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. 

Our next open submission round for the magazine will run from December 2nd 2019 until January 16th 2020. 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 are currently accepting applications for our 6-month fiction workshop at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin (September 2019 - March 2020).

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 14th 2019.

During the 6-month workshop, participants meet once a week on Monday evenings at the Irish Writers Centre (6.30 - 8.30 pm). 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.

There will also be a series of talks/seminars by guest writers on four Saturdays during the period (11am-4.30pm each day). The proposed dates for the Saturday sessions for the 2019-2020 workshop are October 19th, November 21st, February 22nd and March 21st.

Participants are expected to attend all of the weekly sessions and the four Saturdays.

– The workshop starts in late September 2019 with an introductory session on Monday September 23rd and runs until the end of March 2020.
– 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.

To apply:

Send one short story or novel extract only. Short stories should be no longer than 6000 words. Novel extracts should be no more than 15 pages and this should include a brief synopsis on the first page.

Submissions should ideally be in Word doc or docx format. 

Please use 1.5 or double line spacing, font size: 12pt. 

Please insert page numbers.

All applicants must supply a cover note with details of their current writing project(s) and telling us how they believe their work will benefit from attending the fiction workshop.

We will send out initial offers of places by Wednesday August 21st. Participants will be asked to confirm their places as soon as possible and will have until Friday August 30th to pay the €200 deposit.

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