What do you publish? 

 Sky Island Journal is an independent, free-access, online literary journal with an international reach; we are dedicated to discovering, curating, and publishing the finest original poetry, flash fiction (under 1,000 words), and creative nonfiction (under 1,000 words). We only publish work written primarily in English and previously unpublished in any form.


Who do you publish?

We publish emerging writers and well-established authors, side by side, with gusto. You must be 18 years of age, or older, to submit.


When do you publish?

We publish quarterly. Issue 1 (Summer 2017) was released on July 22nd.

We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 2 (Fall 2017), which will be released on October 21st.


What do you mean by “creative nonfiction?”

Simply put, creative nonfiction is the truth, told well.

Creative nonfiction employs literary devices, techniques, and elements of style more commonly associated with fiction to create a factually accurate nonfiction narrative that reads in a vivid and compelling way. The following are examples of writing that fit comfortably under the creative nonfiction umbrella: 

  • Biography/Autobiography
  • Memoir/Diary
  • Literary Journalism (Any Subject)
  • Personal Essay (Any Subject)
  • Sports Writing
  • Travel/Adventure Writing
  • Conservation/Environmental Writing
  • Hunting/Angling Stories
  • Farming/Ranching Stories
  • Urban Dwelling/Urban Flight Stories
  • Immigration/Migration/Refugee Stories
  • Deployment/Homecoming Stories (Military Veterans and Private Contractors) 
  • Spiritual Awakening/Philosophical Enlightenment Narratives
  • Science/Art Focused Narratives
  • Cultural Focus/Independent Lens Narratives 


Why do you only publish flash fiction and creative nonfiction “under 1,000 words?”

There are many publications dedicated to this genre or that genre, but few are dedicated to the succinct, elegant craft of concision. We believe in the power of presenting big ideas within the package of a few words, and we know that many of you do too.


What are you looking for? What aren’t you looking for?

We don’t want to limit our readers; therefore, we don’t want to limit you. We know quality work when we experience it. We don’t mean to be coy, but you need to know that we’re not interested in making your art conform to some preconceived aesthetic. We’re neither presumptuous enough, nor pretentious enough, to proclaim what "won’t fit" before we even try it on. When it comes to what we publish (poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction), simply send us your best work--about anything, from anywhere--and we’ll take it from there. We only publish work previously unpublished in any form.


What about cover letters and bios?

Please do not include a cover letter or bio anywhere within your submission; we respect your writing enough to experience it on its own merits. After we accept your work, we’ll be anxious to get to know who you are. We do not, however, want that information influencing our decisions beforehand. If your writing finds a home with us, we’ll solicit a full bio and author photo to be featured alongside your work.


How do I submit?

  • You may submit your work to Sky Island Journal, via Submittable (our online submissions manager), by clicking HERE.

  • If you don’t already have a Submittable account, you’ll need to create one. Don't worry; it's free, easy, and secure. After you click on the link above, simply "Create your account" to get started. 


When can I submit?

You can submit whenever you’d like, as often as you’d like. We are wolves; we’re always on the hunt. We always accept submissions, and we're always reading for our next issue. We never rest. We’re relentless, and you should be too.

We are currently reading for our second issue (Fall 2017) and will be accepting submissions through midnight on September 30th CST (5:00am on October 1st UTC/GMT).


Do you charge a submission fee?  Why?

Like many literary journals today, we charge a $3.00 submission fee via Submittable.  Unlike many literary journals today, we are 100% free-access and 100% advertising-free. The former makes the latter possible. We believe that our readers and writers deserve a powerful, focused, immersive experience—free from the incessant distraction of advertising which, all too often, cheapens the literary experience.

  • A single $3.00 submission fee via our secure Submittable page, HERE, covers one of the following:
    • 3 poems (all in a single document)
    • 1 flash fiction piece (under 1,000 words)
    • 1 creative nonfiction piece (under 1,000 words)


Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your piece in Submittable, immediately, if it is accepted elsewhere.

Sky Island was born in the southwest; it’s a gunslinger. It has a quick draw and a true aim. We know quality work when we experience it, and if it happens to be yours, we’ll tip our hats and let you know immediately—no games. We want to be the first publication to give your writing an international audience. Conversely, if your work isn’t a good fit with Sky Island, that doesn’t mean it won’t find a good home somewhere else. In fact, we hope it does, and we’ll let you know immediately so you can begin that search as soon as possible.


What is your response time?

The average response time of literary journals is generally 3 months. Our average response time is 7 days. You are our priority. 


Do you have a print component?

No. We are an online journal, exclusively.


Do you have an access Fee? Do I need a subscription to read everything you publish?

No. We are 100% free-access; anyone can read and experience everything we publish, for free. 


Do you pay?

No. We wish we could, but as an independent literary journal that neither accepts advertising revenue nor charges a subscription fee, we simply cannot. We hope that you will consider international exposure in a high quality journal as payment enough.


What about rights?

Sky Island Journal acquires first North American serial rights for all accepted work. Upon publication, all rights immediately revert back to the author. We request that any future publications of the work recognize Sky Island Journal as the original publisher.


When was your journal established?

Sky Island Journal was born March 2nd, 2017.


What if I have more questions?

Please direct your questions to skyislandjournal@gmail.com .