General Submission Guidelines
We accept submissions on an issue-by-issue basis. Our next open submission period will be announced in October 2017.
We are currently reading through submissions received for our Winter 2017 issue (Issue 37) – both general submissions (received before the May 2017 deadline) and submissions for a special feature on housing and homelessness (received by the July 12th deadline).
We hope to respond to all submissions received for Issue 37 by September 15th 2017.
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We publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers.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 To be considered, please send us 6-10 previously unpublished poems. 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Work must be previously unpublished and ideally should not be under consideration elsewhere.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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