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Author Guidelines

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


Categories: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction.

Submission Lengths and Limits:

  • Poetry: no more than 150 lines,
  • Fiction and non-fiction: maximum 2,500 word

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.

Your submission will be acknowledged upon receipt, and kept until the next issue is being prepared. Island Writer is published twice a year, in May and December.

Send as Word or RTF attachments to the Editor-in-Chief, Sheila Martindale at IWsubmissions@victoriawriters.ca 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.).



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