It is time for our annual summer break. We will be closed for Submissions from Friday 12th August until Monday 3rd October 2016. Please do not send us anything during this period as we cannot guarantee safe receipt.


The only exception to this will be poems for National Poetry Day which we will be requesting for a specific period around the middle of September. Please visit this page or look on our Facebook and Twitter pages nearer the time for more information.


And enjoy the rest of the summer.




1. We ONLY accept submissions by email.

2. Send your submission of no more and no less than 4-6 pieces of work to Helen Ivory at and include the words IS&T SUBMISSION and your name in the subject line. [please cut and paste email address – it’s a spam avoidance technique…]

3. Please include a short biographical note – 30-to-40 words max – about yourself in the THIRD PERSON.  You may include  links to publications or your blog or your website. Max 2 links. If your publication is available from Amazon UK we will provide a link to it on that site. (For further details see the Amazon Associates page.)

We also ask that you Like/Follow us on Facebook or Twitter if you use social media. If we have a Twitter @username for you, we will automatically ‘mention’ it when we tweet about your work. Please let us know if you DO NOT want us to do this.

4. Your submissions can be within the body of the email or as a Word or RTF file attachment – but no macros or .EXE files. If you are sending a graphic, including haiga, then PDF and JPEG files are fine. IF YOU ARE SENDING AN ATTACHMENT, PLEASE COPY AND PASTE ALL PIECES OF WORK INTO ONE FILE.

5. Please note the maximum word length we will publish is 750 words.

6. Please DO NOT submit work that includes copyright material (such as pictures) belonging to other people/third parties unless you can supply us with written authorisation by that person/third party.

7. As the author you retain full copyright in your work. By submitting a piece of prose or poetry to us, you are merely granting IS&T a non-exclusive right (or ‘bare licence’) to reproduce your work.

8. Unlike many magazines, webzines and competition organizers we don’t care if a piece has been previously published elsewhere – providing the author still retains copyright.

9. The one caveat we do make is no simultaneous submission please (and that includes work also being submitted to competitions) if only because it causes us unnecessary kerfuffle when, having accepted a piece, the author then gets it accepted elsewhere in one of those ‘previously unpublished’ publications and wants to unsubmit it to us – or else even asks us to delete from the webzine a piece we have already published.

10 We do not give critical reviews of submissions. For that please use our Feedback Service.

11. While nothing is sacred – and we will consider ‘political/current affairs’ contributions – we do reserve the right to reject any submission we feel is deliberately offensive or actionable.

12. We do not pay for submissions – we have no money.

13.  Please, if your work is accepted, allow at least four months to pass before you send us more work for consideration.

13. And finally, please be patient, it’s just me (Helen)  here reading all of the submissions. I normally try to get back to you within ten weeks.

And PS – Once we have accepted your work, please do not send us edits or biography updates unless we have asked for them. This is very time-consuming and very difficult to keep track of.



We are also pleased to accept unsolicited reviews for poetry and short story collections.  The guideline word-count for a full collection is 700 words, for a pamphlet 500 words. All relevant submission guidelines from the list above also apply to review submissions.