Not An Island Submissions Guidelines

Not An Island reserves the right to make spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other minor copyediting changes, for correctness and conformity to NAI house style.

Most of the work we receive is publishable. The process is one of selection, not rejection.

Submit by email to  with “for NAI” in the subject line.

Submissions Deadlines:

Winter issue: January 6
Spring issue: April 6
Summer issue: July 6
Fall issue: October 6

Files must be in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or shared via Google Docs. Articles in Portable Document Format (.pdf) will not be accepted

Prose: maximum 1,200 words

Poetry: maximum 2 pages; maximum 3 poems per submission

Note: we are a magazine of contemporary literature. We believe that poetry is an expression of the true inner voice unrestricted by formal structures of the past, therefore classical rhyming poetry forms (e.g., sonnets, limericks, couplets) are unlikely to be accepted.

If applicable, identify the publication and date the piece you’ve submitted has been previously published.

Images: Minimum 1800 pixels wide; 300 dpi; JPG, TIFF, or PNG.

Contributors provide emailed permission for publication of their work both online and in print in the quarterly journal and anthology. SCWES may also publish the material on its website or in its promotional material. Copyright for all other uses remains with the contributor.

Contributors provide a photo and brief bio.

Works created substantially by Artificial Intelligence must be identified as such.


The decisions of the editor and the board are final.


Not An Island House Style