About The blue nib:
Since its founding in 2016, The Blue Nib has dedicated itself to discovering the very best new voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The mission of The Blue Nib has always been to encourage and promote the development of creative writing and writers and to promote an appreciation among our readership of outstanding literary work.
The quarterly print magazine is our central focus but the Blue Nib has grown to encompass a literary website, featuring new content from the strongest of emerging voices. Our digital archive contains work from 2016 to 2019 and grows with each quarter. We maintain an active social media and newsletter presence which connects us not only to our writers, but to our writers, readers.
In September 2019 we will launch our suite of monthly podcasts featuring poets, writers, plus review and discussion about the work of emerging poets and authors.
What We Do
The Quarterly Print Magazine, with each issue containing in excess of two hundred pages of carefully selected work is available to purchase as individual issues or can be purchased by quarterly or yearly subscriptions.
The Blue Nib has always been run as a not for profit with all funds raised by subscription and sales utilised to reward our contributors and to fund ongoing publishing of first works of poetry and fiction that might otherwise never see the light of day. These first collections are tedious and essential stepping stones for emerging writers, and though they are seldom profitable in the short term, they provide a springboard for talent.
The Blue Nib website hosts all of the work found in our beautiful print issue plus more. It is a subscription site built to maximise exposure for our writers through optimisation of SEO through social media, rss and newsletter sharing and re-sharing.
The Power of your Subscription.
As a subscriber to The Blue Nib you will be content in the knowledge that while you enjoy the very best work from exciting new writers, your subscription is financing their work and allowing them to develop. Subscriptions start at just €9.50 per quarter for a digital subscription which grants you full access to all issue and to our growing archive. If you prefer print you can have the magazine delivered to your home every quarter from just €14.50.
As part of our mission to promote the work of emerging writers, the Blue Nib initiated our successful Chapbook Contest series in 2017. The aim of the contest was to give developing poets an opportunity to get a good sampling of their work in front of a well known poet. To date, the contest has been judged by Michael Blackburn, Kevin Higgins, and more recently by Helen Mort. The contest is held twice a year and the prize money has increased in each round, starting at €300.00, and increasing in our latest round to €1000.00
The Chapbooks have also had a measure of success, with each attaining sales that put them in the British Chapbook Charts. The most recent of them made it to number 1 and remained there for three weeks.