.Submissions to issue 42 in print close on 5th June
.Submissions for the web platform remain open until July 1st.

Please read and adhere to our simple guidelines

this will speed up the processing of all submissions

Important: The Blue Nib General Guidelines:

  • Submissions are considered for either the digital platform or for an upcoming print issue. If you are only interested in having your work appear in print then we cannot consider it. An editor will notify you once a decision has been made on your work, if you have not received a notification after 30 days, please send a follow up email to the editor handling your submission. 
  • Submissions need to be of unpublished work.
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Author bios should be no more than 50 words. Read Writing your author bio here.
  • Author Images should be .png or .jpeg and of good ‘print’ quality.
  • House style: Capitalise and bold your Titles and insert page breaks. Use ‘single quotes’ (not “double”) and italics for emphasis and extracts (not CAPS). Use a single space after full points. (not double .  )
  • Written files should be MS Word. Format as follows; Times New Roman, 12pt and single spaced for poetry, double spaced for articles and short fiction. Read Stop Making Your Editor’s Life Miserable for tips on formatting.
  • Sound files for The Ink Pods should be mp3, mp4 or m4a or wav files.
  • The Blue Nib is not yet a paying market. 

If your files don’t match those that our system can handle, a quick google search will take you to any number of free sites that will convert your files.

Please ensure you submit to the correct editor

Abhaile; publishing poetry from Ireland and the United Kingdom

Tracy Gaughan

Writer, editor, and broadcaster Tracy Gaughan is based in Galway, Ireland. Twice shortlisted for the Galway Arts Trust and New Writer Award, her poetry and short fiction have been widely published.  She presents the poetry show WestWords and received an MA in International Literatures and Media in 2018.

Submission Guideline

  • Submit three to five poems.
  • Include an author biography written in third person and not more than 50 words.
  • Include a print quality author image, head and shoulders shot. 

Email submissions directly to Tracy [email protected]

North American Time; publishing poetry from The United States and Canada

Felicia McCarthy

Felicia McCarthy is a poet with ink in her blood. Her mother, Mgt McDonough was a journalist at The Chicago Tribune. Steve McDonough was Science reporter for UPI. Frank McDonough was Managing Editor of Better Homes & Gardens. Felicia lives in Galway. Salmon Poetry will publish her debut collection in 2021.  

Submission Guideline

  • Submit between three and five poems that represent your style.
  • Include an author biography in the third person and not more than 50 words.
  • Include a print quality author image, head and shoulders and face on. 

Email submissions directly to Felicia [email protected]

An Astráil; publishing poetry from Australia and New Zealand

Denise O'Hagan

Denise has a background in book publishing in the UK and Australia. Her poetry is widely published and awarded, including first prize in the Adelaide Plains Poetry Competition (2019), commendation in the ACU Poetry Prize (2018) and shortlisting in the Robert Graves Poetry Prize (2018). Her debut poetry collection, ‘The Beating Heart’, will be published by Ginninderra Press (2020).  

Submission Guideline

  • Submit between three and five poems.
  • Include an author biography in the third person and not more than 50 words.
  • Include a print quality author image. 

Email submissions directly to Denise [email protected]

Translation Po-Int; publishing international poetry and poetry in translation

Clara Burghelea

Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, HeadStuff, Waxwing, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. Her latest collection ‘The Flavor of The Other’ was published in 2020 with Dos Madres Press.  

Submission Guideline

  • For international poetry, submit between three and five poems.
  • For Poetry in translation submit a maximum of three poems
  • Where appropriate, translations require authorisation of the author or their estate
  • Include an author biography in the third person and not more than 50 words. For translated poetry, I require the biography of both the translator and the poet being translated.
  • Include a print quality author image. For translated work, I require an image of both the translator and the poet being translated.

Email submissions directly to Clara [email protected]

The Write Life; publishing essays and creative nonfiction from established and emerging writers

Clare Morris

Clare Morris taught in the UK and Spain and also worked as a Research Fellow at Exeter University where she completed her PhD. A regular contributor to The Blue Nib, she is a poet who often collaborates with abstract artist, Nigel Bird.  

Submission Guideline

  • Submissions of essays and creative nonfiction between 500 and 1500 words.
  • Include an author biography in the third person and not more than 50 words. 
  • Include a print quality author image. 
  • Work that takes as its theme the writing life or the craft of writing is preferred.

Email submissions directly to Clare [email protected]

Seanchaí: publishing short fiction by emerging and established authors

Dave Kavanagh

Dave Kavanagh is both Managing Editor and Fiction Editor of The Blue Nib. His education was garnered in the grass fields of North Co. Dublin rather than in literary fields. He is an avid reader and writes daily with poetry and short fiction appearing both online and in print over the past twenty years. His debut novel is due for release in the USA in Spring of 2021.  

Submission Guideline

  • Submissions of literary fiction and flash fiction between 200 and 2500 words.
  • Include an author biography in the third person and not more than 50 words. 
  • Include a print quality author image.

Email submissions directly to Dave [email protected]

The Critical Nibí: publishing reviews of new poetry and new literary fiction by new and established writers and poets

Emma Lee

Emma Lee is the recipient of the 2019 and 2020 Best Reviewer Saboteur Award. Her publications include ‘The Significance of a Dress’ (Arachne, 2020) and ‘Ghosts in the Desert’ (IDP, 2015). She co-edited ‘Over Land, Over Sea’, (Five Leaves, 2015). As well as curating the Critical Nib, Emma reviews for a number of magazines.  

Submission Guideline

  • Submissions of reviews should be between 500 and 1500 words
  • Include the books isbn, the publisher and the price. 
  • Include a print quality image of the books cover.
  • If you are a writer or publisher with work to be reviewed, query Emma by email.
  • If you would like to join our reviews team, email Emma and she will add you to her panel.

Email submissions directly to Emma [email protected]

The Ink Pods: producing podcasts of poetry, short fiction and reviews.

Angela Dye

Angela Dye is a college lecturer who is currently completing a Masters in Poetry, Fiction and Script. She is a published poet and writer and holds various editorial posts. She presents a Live Literature radio programme as well as co-creating audio anthologies for Southern England’s train entertainment portals. Angela also runs a number of literary events in and around Faversham.  

Submission Guideline

  • Submit sound files, mp3, mp4 m4a or wav. Leave a two second interval at the beginning and end of your recording.
  • Include an author biography in the third person and not more than 50 words. 
  • Include a print quality author image.
  • Include a printed transcript of your work
  • If you need help recording your work, email Angela.

Email submissions directly to Angela [email protected]