The Blue Nib.
THE BLUE NIB WEBSITE AND LITERARY MAGAZINE PUBLISHES POETRY AND SHORT FICTION FROM EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED POETS AND WRITERS. WE ARE HOME TO THE BLUE NIB POETRY WRITING CHAPBOOK CONTEST WHICH IS NOW IN ITS 5TH ROUND. WRITERS, SEE REQUIREMENTS, DETAILS AND RATES OF PAYMENT ON OUR SUBMISSIONS PAGE.
The Blue Nib is a print and digital platform that publishes and promotes the work of established and emerging poets and writers.
Main outputs are the quarterly Blue Nib Magazine which is sold through subscription and is available as a print magazine or digitally on the website and via download. The magazine features the work of both emerging and established poets and writers.
The Blue Nib imprint publishes a limited number of first and second collections of poetry and fiction per year. Recent works include poets and writers such as Dominic Fisher‘s Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead, and the upcoming Demise of the Undertakers Wife by Anne Walsh Donnelly.
The well established Blue Nib Chapbook Contest gives emerging and established poets and writers the opportunity to have their work judged by a renowned poet.
Promoting Poets and Writers
The Blue Nib features free to view content on our front page and elsewhere on the site, but we are a subscription website and all issues, both print and digital are subscription only.
Our Subscription Pledge is to to reinvest 50% of all subscription funds towards the promotion and publishing of emerging poets and writers.
The balance of subscriptions are used to pay contributors and operate the platform.
Material featured in the quarterly magazine is not generally available without subscription, but will from time to time appear in our archives. View subscription options on our Subscriptions Page
The Blue Nib accept submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays and reviews from both poets and writers during our open reading periods. Articles and general interest pieces come from our team of contributing editors.
Details and guidelines can be found on our submissions page
Query our editors but please do not email submissions as they will not be accepted
UK/Ireland & ROR Poetry Editor -Clara Burghelea
Australia/NZ Poetry Editor -Denise O’Hagan
Fiction Editor -Seanín Hughes
Reviews Editor -Emma Lee
Some of our recently featured poets and writers
Anne Walsh Donnelly -Hennessy New Irish Writing: July’s winning poems. Shortlisted for the Hennessy Awards for poets and writers 2019.
Linda McKenna -winner of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing
Maeve O’Sullivan – Maeve’s fourth book of poetry Elsewhere was published in 2017. She is a founder of Haiku Ireland, and also a long-standing member of the British Haiku Society. She is also a founder of the Hibernian Poetry Workshop and performs with the Poetry Divas collective of women poets.
Brian Kirk named as Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018.
- Emma McKervey – Emma won the 2015 PoetryNI/Translink Poetry Competition and in 2016 she was shortlisted for both the NI National Poetry Competition and the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards’ Poem of the Year Award. In 2017 she had two poems highly commended for the Seamus Heaney Prize.
- Clifton Redmond – Clifton was long listed for the Over the Edge Poetry Competition and shortlisted for the Fermoy International Poetry Prize. He is currently working on a project based on a struggle with cultural identity.
- Shirley Bell – Poetry Editor and Editor In Chief at The Blue Nib from 2017 to 2019. Shirley looked after our poets and writers while continuing to write herself. Shirley is a widely published and anthologised poet as well as an experienced workshop tutor and writer-in-residence. Her poetry is archived in the Special Collection in the University of Lincoln’s Library and as a result, she has collected together all her published poetry from 1982 to early 2016 in her book, Dark is a Way and Light is a Place.