We are closed for all submissions at the moment.
Many thanks to everyone who applied for our summer school and for the Play It Forward fellowships.
The next general open submission window for fiction and poetry is from December 6th 2021 to January 10th 2022. Work received during this time will be considered for publication in our two 2022 issues. Please contact the editor with essay queries from November 2021 onwards.
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We publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers.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.
Only fiction and poetry 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.
Work must be previously unpublished and ideally should not be under consideration elsewhere. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere please notify us immediately – contact details below. If you need to withdraw your submission for any reason, you can do this through Submittable at any stage.
Short stories and poems should always be just as long (or as short) as they need to be.
For general poetry submissions, send up to 3 poems. Your poems should be submitted together in one single file.
Featured Poets: In each issue we publish a number of poems (usually 5 or 6) by a poet who is working seriously towards a first collection. To be considered, you should already have had work published in several other journals and magazines. We welcome poets who have previously had poems appear in The Stinging Fly. Please send 6-8 previously unpublished poems together in a single file. If we want to see more, we will get back to you. Use the separate Featured Poet submission form. If submitting for the Featured Poet slot, please do not make a separate general poetry submission. We will also consider individual poems within your Featured Poet submission for publication.
Comhchealg: 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.
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.
Copyright remains in all cases with the author. Some work published in the magazine may also be included on our website.
Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which their work is featured and can order further copies at a discounted rate.
The payment rates for work published in the magazine during 2021 are as follows:
Fiction and nonfiction: €35 per magazine page
Poetry: €60 per poem
Featured Poet: €300
submissions.stingingfly [at] gmail [dot] com
(for enquiries only, email submissions will not be accepted)
Editor: Danny Denton – editor [at] stingingfly [dot] org
Publisher: Declan Meade – stingingfly [at] gmail [dot] com
Assistant Editor: Sara O’Rourke – info [at] stingingfly [dot] org
Poetry Editor: Cal Doyle – poetry [at] stingingfly [dot] org
Website Content Manager: Ian Maleney
Eagarthóir filíochta Gaeilge: Aifric Mac Aodha
Contributing Editors: Dan Bolger, Mia Gallagher, Lisa McInerney, Thomas Morris and Sally Rooney
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