South Circular Issue 9 Out Now & Seeking Submissions for Issue 10 | Resources | Submission Opportunities

THE SOUTH CIRCULAR, the short story ejournal, publishes its ninth issue on 20 March 2014.

Issue 9 of THE SOUTH CIRCULAR, available to download from for just €3.00, features four stories by emerging authors Gila Green, Mary McGill, Mary O’Donoghue and Warwick Sprawson. The cover jacket is a unique commission by Irish designer and illustrator, Dave Comiskey.

Aoife Walsh, publisher and editor of THE SOUTH CIRCULAR, says  “With the publication of issue 9 on Thursday, we celebrate our second birthday. It also coincides with my move to Toronto, Canada. I’m delighted to have the freedom to bring THE SOUTH CIRCULAR with me to Toronto, to show the work of all the emerging writers we’ve published to a new audience and to tap into a North American network to ultimately keep finding arresting stories.

THE SOUTH CIRCULAR was always intended as an international digital journal and I’m excited to meet the new challenges and opportunities this move will create.
It is fitting then, as we leave one home for another, that the stories published here address the universal concern of belonging and the consequences of dropping out of a scene, a family, or a trend. Dave Comiskey began his cover image ‘by drawing objects that [he] thought might potentially play an important part in an imagined story, things that a plot could hinge on.”

Issue 9 │ €3.00
20% discount off two or more issues when you use the promo code TERRIBLE2S (until the end of June 2014).

For issue 10 of THE SOUTH CIRCULAR, authors may submit their work to between 20 March and 7 April. We’d highly recommend purchasing the journal to see if you story will be suitable.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted stories should be formatted as follows:

→ Calibri, double-spaced

→ Font size: 12pt

→ New paragraphs should be identified by indenting the first line (by using the TAB key)

→ New sections should be identified by inserting a line space or a * between paragraphs

→ Do not indent the beginning of each new section

→ Black text on white background

→ Unjustified

→ Number all pages

In addition:

• The word limit for submitted stories is 2,500 words.

• Please submit your story, as an attachment and in the body of the text, by email only, addressed to The Editor, and sent to

• All submissions should include a short author biographical note. When we say short, we mean 3 or 4 sentences. When we say sentences, we mean snappy and syntactically correct sentences. We don’t need your CV/resume! If your story is published, this biographical note will be published in full.

• And, we’d rather not receive a photo of you.

• THE SOUTH CIRCULAR enlists the expertise and opinions of a select reader panel. While all submissions are read by the editor, each member of the reader panel receives a limited number of stories to read in each quarter. You may not agree with the editor’s decision, but it is final.

• We ask that your story be unpublished at and up to 12 months after the publication of the issue of THE SOUTH CIRCULAR in which it appears.

• Copyright remains, in all cases, with the author.

• Unfortunately, THE SOUTH CIRCULAR cannot provide a feedback/editorial service.

• Writers may be from, or resident, anywhere in the world but all stories must be written in English.

• Only one story may be submitted at a time. If your story is not published in the upcoming issue, it’s always possible we’re just keeping it for a later issue.

• And, unless we really, really, really like your work, it’s unlikely that we will publish more than one of your stories in any one year.

• THE SOUTH CIRCULAR is an e-journal of short stories ONLY. We do not review/criticize work. Please don’t ask us to.


→ Author’s full name

→Author’s email address

→Short author biographical note

→Story title


→Word count

→Date of submission

And another thing…

THE SOUTH CIRCULAR like a lot of different story writers, but some of their= favorites are: Kevin Barry, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Claire Keegan and Alice Munro.

They also really dig McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Paul Auster, Saul Bellow, Wilkie Collins, E.L. Doctorow, Gerard Donovan, Umberto Eco, Anne Enright, Henry James, Robert MacLiam Wilson, Flann O’Brien, Grace Paley, Annie Proulx, J.D. Salinger, Colm Tóibín, Evelyn Waugh and many more alike.

We ask that you bear these in mind when deciding whether your story is suitable for THE SOUTH CIRCULAR.

Full guidelines here:

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