Publisher's description: Sky Island Journal is an independent, international, free-access literary journal. We are dedicated to discovering and publishing the finest original poetry, flash fiction (under 1,000 words), and creative nonfiction (under 1,000 words). We publish accomplished, well-established authors—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices.
Our mission is to provide our readers with a powerful, focused, advertising-free literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally. We've elected to leave the "scroll-through experience" and pop-up ads to other journals and magazines; our over 60,000 readers in 145 countries deserve a more mindful approach. Each piece of writing that we publish opens as its own protected document for an authentic, immersive experience that encourages an intimate, distraction-free reading of the work.
We accept submissions year-round via Submittable, and we publish quarterly. Unlike other journals that take months to respond, our average response time is 9 days, and we handle every submission with care. Every submission undergoes several cycles of deep-reading and real-time discussion, and every submission—regardless of whether we accept or decline it—receives a prompt, respectful, and individualized response from our team detailing what we appreciated. This kind of respect is what every writer deserves. In fact, we respect writers so much that we want to want to experience their work on its own merits; we never allow bios or cover letters to accompany submissions.
Welcome to Sky Island. Whether you’re a future reader, or a future contributor, you’ll find that we are a welcome and refreshing change. See—and feel—how we approach publishing differently. Read our previous issues. Submit your best writing. Join us where the desert meets the mountains; join the literary revolution today.