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Dublin Independent Publishers Pop-up Bookshop

                  Together with a group of Dublin independent publishers, we have opened a pop-up bookshop on South William Street, in Dublin 2.  All of The Stinging Fly Press back-titles are available at the shop, and many of them at discounted prices. The other publishers at the shop include Columba Press, Irish Academic Press, Liberties Press, The

Colin Barrett wins the Guardian first book award

He's done it again! 

Colin Barrett wins 2014 Rooney Prize

The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for 2014 has been awarded to Colin Barrett in recognition of his outstanding achievement as a fiction writer. The announcement was made by the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast, at a reception in the Provost’s House on Monday evening (September 1st). 

Colin Barrett on RTÉ TV News


Colin Barrett wins the Frank O’Connor Award

We are extremely happy to announce that Colin Barrett has won this year's Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for his debut collection Young Skins.

Stinging Fly Fiction Workshop


Are you in the early stages of writing a novel or short-story collection?

If so, we are looking for people like you to participate in The Stinging Fly Fiction Workshop offered in association with the Irish Writers' Centre.

The workshop, led by acclaimed novelist and short story-writer Sean O'Reilly, will consist of no more than 10 writers and will meet once a week over a six-month period (October 2014—March 2015). 

Irish Book Day, Washington D.C.

We are delighted to be working this year with Solas Nua, the contemporary Irish arts organisation, on their annual Irish Book Day,  which takes place in Washington D.C. on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Introducing new editor for the magazine

Dear friends,

I am delighted to announce today that my colleague Thomas Morris has agreed to take on the editorship of the magazine. This opens up an exciting new chapter for The Stinging Fly. Tom has been working alongside me for the past few years. I have every confidence in his abilities and in his commitment to the magazine. 

Davy Byrnes Short Story Award - We're Open for Entries


The Details

The competition is open to Irish citizens and to writers who are resident or were born in the thirty-two counties.  

Wordcount: 15,000 words max. One story per entrant. The story must be unpublished.

Entry fee: €10, payable online or by cheque/postal order. 

Deadline: Feb 3, 2014. Winners announced in June.

Colin Barrett signs deals with UK and US publishers

Photo: Colin with Anne Enright and Lucy Luck at the launch of Young Skins in Hodges Figgis last month.