The Stinging Fly is a Dublin-based print magazine and small press. 

We currently publish two issues a year. Each one contains 224 pages of short fiction, poetry, essays and author interviews. We have a particular interest in publishing new writers and in promoting the short story. 

We generally accept submissions of short stories and poetry on an issue-by-issue basis. The submission window for our Winter 2018 issue (Issue 39 Volume Two) opens on June 1st and closes on July 12th.

Unless otherwise clearly stated, there is no preferred theme – we are just looking for a lively mix of fresh and original new writing to share with our readers. 

Essays and interviews are commissioned. We pay a fee for stories, poems and other work. Contributors also receive a free copy. 

Read our full submission guidelines here.

The Stinging Fly Press publishes single-author short-story collections and multiple-author anthologies. We are not seeking submissions for the press at the moment. If you have written a collection, we advise that you submit a story to the magazine to begin with.

We look forward to reading your work.



We are currently accepting applications for our 6-month fiction workshop, run in association with The Irish Writers Centre. The application deadline is Wednesday August 15th 2018.

During the 6-month workshop, participants meet once a week on Monday evenings at the Irish Writers Centre. At each evening workshop, two participants will present their work in progress (a draft of a short story or novel excerpt) to the rest of the group for close scrutiny.

– The workshop starts in late September 2018 with an introductory session on Monday September 24th and runs until the end of March 2019.
– Places on the workshop will be offered based on work submitted.
– No more than ten places will be offered.
– The workshop is led by novelist and short-story writer, Sean O'Reilly.


More information available here: https://stingingfly.org/workshops/


Cost of 6-month workshop: €1500 | €1450 for existing Irish Writers Centre members

A €200 deposit will be payable once a place on the workshop has been offered and accepted. The balance will be payable in two instalments in September 2018 and in January 2019. The fee includes free membership of the Irish Writers Centre for one year.


To apply:

Send one novel extract or short story only. Short stories should be no longer than 6000 words and novel extracts should be no more than 15 pages. (Please include a brief synopsis of your novel as the first page of your submission.)

Submissions should ideally be in Word format. Please use 1.5 or double line spacing, font size: 12pt.




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