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

We currently publish two issues a year. Each one contains a mix 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 will open in June.

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.

March 2018 Submission Call for New Writers

We published our first issue in March 1998. As part of our twentieth birthday celebrations, we are accepting submissions through the month of March from writers who have not been published in print before. Send us one or two of your poems or a short story before the end of the month.

We look forward to reading your work.


Our summer school will run from Monday July 2nd until Friday July 6th 2018 (inclusive).

The summer school consists of 3 separate workshops, two in fiction and one in poetry.

10-12 places are available on each workshop.

Places will be offered based on work submitted. All submissions will be read by the workshop leaders:
Martina Evans (poetry)
Thomas Morris and Sean O'Reilly (Fiction)

The workshops form the core of the summer school programme. They all take place at the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. They will run each day Monday to Friday from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Participants will be expected to attend every session.

During each of the workshops, each participating writer’s work-in-progress will be up for in-depth discussion twice. All the work will have been shared and read in advance. Also included in the week are sessions on aspects of writing craft by guest speakers, including the editors of The Stinging Fly.

We will decide on the best format for the two fiction workshops based on what we believe will best suit the needs of the selected participants.

The tuition fee for each workshop is €350 (€325 for Irish Writers Centre members). This fee will be payable only when a place has been offered and you have accepted the offer. Participants will themselves be responsible for any accommodation or travel expenses they incur while attending the workshop.

To apply for a place: 

On the poetry workshop: Send us 5 or 6 poems included together in one single document.

On the fiction workshops: Send one novel extract or short story only. Short stories should be no longer that 6000 words and novel extracts should be no more than 15 pages. Please also include a brief novel synopsis.

All submissions should ideally be in Word doc or docx format.

Prose submissions: please use 1.5 or double line spacing, font size: 12pt, and insert page numbers.

We will aim to send out offers of places by Friday May 18th. Participants will be asked to confirm their places asap and will have until May 28th to pay the tuition fee.