‘The Stinging Fly is an essential part of the thriving ecosystem of Irish literary life. When people ask me how to break into publication I tell them to try there first. It is where the seeds of future writing careers are sown.’—Anne Enright
We are currently closed for submissions.
Thanks to everyone who submitted work during our May submission window. We aim to respond to all submissions received before the end of August.
Our next submission call will be in November 2023 for our Summer 2024 issue.
To keep up to date with all our submissions, workshops, readings, and events, we recommend you join our Newsletter.
What We Publish
We publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers. We have a particular interest in promoting new writers, and in promoting the short story form. Each issue of The Stinging Fly includes a mix of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, alongside our Featured Poets and Comhchealg sections, occasional author interviews and novel extracts. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation.
We are always excited to read new writers and to hear new voices in literature. Many of the writers we publish have never been published before.
We believe that a proactive approach to diversity and inclusivity is important in redressing imbalances of representation and diversity, both in the pages of our magazine and in the wider cultural landscape. As such, we strongly encourage submissions by writers from underrepresented areas of society.
You can read more about The Stinging Fly and our team on the About Us page.
Work must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
Only work submitted through our Submittable account will be considered. Submittable is free to use, and there is no fee to submit your work to us.
We currently accept submissions in the following four categories: short fiction; novel extracts; non-fiction; poetry. Writers may only submit work to us under one category per submission period. Graphic fiction and non-fiction submissions are welcome.
Your work should always be just as long (or as short) as it needs to be. If you are sending us a novel extract, please don’t send us your full novel! Just a chapter or a section or a story-length passage will suffice, so long as it can be enjoyed as a standalone piece.
For general poetry submissions, you may 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. If submitting for the Featured Poet slot, there’s no need to 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions? More information is available in our Submissions FAQ.
And this interview with incoming editor Lisa McInerney focuses a lot on the Stinging Fly’s submissions and editorial processes.
We pay the following fees for first serial rights. Work published in the magazine is also published on our website. Copyright remains in all cases with the author.
Fiction and nonfiction: €45 per magazine page, but with a minimum/maximum payment of €300/€1200.
Flash Fiction/shorter essays (1 – 2 pages): €150
Poetry: €40 per magazine page, but with a minimum payment of €60 per poem.
Featured Poet: €400
Cover artwork image: €400
Contributors also receive a copy of the issue in which their work is featured and can order further copies at a discounted rate.
(Updated: March 2023)