Submissions deadline: 10th February 2021
Tolka is a new biannual literary journal of non-fiction: publishing essays, reportage, travel writing, auto-fiction, individual stories and the writing that flows in between. We are a journal for writers to express themselves beyond the limits of fixed genres, forms or subjects – mapping the fluid and chaotic ways through which language, stories and the self can be continuously rendered anew. Inspired by the innovations of recent Irish literature, where authors have found profound ways to explore the depths of subjectivity, we encourage writers to test the creative limits of non-fiction.
The Tolka river, from which we derive our name, comes from the Irish tolga: to overflow or flood. We hope that Tolka can provide space for an overflow of new writing – writing that articulates various ways of living, feeling and thinking, which have not yet been put into language. We seek to publish work from a wide range of backgrounds and environments – work that insists on its social and democratic importance in everyday life.
All submissions should be previously unpublished.
We welcome all forms of non-fiction: personal essay, memoir, reportage, travel writing, auto-fiction and the writing that falls in between.
Our guideline word count for work is 2,000–5,000 words.
Submissions should be in one .doc or .docx attachment and double-spaced.
We are happy to consider simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us should your work be accepted elsewhere.
Contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which they feature and a small fee prior to publication.
We only accept submissions through our website.
All submissions will be read but we are unable to offer individual feedback. We aim to provide a response within two months of the closing date.
Copyright remains, in all cases, the property of the author.
See here for further details.