Top 5 Australian Literary Magazines

Here at The Plus Ones we’re usually telling you where to go and what to see and do. This time we’re giving you some recommendations on what to read. Specifically where to find new and upcoming writers in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Australia has a small but diverse selection of literary journals and magazines. We’ve collected our favourite five currently in publication which we urge you check out.


Tasmania’s offering to the Australian literary magazine field is Island, originally published for five issues as The Tasmanian Review. But the magazine wanted to reflect its national scope and Tasmania is an island as part of an island and well the name changed. Nearly 40 years later Island is still a quarterly print only magazine publishing new work from writers around the country.

Since 2010 Island has been publishing under the tagline ‘Ideas. Writing. Culture.’ Wach edition featuring a variety of poems, short stories, articles, interviews, photographs and graphics. The not so little Tasmanian publication explores Australian culture all with a local Tasmanian perspective making it something entirely unique.