Thanks to everyone who submitted work during our recent submission rounds. Acceptances and rejections will continue to be sent out on a rolling basis over the next few months. We intend to get back to everyone before the end of May 2018.
Our incoming editor, Sally Rooney, is interested in receiving pitches for essays on an ongoing basis. Please email email@example.com with an outline of your idea and a proposed word count.
Our next general submission round will open in June (closing on July 12th).
March 2018 Submission Call for New Writers
We published our first issue in March 1998. As part of our twentieth birthday celebrations, 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If you are a new, unpublished writer you can send us one or two of your poems or a short story before the end of the month.
You must be a new writer with no previous publication (fiction/poetry) in print – be that in a journal, magazine, newspaper, book or zine.
If you have published other types of writing before, you are welcome to submit.
Previous online publication is allowed but the work you send us cannot have been previously published online.
The work you send in must not have previously been submitted to us.
We look forward to reading your work.
(Opens March 1st & closes March 31st)
What We Publish
We publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers. We have a particular interest in promoting the short story. Each issue includes a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside our Featured Poets and Comhchealg sections, commissioned essays, occasional author interviews and novel extracts. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation.
Our Featured Poets
In each issue we publish a number of poems by a poet who is working towards a first collection. To be considered, you should already have had work published in journals and magazines. We welcome poets who have previously had poems appear in The Stinging Fly.
Please send us 6-8 previously unpublished poems together in a single file. Include your name under each poem. If we want to see more, we will get back to you.
Is í ‘Comhchealg’ cuid Ghaeilge The Stinging Fly. Cuirtear fáilte roimh phíosaí Gaeilge ó scríbhneoirí úra. Is nós linn aistriúcháin Bhéarla a chur ar fáil i gcás na ndánta a roghnaítear. Chuige sin, déanaimid filí Béarla a chur ag obair ar shaothar a gcomhúdar. Leantar na treoirlínte iarratais thuas a bhaineann le filíocht Bhéarla.
Only work submitted through our Submittable page will be considered.
No more than one story and/or poetry submission should be submitted during any one submission period. For poetry submissions, all poems should be included in a single file.
Work must be previously unpublished and ideally should not be under consideration elsewhere. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere please notify us.
Short stories and poems should always be just as long (or as short) as they need to be.
All submissions are read. The editors’ decision may not be correct but it is final. We aim to contact everyone within four months of the closing date.
With a limited budget, we are only in a position to offer contributors a discretionary token payment. They also receive a copy of the issue in which their work is featured and can order further copies at a discounted rate.
Copyright remains in all cases with the author. Some work published in the magazine may also be included on our website.
How To Submit
To submit to the magazine please follow the link below to our Submittable page. This page will only be live during the stated submission window. Anyone submitting fiction and poetry must make two separate submissions.
submissions.stingingfly [at] gmail [dot] com (for enquiries only, email submissions will not be accepted)
Publisher/Editor: Declan Meade
Assistant Editor: Fiona Boyd
Poetry Editor: Eabhan Ní Shúileabháin
Eagarthóir filíochta Gaeilge: Aifric Mac Aodha
Contributing Editors: Emily Firetog, Dave Lordan, Thomas Morris and Sean O’Reilly
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