, at editor@victoriawriters.ca who will forward the pieces to the appropriate genre editor. In the subject line put:

“Island Writer – genre ” (genre: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essay, cover art or book review)

  • 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) in the body of your email.

Copyright Information

Authors and photographers retain all copyright after publication.

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