Isele Magazine

The Best of New Literature and Art

Submission Guidelines

General Submissions:

Isele Magazine is seeking submissions of essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and book reviews.

We do not accept multiple submissions, but we do consider simultaneous submissions. Please let us know when your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Please do not submit previously published works (by this, we mean any piece that has appeared on the web or in print, including your personal blog). However, we will consider a translated version of the work if the original language wasn’t in English.

You may submit up to 8, 000 words of prose, and your manuscript must be double-spaced, in Times New Roman, size 12. We discourage authors from submitting novel excerpts.

For book reviews, you may submit up to 1,500 words. Your document must be double-spaced, and in Times New Roman, size 12.

You may submit 6 pages of poetry or one long poem. Please format and submit as a single document.

Every submission must be accompanied by a cover letter.

Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.

We will respond to every submission no later than 6 months from the date of submission. If you have not heard from us within 6 months, please feel free to send a query to editor@iselemagazine.com. 

Isele Magazine requests first serial rights of your published piece. However, all rights will revert to you after publication. And if your work is republished elsewhere, please indicate that it previously appeared in Isele Magazine.

We pay our contributors a modest token.

Please send your fiction (as Word document attachments) to fiction.iselemagazine@gmail.com.

Please send you poetry (as Word document attachments) to poetry.iselemagazine@gmail.com.

Please send your nonfiction (as Word document attachments) to nonfiction.iselemagazine@gmail.com.

Please send your book reviews to submissions.iselemagazine@gmail.com.

All accepted submissions are automatically considered for The Isele Prizes.


The Reborn Issue – Closed

One could argue that we are all inventors. So often we don new masks, adapting and evolving, inventing and reinventing ourselves, sometimes to our benefit, other times to our detriment. 

Here at Isele Magazine, we are fascinated with the concept of re-invention. For this Quarterly issue, we seek submissions that re-tell folktales or reinvent conventional ideas in new and surprising ways.

You can do this in the following ways:

  • Do you wish to reimagine ideas that society and culture have told us are the norm? We want you to enthrall us with defiant stories that offer us a new way of seeing the world.

Or, 

  • Have you ever wished that a character in a folktale you love was given a second chance? That they were further fleshed out? Do you have an idea for a different, better ending? Do you have a modern twist on the story? Perhaps you want it to come to life in a visual medium. Well, consider this your chance. 

Submissions are not limited by culture, and they can be in any of the following genres: fiction, creative non-fiction, visual art, poetry, hybrid work, etc. 

We accept simultaneous submissions but wish to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

There are no submission fees.

We will respond to every submission no later than two months from the date of submission. If you do not hear from us within two months, please feel free to send a query to editor@iselemagazine.com.

Isele Magazine requests first serial rights for a published piece. However, all rights revert to the author after publication. If your work is published elsewhere, please make sure to credit Isele Magazine as the previous publisher.

While we acknowledge that every artist deserves remuneration for their art, we have very little funding, but we insist on paying our contributors a modest token.

All accepted submissions are automatically considered for The Isele Prizes.

Deadline: 11:59 pm CST February 25, 2022.

Submissions: Send your work to quarterly@iselemagazine.com

The subject line should read: “Genre: Title of Work.”


Note on folktales:

Cultures all around the world are rich in fairytales, folklore, myths, and legends, which traditionally fall into the public domain (i.e., copyright-free), and which makes them available for use by the public. Archives such as The Public Domain Review provide a great library of resources for works in the public domain. For works that have been produced in more recent times, we suggest you look up their current licensing status and fair use agreements to avoid copyright infringement. Licensing information can be obtained by looking up the title of the work you’re interested in alongside the parties credited for its creation.

The Woman Issue – Closed

This issue comes at a time when the definition, boundaries, and visibility of women are at the forefront of numerous debates. Increasingly, we as a society are questioning womanhood and all its facets. Who is a woman? What makes a woman? What differentiates a woman? And how can we put those who don’t conform to the traditions surrounding womanhood at the forefront of the struggle for equity and justice? 

For the December issue of Isele Magazine, we are looking for submissions that don’t necessarily answer these questions but provide meaningful insight into them. We hope to receive works that subvert the tropes and narratives associated with and definitive of womanhood. This exploration can be done through several genres, forms, and mediums. Works are not limited by any theme, motif, or argument. Rather, we aim to put out a variety of work that aids analytical and open-minded thinking as it pertains to womanhood.

Isele Magazine is committed to nuance and the platforming of a range of experiences, identities, and realities. Hence why there are no limits to the medium, be it flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, visual work, hybrid works, etc. We accept simultaneous submissions but wish to be alerted if your work is published elsewhere. There are no submission fees. 

We will respond to every submission no later than 2 months from the date of submission. If you have not heard from us within 2 months, please feel free to send a query to editor@iselemagazine.com. 

Isele Magazine requests the first serial rights of your published piece. However, all rights will revert to you after publication. And if your work is republished elsewhere, please indicate that it previously appeared in Isele Magazine.

We pay our contributors a modest token.

Deadline: 11:59pm CST on October 22, 2021.

Submissions: Send your work to quarterly@iselemagazine.com.


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