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Nuala Ní Chonchúir: Guest Editor at The Stinging Fly

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The Stinging Fly is delighted to announce that Nuala Ní Chonchúir will be their guest fiction editor for the Spring 2014 issue. Nuala will read fiction submissions received during the month of June this year (2013).

The Stinging Fly publish new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers. They 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. They welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation – work submitted should ideally not be under consideration elsewhere.

A poet, short-story writer and novelist, Nuala has been a regular contributor to this leading literary magazine since 2002. Her most recent books are the novel, You; the story collection, Mother America; and the poetry collection, The Juno Charm. A new novel will appear early next year. Reviewing The Juno Charm for The Stinging Fly last year, Grace Wells had this to say:

‘Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s work does not want to be pigeonholed. Her short fiction is edgy, deliciously radical and potently brief. In her debut novel, You, Ní Chonchúir proved she could both sustain a lengthy narrative and show infinite tenderness toward her characters. Her poetry has its own broad range and any attempt to issue generalisations about the work in Tattoo:Tatú, Portrait of the Artist With a Red Car, and her latest collection, The Juno Charm, has the poems marshalling ranks, defiantly uttering: Just you try. This spirit of audacious rebellion is Ní Chonchúir’s defining and most engaging characteristic. Brazen and provocative, she endlessly offers up the unexpected; what unites her disparate work is the mercurial hand of a rare and trustworthy voice.’

So what does Nuala want to see from you? Well, in her own words…

As a reader I like sparky language, particular detail and the borderline quirky. I like stories about art, the body, cities, plus a whole lot more; I have a particular liking for historical fiction.

The Spring 2014 issue will feature a special Flash Fiction Showcase. I’m keen to receive short-short stories of up to 500 words. Send me the surreal and the prosaic; the honest and the conversational. Just have it open well, continue well, and end well.

I am also looking for longer stories, so let me read your best work. I look forward to reading your stories.’

Get those stories ready to send to The Stinging Fly in June!

Read full submission guidelines here.

Read the Grace Wells review from our Spring 2012 issue in full here.

Visit Nuala’s website and blog.

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