Submit your writing or art to the archipelago

the archipelago publishes creative work that emphasises transnational relationships and destabilises static ideas around borders, nation, geography. We typically publish short stories, poetry, essays, fine art, photography, film, but we are open to all works that think critically on themes such as mobility, geography, and decolonisation, regardless of form.

We welcome writers and artists from any location, it does not matter what citizenship you hold. See below about submission languages.

Send your work by email to [email protected] We prefer reading complete works, but also accept pitches for a piece you intend to create.

Make sure to tell us about yourself in your email. Let us know what experiences make you the best person to craft the piece you’re pitching us.

We are only able to reply to successful pitches. Note that we only consider original works, we will not consider works that have previously been published elsewhere.

All published pieces are paid. Payment rates vary depending on the length and complexity of the work.


Language and Translation

We accept works in فارسی ,  اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ , Somali, မြန်မာဘာသာ, bahasa Indonesia, español, français and English.

We are open to reviewing writing 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, especially for bahasa Indonesia. If you may be able to help, please sign up to our creative volunteer network


Mentorship for new writers

We welcome new writers who are refugee people to join our writers collective, as well as 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 serve as a mentor, please see our creative volunteer network.