A round-up of Irish literary journals

For such a small nation, we seem to be awash with literary journals. Just this week, I noticed two brand new publications preparing to accept submissions for their very first issues. Both based in my hometown of Cork, they’re respectively called Howl and The Four Faced Liar, the latter taking its name from beloved local landmark Shandon Tower. Seeing them gave me the idea of compiling a current list of the active journals we have on the island of Ireland.

Most accept submissions from writers internationally (read the guidelines to make sure), and it’s great to see that the majority are able to pay their contributors, no mean feat.

This list is fiction-focused because that’s my area of interest and knowledge, but I’ll happily add poetry magazines if you’d like to share details in the comments below. Anyone looking for ongoing poetry opportunities should check out Angela Carr’s blog A Dreaming Skin as it’s a fantastic source of information. Also, suggestions for journals to include are coming in thick and fast, so do pop back occasionally to see what’s been added. We’re even richer in publications than I realised!

  • Abridged
  • Journal description:Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/experimental poetry plus contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of ‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly changing society’
  • Where it’s based: Derry
  • Send: up to three poems
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: I’m not clear as issues are numbered rather than dated
  • Submission window: open for poetry with an ‘Axis’ theme (more specific info here) until June 10
  • Payment: they are unable to pay as Abridged is a free magazine, but they provide a contributor’s copy
  • Banshee
  • Journal description: ‘We love exciting, accessible, contemporary writing in all forms’
  • Where it’s based: doesn’t say
  • Send: one story or one essay (max 5,000 words), or two flashes (of under 1,000 words each), or up to four poems (max 40 lines each)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: published biannually in spring and autumn
  • Submission window: subs for issue 15 (spring/summer 2023) will open in October
  • Payment: a small fee (amount not speficied) and a contributor’s copy
  • Channel
  • Journal description: ‘an Irish environmentalist magazine publishing international poetry and prose that fosters connection to the natural world’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: one short story (max 6,000 words), one essay (max 6,000 words), or up to four poems (no restriction on length). All submissions have to engage with the natural world in some way
  • Print or online: print, with some separate opportunities for publishing shorter pieces online
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: open for subs for issue seven until June 15
  • Payment: €50 per page of prose up to a max of €150, €50 per poem, plus a contributor’s copy
  • Crannóg Magazine
  • Journal description: ‘Crannóg’s mission is to publish the work of Irish writers alongside the best available worldwide, and to show how well such writing sits with the best available internationally’
  • Where it’s based: Galway
  • Send: one short story (max 2,000 words), up to three poems (max 50 lines each)
  • Print or online: print, with some contributions also published on the website
  • Frequency: published biannually in March and September
  • Submission window: during the month of May for the September issue, and November for the March issue
  • Payment: €200 per story and €120 per poem, plus a contributor’s copy
  • Dodging the Rain
  • Journal description: ‘provides an internet platform that showcases poetry to the world’
  • Where it’s based: Galway
  • Send: up to ten poems
  • Print or online: online
  • Frequency: new work weekly
  • Submission window: rolling subs all year round
  • Payment: they are unable to pay
  • Drawn to the Light Press
  • Journal description: ‘A magazine of poetry’
  • Where it’s based: doesn’t say
  • Send: poetry (no max lengths given)
  • Print or online: print and online
  • Frequency: three times a year – February, June and October
  • Submission window: currently closed and will open again in August for Issue seven, October 2022
  • Payment: doesn’t say
  • Howl
  • Journal description: ‘a platform showcasing the creative wail in Irish writing from around the world. We want the raw and the real’
  • Where it’s based: Cork
  • Send: up to three poems, one piece of fiction or one piece of non-fiction (work can be as long as it needs to be)
  • Print or online: print, with some work also to be published on the website
  • Frequency: no information as yet
  • Submission window: accepting subs for issue one until June 12
  • Payment: they are unable to pay at the moment, but will send a contributor’s copy
  • Impossible Archetype
  • Journal description: ‘an international online journal of LGBTQ+ poetry’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: up to four poems and they welcome a longer length (though a good rule of thumb is to keep the submission to under ten pages in total). All styles and forms welcome, from page poetry, to experimental poetry, to slam poetry
  • Print or online: online
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: subs open June 1-August 1 and Jan 1-March 1
  • Payment: they are unable to pay
  • Poetry Bus
  • Journal description: ‘We choose quality poems that have something to say, and say it well’
  • Where it’s based: Co Wicklow
  • Send: poetry of any length, though shorter rather than longer is preferred
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: they say “Whenever we can raise the dough!”
  • Submission window: next open February 23, 2023
  • Payment: complimentary copy of the mag plus immortality
  • Profiles
  • Journal description: ‘We’re interested in publishing character studies. We love writing that channels the author’s insatiable curiosity about other people (or their talent for self-reflection), is empathetic without bordering on apologia, and shows human nature as it is, not necessarily as it should be’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: character-driven fiction and non-fiction, both original works and works in translation, max 8,000 words
  • Print or online: print, with some work also published on the website
  • Frequency: doesn’t say
  • Submission window: accepting subs for issue one until June 3
  • Payment: unable to pay for first issue but hope to in future. Contributors will receive a copy
  • Púca Magazine
  • Journal description: ‘The púca is a shapeshifter found flitting throughout Irish and Celtic mythology. Able to change its shape at will, the púca resists any strict definitions of selfhood… Similarly, we want to produce a journal which changes vision and viewpoint with each issue’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: one story or essay (1,000-2,500 words), up to two flashes (max 800 words each), up to four poems (max 40 lines each). Please only submit in one category per submissions period
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: recently closed subs for issue three, but will reopen later this year for issue four
  • Payment: they are unable to pay at the moment, but will send a contributor’s copy
  • Skylight 47
  • Journal description: ‘Possibly Ireland’s most interesting poetry publication’
  • Where it’s based: Galway
  • Send: up to three poems (max 40 lines each)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: accepting subs for issue 16 until May 13
  • Payment: they are unable to pay at the moment, but will send a contributor’s copy
  • Sonder Magazine
  • Journal description: ‘We want this journal to reflect everyday people and how extraordinary each individual is. Sonder doesn’t have to be a solitary feeling, which is why we want to put it all together in this little haven for individuality’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: short stories and creative fiction (1000-2500 words), flash fiction (max 700 words), poetry (max 40 lines)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: currently closed but will reopen in October
  • Payment: they pay a small fee and a contributor’s copy
  • Southword Journal
  • Journal description: ‘New international writing’
  • Where it’s based: Cork
  • Send: one short story (max 5,000 words), up to four poems (max 40 words)
  • Print or online: print, with a subscriber-based online journal
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: fiction January 1-March 31, poetry December 1-February 28
  • Payment: €250 per short story, €40 per poem, plus a contributor’s copy
  • Splonk
  • Journal description: ‘We like experimental work, straight narratives, language-driven flash, historical, futuristic, post-apocalyptic, weird, quirky, ‘normal’, melancholic, and happy work’
  • Where it’s based: across Ireland
  • Send: flash fiction (max 500 words), microfiction (max 100 words), Irish language flash (max 500 words)
  • Print or online: online
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: reopening for subs for issue eight in the month of July
  • Payment: they are unable to pay at the moment
  • The Bangor Literary Journal
  • Journal description: ‘showcases outstanding poetry, flash fiction and artwork from established and emerging writers and artists’
  • Where it’s based: Bangor, Co Down
  • Send: up to two pieces of flash fiction (max 200 words), poetry (max 40 lines), hybrid/experimental pieces
  • Print or online: online
  • Frequency: bimonthly
  • Submission window: accepting submissions for issue 17 until May 14
  • Payment: they are unable to pay at the moment
  • The Four Faced Liar
  • Journal description: ‘We are looking for work that is engaging, lyrical, humorous, and inspiring’
  • Where it’s based: Cork
  • Send: fiction and CNF (max 4,000 words), flash fiction (max 1,000 words), poetry (max three pages)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: doesn’t say
  • Submission window: open for subs May 15-June 15 for issue one
  • Payment: €200 for a short story or CNF piece, €100 for a poem or flash, as well as a contributor’s copy
  • The Madrigal
  • Journal description: ‘a space for exploration, introspection, warmth, and effervescence, both to first-time poets, seasoned vets, and everyone else in between! Our poetry will be nostalgic, accessible, and deeply intimate – a distinct and recognized feeling of home, always’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: up to three poems (no max length mentioned)
  • Print or online: print and online
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Submission window: currently closed but will reopen for subs July 1-22 with a specific theme (which will be announced two-three weeks before the window opens)
  • Payment: no details given
  • The Martello
  • Journal description: ‘We aim to collect and protect the stories of budding young artists from Ireland beyond’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: short fiction (max 700 words), up to three poems
  • Print or online: online
  • Frequency: doesn’t say
  • Submission window: currently closed, but should open again soon for issue four
  • Payment: doesn’t say
  • The Moth
  • Journal description: ‘arts & literature magazine featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists’
  • Where it’s based: Co Cavan
  • Send: up to two short stories (max 3,000 words), up to six poems (no length restriction)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Submission window: short stories can be submitted September-April annually, for consideration in the spring, summer and winter issues; poetry can be submitted all year round
  • Payment: no details given
  • The Pig’s Back
  • Journal description: ‘We have a particular interest in writing from the northwest, we are eager to read work from all across Ireland, and beyond’
  • Where it’s based: Donegal
  • Send: all forms of fiction and non-fiction (2,000-5,000 words)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: not mentioned on site
  • Submission window: submissions have just closed for issue two, with no info as yet on when they will reopen
  • Payment: €300 and two copies of the journal
  • The Stinging Fly
  • Journal description: ‘Our mission is to seek out, nurture, publish and promote the very best new writers and new writing’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: one short story, up to three poems (work can be as long as it needs to be)
  • Print or online: print, with some content published online
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: currently closed but will reopen for subs later in the year
  • Payment: €35 per magazine page for fiction and non-fiction, €25 per magazine page for poetry, with a min of €60 per poem. Plus a contributor’s copy and a discounted rate on extra copies
  • The Storms
  • Journal description: ‘A journal of poetry, prose and visual art’
  • Where it’s based: doesn’t say
  • Send: up to three poems (max 40 lines each), or up to two pieces of prose (max 2,000 words each)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: doesn’t say
  • Submission window: accepting subs for issue one on the theme of ‘Eating the Storms’ until June 4
  • Payment: they are unable to pay, but will send a contributor’s copy
  • The Tangerine
  • Journal description: ‘We want to read work that challenges and excites us, whether it’s a piece of reportage, a personal essay, a short story, a poem, or something that blurs generic boundaries’
  • Where it’s based: Belfast
  • Send: short stories (max 6,000 words), poetry (up to six pages), features (max 6,000 words)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: three times a year
  • Submission window: currently closed but will reopen for subs later in the year
  • Payment: a small fee and a contributor’s copy
  • The Waxed Lemon
  • Journal description: can’t find anything that describes the kind of work they publish so a read of the magazine will be essential
  • Where it’s based: Waterford
  • Send: one short story (max 2,000 words), up to two pieces of flash fiction (max 500 words each), up to three poems (max 30 lines each)
  • Print or online: print, with some pieces published on the website
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: reopening for submissions to issue five in July
  • Payment: they are unable to pay at the moment, but will send a contributor’s copy
  • Tír na nÓg
  • Journal description: ‘A magazine for contemporary literature and art’
  • Where it’s based: Galway
  • Send: up to three pieces of poetry or prose (no max wordcounts given)
  • Print or online: print
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: currently closed
  • Payment: doesn’t mention
  • Tolka
  • Journal description: ‘A new literary journal of non-fiction: publishing essays, reportage, travel writing, auto-fiction, individual stories and the writing that flows in between’
  • Where it’s based: Dublin
  • Send: non-fiction of 2,000-4,000 words
  • Print or online: print, with some pieces also published online
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Submission window: currently closed but will reopen later in the year for submissions to issue four
  • Payment: €300 and a contributor’s copy
  • Winter Papers
  • Journal description: ‘Ireland’s annual anthology for the arts’
  • Where it’s based: Sligo
  • Send: short story or non-fiction (max 5,000 words)
  • Print or online: print (a particularly beautiful publication)
  • Frequency: annual
  • Submission window: a hard one to catch, this year’s submission window was just four days in April!
  • Payment: contributors are paid, but they don’t state the amount

Several other journals have gone quiet of late, but hopefully they’re just regrouping, post-Covid. Well worth keeping an eye on in case they suddenly spring back into action, are Gorse, Boyne Berries, The Honest Ulsterman and The Cormorant broadsheet.

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11 thoughts on “A round-up of Irish literary journals

    1. Will do, Greg, thanks for the suggestion and for reading. I love HU and was waiting for the website to be sorted so I could give up to date details. Will very happily add whenever it’s ready!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Tim. I found info about editors in some instances on their Twitter profiles, but you’re right – it would be helpful to have it on websites so you know who to address subs to. Some are clearer than others!

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