Open Reading Periods: May 1st - September 15th; November 1st - March
Mount Island Magazine is a venue for distinctive literature, visual
art, and music by critically aware artists from diverse backgrounds.
By "critically aware artists", we mean those who partner artistic
practice with an earnest understanding of what historical and material
systems influence their creative subjects. In the service of that same
understanding, we gather and showcase work in forms that often seem
like enemy combatants, but are in fact blood buddies: the traditional,
the experimental, and the decidedly radical—we believe they can
share a room together. Maybe even kiss.
To better understand the kind of work we're looking for, we suggest
reading the current issue [http://www.mountisland.com/], but here are
some less passive-aggressive suggestions: Get pushy, and make it
memorable. Turn the world upside down and shake it till it's puking
bees; jam a needle in your ear for safekeeping; stir the pot and
FALL 2015 THEME: FOLKLORE
We're trying on a theme for our third issue! Just this old thing
called FOLKLORE. Does it make us look fat enough? We've got a big date
with a witch.
So, if you please, send us stories, poetry, essays, and art inspired
by the folk traditions of fairy tales, fables, legends, tall tales and
so on. Both new inventions and retellings of classic tales are
welcome, and we hope for submissions that represent a wide array of
cultural traditions. Every place has its folk, and every folk has its
Urban legends, subverted lore, feminist fairy tales, incantations,
poison vials, changelings, shape shifters, hungry ghosts, murder
ballads—pack up them and any other strangelings you conjure, and get
thee to Mount Island.
Submissions to our standard categories are free of charge. If you'd
like to submit when our readings periods are closed, you may use our
Tip Jar category for a fee of $3.
Expedited responses to submissions are available for $5.
- We only accept work that has not been previously published. We do
read simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if
your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
- Pretty please, only send us one submission at a time, and wait until
you've received our decision before submitting more work.
- We aim to respond within 3-5 months, but feel free to check in with
us at MTISLANDEDITORS[AT]GMAIL.COM if we take longer. If for some
reason you decide to withdraw your submission from review, please do
so via Submittable.