Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the London Issue are now closed. We aim to contact everyone who submitted work by the end of November. Our next submissions window will open in February 2015.

To all those who submitted in July - if you haven't heard from us already, please expect to hear from us in the first weeks of November. All enquiries can be sent to:


We are currently seeking submissions for our Summer 2015 issue which will have a special theme and focus: London.

Similar to how we did the New York issue in 2011, a good share of the work will be specially commissioned. We want to gather stories, poems and essays that reflect London life and that explore some of the manifold relationships and connections that exist between Ireland and this major world city. We have published many London-based writers in the magazine down through the years and we hope to get new work from some of these writers for this special issue. As ever, we also want to discover new voices. 

How to Submit:

Rather than follow our usual guidelines below, we'd ask you to send us an email with a brief introduction and proposal for what you wish to submit.

If it is poetry, please send us no more than two poems (previously unpublished) — pasted into the email or into one attached document.

If it is a short story or novel extract, please send us a brief outline and an attachment with the first two pages of the story (double spaced).

If it is an essay, please send a brief outline that includes proposed word count.

Send submissions to and use SUBMISSION and POEM, STORY or ESSAY in the subject line.

All submissions/expressions of interest must be received by October 31st 2014. We will seek to respond to all submission emails by the end of November.

We would also be very happy to hear from you at this email address if you have any suggestions for writers we might want to feature in the issue — or topics we might want to cover. 


Our next ordinary submissions window will open in February. Submissions received in that period will be considered for our Winter 2015/16 issue. Please don't submit any non-London themed work before then. Seriously, it will only likely get lost.


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We publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers.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. At present, we do not accept e-mail submissions.

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. Allow up to three months (from the end of month in which you submit) for a response to your submission - we will try to respond to everyone (yes or no) within that time. (i.e. if you submitted in July 2014, we aim to contact you by the end of October 2014.)

* 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.


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.

Contact Details

The Stinging Fly
PO Box 6016
Dublin 1

stingingfly AT gmail dot 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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