Submit your writing or art to the archipelago

the archipelago publishes works that explore themes of migration, identity and decolonisation.

We are actively looking for submissions of:

  • Fiction & Memoir
  • Essays & Articles
  • Poetry
  • Fine Art, Photography & Film

We welcome writers and artists from any location.

Note that we only consider original works, we will not consider works that have previously been published elsewhere.


Mentorship & Training for new writers

We are looking for new writers from refugee or migrant backgrounds who we can welcome into our writers collective, as well as more experienced writers to help us mentor new members.

If you are a new writer we welcome you to email us ([email protected]) and tell us about who you are and what you are interested in writing.

If you would like to be a mentor, please see our creative volunteer network.


Language and Translation

We have limited capacity to review works in فارسی ,  اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ , Somali, မြန်မာဘာသာ, bahasa Indonesia, español and français.

We are open to reviewing work that has been translated to English for the first time, as long as it is accompanied by the original.

We’re always looking for volunteer translators. If you may be able to help, please sign up to our creative volunteer network.


How to submit to us

All submissions should be sent by email to “[email protected]”. You may send completed work, or a pitch for a piece you intend to create.

Make sure to include your relevant experience of the subject you are writing/creating art on, and specify what country you are currently in.

We will only be able to reply to successful pitches.



We compensate all writers and artists published who are experiencing any form of displacement. This may include, but is not limited to, people who are refugees, asylum seekers or undocumented; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; indigenous persons; migrants with precarious visas; individuals experiencing homelessness. Our rates vary depending on form and length.

At this stage, we cannot pay individuals who are not experiencing displacement.

We are an unfunded non-profit organisation that relies on volunteers and memberships from readers. Our commitment is to work to secure funding so we can pay all writers and artists in future.