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.



Send 1-4 previously unpublished poems per submission. Include all poems together in one single file. Submission file should ideally be in Word doc or docx format.

For Irish and international poets who are in the process of working seriously towards a first collection. You should already have had poems published in several other journals and magazines. We welcome poets who have previously had poems appear in The Stinging Fly.

Please send 6-8 previously unpublished poems together in one single file. Include your name under each poem that you are submitting. 

Submission file should ideally be in Word doc or docx format.

Send one short story only. Please use 1.5 or double line spacing, minimum font size: 12pt. Submission file should ideally be in Word doc or docx format.