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The Blue Nib Submission Guidelines

Poetry

We are not accepting poetry submissions at the moment. The next open submission window for poetry and for our featured poet selections is from September 16th to November 1st 2020. Work received will be considered for issue 44 and issue 45.

Fiction

We are not accepting fiction submissions at the moment. The next general open submission window for fiction and our featured author selections is from September 16th 2020 to November 1st 2020. Work received will be considered for issue 44 and issue 45 We also accept fiction for inclusion on the website.

Essays

The Write Life with Clare Morris accepts submissions throughout the year. Essays that reflect the writing communities response to world events are particularly welcome as are essays on the life of the working writer. Memoir and general interest essays. If you are unsure what to submit, email Clare, details below. 

What We Publish

We publish new, previously unpublished work by established and emerging writers. We have a particular interest in promoting the short story and exceptional poetry. Each issue includes a mix of poetry, fiction and commissioned essays as well as reviews. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation.

The Write Life with Clare Morris publishes essays, opinion pieces and OpEd, with a particular emphasis on writers reaction to current world events. We also welcome articles and essays that will be of interest to the writing community and writer memoir.

The Critical Nib with Emma Lee, publishes reviews of recently published poetry and fiction. If you wish to make a review request, email Emma, details are below.

Please note:

  • Only work submitted through our submissions page will be considered.
  • No more than one story and/or poetry submission should be submitted during any one submission period.
  • Work must be previously unpublished and ideally should not be under consideration elsewhere. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere please notify us immediately – contact details below. If you need to withdraw your submission for any reason, you can do so by emailing us at [email protected]
  • Short stories and poems should be as long (or as short) as they need to be.
  • For general poetry submissions, send up to 5 poems. Your poems should be submitted together in one single word file.

Featured Poet

In each issue we will feature a number of poems (usually 5) by a poet who is working seriously towards a first collection. To be considered, you should already have had work published in several other journals and magazines. We welcome poets who are previously published by The Blue Nib. Please submit 6-8 previously unpublished poems together in a single file to the editor for your geographical area. If we want to see more, we will get back to you. To be considered for this slot, please title your work as FEATURED POET If submitting for the Featured Poet slot, you may make a separate general poetry submission. *We may consider individual poems within your Featured Poet submission for publication.

Features Author:

In each issue we will feature a story by a featured writer by an author who is working seriously towards a first collection of short fiction. To be considered, you should already have had work published in several other journals and magazines. We welcome authors who are previously published by The Blue Nib. Please submit 3 previously unpublished stories together in a single file. If we want to see more, we will get back to you. To be considered for this slot, please title your work as FEATURED AUTHOR and submit to the fiction editor. If submitting for the Featured Author slot, you may make a separate general fiction submission. *We may consider individual stories within your Featured Poet submission for publication on the site or in print.

  • All submissions are read. The editors’ decision may not be correct but it is final. We aim to contact everyone within 1 month of submission but we will occasionally take longer
  • Copyright of accepted work remains with the author. Work published in the magazine may also be included on our website.

How To Submit

To submit to the magazine please select the relevant editor below. If the editor is not accepting submissions their email will not be displayed.

Payment

Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which their work is featured and can order further copies at a discounted rate by emailing [email protected] with details of the number of copies they wish to order. Contributors who are published on the digital platform only, will receive 30day access to the members area of the site.

The current payment rates for work accepted for print are as follows:

  • Essay and Journalism:  €20 Per Print Page Maximum  €60.00
  • Short fiction:  €20.00 Per Print Page, Maximum €60.00
  • Poetry:  €15.00 Per Poem, Maximum Per Submission €45.00
  • We do not currently pay for work that is accepted for online only. 

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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 (Not currently accepting submissions)

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 (Not currently accepting submissions)

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 (Not currently accepting submissions)

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 (Not currently accepting submissions)

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 managing editor of The Blue Nib, he is a published writer with his first novel due in 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 (Not currently accepting submissions)

The Critical Nib: 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]