gorse: New Irish Print Journal

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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.

Ireland has a great tradition of experimenters —Laurence Sterne, James Joyce, Ethel Lilian Voynich, Samuel Beckett, Blanaid Salkeld, Flann O’Brien. Like them, gorse is interested in the potential of literature, in exploring the art of words. gorse is enthusiastic and conversational in style, sharing the spirit of Ireland’s ‘little magazines,’ The Bell, Threshold and The Dublin Magazine. gorse is a stylish new venue to champion voices, both from Ireland and elsewhere.


We are interested in the potential of literature, in literature where lines between fiction, memoir and history blur (Sebald, Cendrars, Bolaño, Joyce), in experimental writing, in fiction in translation, in the unconventional and the under recognised, in the personal essay (Sontag, Dyer). We are a literary journal equally interested in the arts (fine art, photography, architecture, film, music), in culture, in politics. We’re looking for smart writing, not academic.


gorse‘s website will publish shorter pieces of criticism, narrative essays and interviews all year round. We are not currently considering fiction or poetry.

Please send a query, or the first 500 words of your proposed essay, to info [at] gorse [dot] ie, with ‘Website’ in the subject line. Work should be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you tell us straightaway if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. We will do our best to reply to all queries, but if you don’t hear back from us within six weeks please feel free to submit to another venue. Please note that as our resources are limited, we are only in a position to offer contributors a token fee. Finished pieces for the website would ideally be between 500 to 3000 words.


gorse is a twice-yearly print publication. We are accepting submissions for issue two throughout the month of February: info [at] gorse [dot] ie, with ‘Print’ in the subject line.

Some guidelines:

a) All submissions should be previously unpublished
b) Submissions should ideally not be under consideration elsewhere and, besides poetry, should be a minimum 1,500 words in length
c) Non-fiction authors, please send a query outlining your essay or the first 500 to 1000 words of your proposed piece
d) We encourage translations, but they should be accompanied by a copy of the original text
e) Poetry submissions should be limited to six poems only.
f) You should familiarise yourself with the kind of writing we like.

We can offer a small fee for contributions, as well as a copy of the journal in which your work appears.

About the Editors

Susan Tomaselli is an editor at 3:AM Press. She is formerly editor-at-large of 3:AM Magazine and Dogmatika. She has written for the Guardian, The Stinging Fly,  and elsewhere. She lives in Dublin.

David Gavan was educated in London and currently lives in County Meath. He has written for the Irish Examiner, Time Out, Record Collector, AU magazine and The Quietus.

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