Questions and Answers about subscribing to The Blue Nib.

So, let’s cut to the chase. How much does it cost to subscribe to The Blue Nib, and what do I get for my money?


A Digital Subscription to The Blue Nib costs less than fifty cents per week if you take out a yearly subscription. 

  • Digital Subscriptions cost €25.00 for a 12 month or  €7.50 for a 3 month subscription.
  • Print Subscriptions cost  €48.00 for a 12 month (4 Issues) or €12.25 for a 3 month subscription. (1 Issue).

*There is a local cost for postage and packaging but that varies from region to region. 


Digital subscribers get unlimited access to the current issue, plus access to our archive of back issues which contains over 1000 individual posts with poetry, fiction and essays from both established and emerging writers.

Print subscribers receive the beautiful print issue delivered directly to their door.


I already get to see a lot of free to view content on The Nib, so why should I pay for it? 


Our editors choose content that they believe is of a high standard and yes, much of it is published on the open site. If you enjoy the work you see every day, imagine the work our editors set aside for inclusion in our exclusive quarterly issues.

For instance, issue 42 which came out in July, features award-winning fiction and poetry from some of the best poets and writers working today, plus reviews and essays from respected journalists. Each of the fifty plus contributors submitted work that our editors felt was worthy of the print issue.


If I subscribe, where does my money go?


All money earned through donations, sales of print and digital subscriptions, and contest entries is reinvested into The Blue Nib. Money that is not used to run The Blue Nib is allocated to sponsorship of contests and occasional grants to assist authors or poets to realise their first or second collections..

So besides access to the content in the print issue, what else do I get if I subscribe?


All subscribers, print or digital, gain access to all site content. They are also entitled to free or subsidised entry to our contests sponsored by The Blue Nib. The CP Care Prize for fiction and The CP Care Prize for poetry are currently running with our publishing partner, Chaffinch Press. All Blue Nib paid subscribers are entitled to free or subsidised entry to both of those contests. Further career building contests are scheduled on The Blue Nib site for January 2021. 


If I subscribe, how do I pay and how secure is my payment information? 


The Blue Nib have outsourced our subscription handling to partners to ensure the security of our subscribers. Subscriptions to print are controlled by Subsail.

All payments, for digital or print, are processed via Stripe. Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. The Blue Nib no longer use Paypal to process recurring payments as we have heard reports of subscribers having issues with cancellations.


On that subject, how long do subscriptions run for? And how do I cancel a subscription if I need to?


All subscriptions, print or digital, are recurring; that means you don’t have to renew them as they will continue until you decide to cancel.

If you need to cancel a subscription, it is easy to do so. In the case of print, when you take out a subscription, a Subsail account is automatically created for you, so you simple log in and cancel. For digital subscriptions, you can cancel from your on-site account tab at any time. Cancellations take effect immediately; you will not be charged for any further subscription period. If you cancel mid-period, your account will remain active until the end of the term. 

In the unlikely event that you have an issue cancelling, or cannot access your account, simply email us at [email protected] and we will take care of the cancellation for you.


Can I buy an issue of The Blue Nib without subscribing?


Yes, copies of The Blue Nib can be purchased from our publishing partners at Chaffinch Press. 


How do I subscribe, and what do I need to subscribe?


To subscribe, you will need either a credit or a debit card. The links for subscription are on THIS PAGE. Simply select the subscription you want, then fill in the form with your delivery details.

Subscriptions are instantaneous. If you subscribe to digital, you will have immediate access. If you subscribe to print, your subscription will begin with the current issue and will be despatched within 2 working days of your subscribing


I have more questions about subscription, who can I ask?


No problem. You can address any queries about subscription to our managing editor, Dave Kavanagh at [email protected]

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