The Stinging Fly is 20!

Twenty years ago this week, the first issue of The Stinging Fly was brought into the world. To celebrate, we've made all the stories and poems from our first issue available to read here on our website.

We're also giving you 20% off everything in our shop, for the month of March. Just use the code 'SF20' when you're checking out.

Finally, we are accepting submissions through the month of March from writers who have not been published in print before. If you are a new, unpublished writer you can send us one or two of your poems or a short story before the end of the month.


by Sean O'Reilly

Sean O'Reilly writes from the inside of things. He has no circumference, no limits. His sentences are riddled, undone and made beautiful by shame itself. This is radical, uncompromised, necessary work. — Anne Enright

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From the Archives

🔒 Poetry

Atheist’s Grace

Issue 26, Volume 2: Winter 2013

🔒 Poetry


Issue 28, Volume 2: Summer 2014

🔒 Fiction

Long Time No See

Issue 18, Volume 2: Spring 2011

🔒 Fiction


Issue 25, Volume 2: Summer 2013

🔒 Fiction

The Names

Issue 33, Volume 2: Spring 2016 – In The Wake Of The Rising