Submission Guidelines

 
Work sent for our Summer 2016 issue is still under consideration. We aim to respond to all writers within three months of the submissions' window closing date - so if you have sent us work, please expect a response by the beginning of March 2016.  Queries: thomas.stingingfly [at] gmail.com
 
The submissions window will re-open in the summer. Please keep an eye on our website for further details.
 

Winter 2016 issue - Fear & Fantasy

 
Our Winter 2016 issue has a special theme and it will be guest-edited by Mia Gallagher. Submissions for this issue are now closed. 
 

Mia Gallagher is based in Dublin. She writes novels and short stories, and has also worked as a theatre performer and deviser, a screenwriter and a script editor. Her debut novel HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) was widely acclaimed and won the Irish Tatler Literature Award (2007). Her short fiction has been published in the UK, US and Ireland, won the START award (2005) and was shortlisted for Hennessy, Fish and Trevor/Bowen Awards. Her theatre work has toured widely and she has enjoyed several writing residencies at home and abroad, including Writer-in-Residence with IADT/dlr (2009-10) and a two-month residency in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris (2015). Mia has received several Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and has also been grant-funded for her theatre work. Her new novel, Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland, will be published by New Island Books in April 2016.

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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We publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers.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 also includes a mix of poetry, book reviews and essays, alongside occasional author interviews and novel extracts. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation.

 

How To Submit

Work submitted should ideally not be under consideration elsewhere.

The postal address for submissions is: The Stinging Fly, PO Box 6016, Dublin 1, Ireland. 

Each submission should include an e-mail address for reply. Please ensure that you keep a copy of the work itself as we are unable to return manuscripts.

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter, which should include:
    * Author’s Name                         * E-mail address and postal address
    * Date of Submission                   * Name of story/poems submitted
    * Brief biographical note, if you wish.

Anyone submitting fiction and poetry should include a separate cover letter for both. All fiction submissions should be printed using 1.5 or double line spacing. Minimum font size: 11pt. Print on one side of the page only. Every piece of work should have the author’s name printed or signed on it.

 

The Details

* No more than one story and/or four poems should be submitted during any one submission period.

* Short stories and poems should always be just as long (or as short) as they need to be. (In our Winter 2012-13 issue the longest story is over 5,000 words; the shortest has less than 600.)

* All submissions are read. The editors’ decision may not be correct but it is final.  We aim to contact everyone within three 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.

 

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. If submitting for this slot, do not make a separate poetry submission. 

 

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Contact Details

The Stinging Fly
PO Box 6016
Dublin 1
Ireland

stingingfly [at] gmail.com

'In the Wake of the Rising' enquiries: inthewakeoftherising2016 [at] gmail.com

 

Publisher: Declan Meade
Editor: Thomas Morris
Poetry Editor: Eabhan Ní Shúileabháin
Eagarthóir filíochta Gaeilge: Aifric Mac Aodha
Contributing Editors: Emily Firetog, Dave Lordan, and Sean O'Reilly

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