Publisher's description: 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 publish accomplished, well-established authors—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices.
It is our singular mission 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" to other journals and magazines; our readers deserve a more mindful approach. Each piece of writing that we publish opens as its own document for an authentic, focused, and immersive experience that encourages a close, intimate, distraction-free reading of the work.
We publish quarterly, and we accept submissions year-round via Submittable. We are always reading, always hunting for the best new work. Unlike other journals that take months to respond, our average response time is 1-2 weeks. Experiencing the world of your words is a privilege, and your work will always be treated with respect. In fact, we respect your writing so much that we want to experience it 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. Join the literary revolution. Explore our website. Read our issues. Submit your best writing. Think. Feel. Enjoy. Entire worlds await.