Mount Island is the literary magazine for rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices. We publish a quarterly digital magazine, an annual print anthology, and special letterpress projects.

Reading Periods

  • Digital Magazine: Year-round
  • Print Anthology: November 1 — January 31

See our submission categories for genre- and category-specific guidelines. The following applies generally to all submissions, so please read carefully:

  • All submissions must be the original work of the author or artist.  Excluding interviews and reviews, unsolicited submissions must be previously unpublished in English. Submissions of works translated into English must include a copy of the work in its original language and proof of translation rights.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us and withdraw your submission promptly.
  • Do not send multiple submissions at once. Please wait until we have responded with our decision before submitting again.
  • In your cover letter, please include your contact information and a brief bio.

We aim to respond to submissions within three to six months, but with  limited means there may be occasional delays. We are grateful for your  patience.

To focus on our mission of supporting rural LGBTQ+ and POC voices, most of our submission categories are open only to folks who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or POC and who currently live in or hail from a rural area. We do welcome "allies" who do not identify as LGBTQ+/POC/rural to submit in certain categories, such as interviews, reviews, blog articles, etc. When such categories are open for "ally submissions", they will be labeled clearly.

Honoraria & Contributor Rights

  • We acquire first serial rights worldwide in English and non-exclusive anthology rights. For interviews, reviews, and art, we acquire non-exclusive reprint rights. We ask all contributors to sign a standard publishing agreement detailing rights in full.
  • For publication in the digital magazine, writers are paid a $20 honorarium, and visual artists are paid $50. All digital magazine contributors also receive a 1-year subscription.
  • For publication in our annual print anthology, writers are paid $50 plus $10 per page, and visual artists are paid $150. All anthology contributors also receive a copy of the anthology in which their work appears, and a 1-year subscription to our digital magazine.
  • For blog content, we currently offer a $10 honorarium.
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Revive is a potent word. Like other verbs it was born of our need to act, to decide. More importantly and magical, it exists because humans have always found life so surprisingly beautiful. At our ugliest lows, life can snatch us back from the brink with a coincidence, something small just fluttering by. When we’ve worked or played our bodies to the limit, what do copywriters swear sports drinks, kombucha, Dr. Bronner's All-One soap can do? When a boxer or a schoolyard scrapper is knocked out cold, what is the crowd waiting for them to do?

Revive!

For Mount Island’s first print anthology after our return to publishing, “revive” is a fitting theme. Too fitting, one could say, but let’s not make this all about us. We want to know what “revive” means to you, and how you make the word, the idea, matter to others through your work. 

This anthology will be released in print and digital editions in the fall of 2020.

For publication in our annual print anthology, writers are paid $50 plus $10 per page. All anthology  contributors also receive a copy of the anthology in which their work  appears, and a 1-year subscription to our digital magazine. 

Guest editors to be announced.

Guidelines

Fiction & Essays

  • Submissions must be no more than 10000 words, whether a single piece or multiple flash pieces.
  • Flash pieces  should be no more than 1000 words. For multiple flash pieces, submit  them as one document with page breaks between each piece.
  • We welcome all genres and styles, so long as the work fits the anthology theme.

Poetry

  • Submit 3 to 5 poems at once, totaling no more than 20 pages, and include all poems in a single document with page breaks between each piece.

We are not currently accepting unsolicited art submissions for this anthology.

Fiction & Essays

  • Submissions must be no more than 5000 words, whether a single piece or multiple flash pieces.
  • Flash pieces  should be no more than 1000 words. For multiple flash pieces, submit  them as one document with page breaks between each piece.
  • We welcome all genres and styles.

Poetry

  • Submit 3 to 5 poems at once, totaling no more than 10 pages, and include all poems in a single document with page breaks between each piece.

Art

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