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By Vanessa O'Loughlin

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Ireland has a wealth of literary magazines, many of which are interested in spotting and developing new talent, so if you are an unpublished writer, they offer a superb platform and a publishing opportunity. Many are available by mail order so check their websites for details.

If you publish a magazine in print or online, tell us about it! Contact@writing.ie

Poetry Ireland Review:

Poetry Ireland Review is a highly-regarded journal of poetry. Published three times a year, the Review includes the work of both emerging and established Irish and international poets, essayists, critics and visual artists. The editorship changes regularly and the current editor is Eavan Boland. Poetry Ireland Review welcomes unsolicited submissions of poems, and proposals for articles and reviews, from Ireland and abroad, in Irish or English, on an on-going basis. Further submission details are available here. 

The Moth Magazine:

The Moth is a quarterly arts and literature magazine featuring poetry, short fiction and pictures by established and up and coming writers and artists from at home and abroad. To find out more about The Moth visit www.themothmagazine.com

Cyphers Magazine:

Cyphers Magazinewas first published in 1975, making it one of Ireland’s longest running literary Journals. Edited by Leland Bardwell, Pearse Hutchinson, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Macdara Woods,·Cyphers has published poetry, fiction, short fiction, graphic art and reviews by many distinguished writers and artists.·To find out more about Cyphers Magazine visit www.cyphers.ie

Irish Pages:

Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Irish Writingis a literary magazine published in Belfast and edited by Chris Agee and Cathail·Ó Searcaigh. It was launched in 2002 and comes out bi-annually. Irish Pages publishes·poetry, short fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, memoir, essay reviews, nature-writing, translated work, literary journalism, and other autobiographical, historical, religious and scientific writing of literary distinction.·o find out more about Irish Pages visit www.irishpages.org

THE SHOp Magazine:

THE SHOp Magazine is a Cork based magazine of poetry. Each issue of THE SHOp Magazine contains work by established poets, newcomers and unpublished poets , both Irish and foreign.· Find out more: http://www.theshop-poetry-magazine.ie/


Southword is another Cork based publication. Published online Southword features poetry, fiction and reviews.·To find out more about Southword visit www.munsterlit.ie/Southword

the-stinging-flyThe Stinging Fly:

The Stinging Fly was first published in 1998,·it was edited by founding editors Aoife Kavanagh and Declan Meade. Published three times yearly, the magazine provides a forum for the very best new Irish and international prose and poetry.·To find out more about The Stinging Fly visit www.stingingfly.org


Wordlegs is an internet publication first published in January 2010.·The main objective of·wordlegs is to bring an audience of young Irish people back to literature by using the medium they are most comfortable with. Wordlegs publishes short stories, fiction and other literary forms.·To find out more about Wordlegsvisit  www.wordlegs.com


Icarus has been publishing creative writing by students, staff and alumni of Trinity College since 1950. The magazine is published three times every academic term.·To find out more about Icarus visit  http://icarusmagazine.com/

The Dublin Review:

The Dublin Review is a quarterly magazine of·essays,·reportage,·autobiography,·travel writing,·criticism and·fiction. The magazine is presented in book form with minimal design, it was first published in 2002 by Brendan Barrington.·To find out more about The Dublin Review visit www.thedublinreview.com


Crannóg is a Galway based magazine published by Galway writers workshop three times a year, in February, June and October. Crannóg publish poetry and short stories.·To find out more about Crannógvisit www.crannogmagazine.com


Revival is a Limerick poetry journal published quarterly by the not for profit organisation Revival Press.·To find out more about Revival visit··https://sites.google.com/site/revivalpress/

Boyne Berries:

Boyne Berries is a Meath based poetry and fiction journal published by The Boyne Writers group.·To find out more about Boyne Berries visit www.boynewriters.com

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gorse is new a twice-yearly print journal edited by Susan Tomaselli and David Gavan, featuring longform narrative essays, original fiction and interviews. Issue one was published in Dublin on 28th January 2014.

Produced in a numbered limited edition of 350 copies, and featuring a [gorgeous – ed] retro cover by Niall McCormack, gorse includes new fiction by Desmond Hogan, Joanna Walsh, Matt Jakubowski, John Holten and Julie Reverb, alongside essays by Rob Doyle (on Michel Houellebecq), Darran Anderson (on how ancient modernsim is), Richard Kovitch (on Nic Roeg), Kevin Breathnach (on Henri Cartier-Bresson) and Karl Whitney (on running through Raymond Queneau’s Paris), and interviews with Adam Thirlwell, Evan Lavender-Smith and artist Jesse Jones, as well as poetry and graphic art. For more information and submission information, check out http://gorse.ie/about/

Silver Streams

Silver Streams is a literary journal, online and available in print, which publishes Modernist and Post-Modernist literature, visual art and academic essays. The journal is based in Ireland and accepts national and international submissions in both literary genres. The aim of the journal is to provide further analysis of celebrated artists such as Joyce, Beckett and Woolf while promoting contemporary work.

The journal is published bi-monthly and accepts poetry, short stories, visual art and academic papers. It is open for submissions year round though contributors will need to check the website for the current issue’s theme and for full guidelines. http://www.silverstreamsjournal.com/issues.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/silverstreamsjournal/

Email: silverstreamsjournal@gmail.com

And online, check out…


thefirstcut aims to reproduce the better aspects of a Writers Group –  encouragement,  friendship, information, and constructive criticism through the medium of the Web. It will be published bi-monthly. Submissions of prose and poetry to: renagown@gmail.com

Three Monkeys Online:

Three Monkeys Online is a free current affairs, arts and original fiction magazine, produced by writers in Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK.

The Magazine was founded in 2004 by a small group of writers with a clear idea that internet publishing could be about more than simply gossip, conspiracy theories, and dodgy you tube videos. It doesn’t have to focus on Paris Hilton. It can be about in-depth interviews, debates, intelligent opinion pieces, and reviews. We have recently started accepting submissions for original fiction and poetry and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting writers.

From 2008-2011 the magazine went into a temporary hibernation – one from which it now, in 2011, is emerging refreshed, enthusiastic, and as inquisitive as ever and with our new original fiction and poetry submissions we are keen to explore new and exciting writerly talent!

If you like what you read here, and want to get involved, remember we’re always looking for good writing and different view-points. Check out our submissions guidelines here

The Bohemyth

The Bohemyth is an online literary journal. It was founded in October  2012 and has since been publishing weekly issues of short fiction pieces alongside beautiful photography.

We are open for submissions of previously unpublished short fiction, photography and personal essay. The journal is based in Dublin, Ireland but there are no geographic restrictions for submitting . The word count is less than 3,000 words for short stories and personal essays, and under 700 words for flash fiction. We ask that you do not submit more than two pieces at a time. Photography submissions are also welcomed – please send us three to five images saved as jpegs.

Submitters should include a short bio in the third person and send their submission as an attachment or in the body of an email to thebohemytheditor@gmail.com with ‘Submission’ as the title of the email. For more information check out the site www.thebohemyth.com


Founded in late 2010 Outburst is a new monthly ezine that publish poetry, short stories from new writers.·To find out more about Outburst visit www.outburstmagazine.com

Roadside Fiction

Roadside Fiction is a quarterly online journal accepting year round submissions of outrageous, edgy, short stories and photography (street art, vintage etc). Styles encouraged: Realist, Beat. To find out more visit http://roadsidefiction.com/
scum_gentry 140x210The Scum Gentry

The Scum Gentry is an Irish arts, news and media website that publishes a wide range of literary and journalistic content as well as hosting sections devoted to visual art, video and animation, and original music. The site itself is designed with a heavily stylized horror-comedy aesthetic and they generally favour poetry, prose and drama with a darkly-comic vein for publication, though they do accept and publish submissions in all styles and genres as well as extensive journalistic content, including political reportage, satire, literary and cultural criticism, and sport. Visit www.thescumgentry.com


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