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The magazine was established to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing. We believe that there is a need for a magazine that, first and foremost, gives new and emerging writers an opportunity to get their work out into the world.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within 4 months*
    Editor reported data
    106 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:
    2% *
    Editor reported data
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Payssee Genres section for details

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    1 and can order further copies at a discounted rate

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: 45 per page

short fiction; novel extracts

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: 150

1-2 pages


Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: 45 per page


Max pieces: 3

Payment: 40 per page

For our Featured Poets category, you may submit 6-8 poems. Please see guidelines for eligibility.


Payment: 400

Cover artists must be over 18 and live on the island of Ireland and/or consider Ireland to be their home.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Here at The Stinging Fly, giving everyone a fair shake is very important to us, and we strongly encourage submissions by writers from underrepresented areas of society. But at the submissions stage, or the first reading of your work, your bio/cover letter/ publication credits have little bearing on our decision making. Many of our readers choose to read work without looking at any of the cover sheets or bios. Later, of course, we’ll want to know more about you, and your bio may or may not provide useful context. But first and foremost, your submission will be judged on its own terms, and not on your background, your achievements, or inexperience, as the case may be!

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Your work should always be just as long (or as short) as it needs to be.

  • Author's rights

    We purchase first serial rights. Work published in the magazine is also published on our website. Copyright remains in all cases with the author.

  • Additional info

    We have a particular interest in promoting new writers, and in promoting the short story form. We strongly encourage submissions by writers from underrepresented areas of society. Writers may only submit work to us under one category per submission period.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

106 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

76 days

Fastest response time

254 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 711 days, 938 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

108 days

12-month average response time

Submission calls


    Nov 13, 2024 - Nov 27, 2024

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THE STINGING FLY is a literary magazine, a book publisher, an education provider, and an online platform. We’re independent and not for profit. Our mission is to seek out, nurture, publish and promote the very best new writers and new writing.






    Editor Declan Meade avatar

    Declan Meade


    Editor Lisa McInerney avatar

    Lisa McInerney


    Editor Cal Doyle avatar

    Cal Doyle

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Thomas Morris avatar

    Thomas Morris

    Editor at Large