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New Irish writing

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HOWL New Irish Writing 23 is a curated collection of stories and poems from 56 of the best contemporary Irish writers today. 

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What We're Looking For​​

 

HOWL is an annual print publication showcasing the creative wail in Irish writing from around the world. We want the raw and the real. If it excites you, we want you to send it to us. 

 

We are open for submissions of poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) from February 15th - February 29th 2024. We would love to read your work​​. 

 

If you would like to read what we have published previously, there are limited copies of HOWL 23 available online, at your local library, and in bookshops nationwide including:

Waterstones, CorkHodges Figgis, MoLI, Books Upstairs, The Library Project Temple Bar, The Winding Stair Bookshop, Raven Books, Dubray Books, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Bell Book & Candle, & Carrigaline Bookshop.

How to Submit

  1. Read the guidelines.

  2. Fill out the submission form.

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Guidelines

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  • Poetry and prose can be as long as they need to be. 

  • Fáiltímid roimh obair as Gaeilge.

  • Send us your unpublished work: up to three poems or one piece of fiction or one piece of nonfiction.

    • Please submit in only one category. 

    • Please submit work in either Irish or English (not both).

  • Poetry submissions can contain up to three poems in a single document, with each poem beginning on a new page.

  • Please submit in .doc or .docx whenever possible. Only use .pdf when special formatting needs to be preserved (.doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .pdf).

  • Ensure no identifying information is contained within your submission document.

Notes

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  • Submissions are open from February 15th - February 29th 2024.

  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer payment for accepted submissions at this time. We are working hard to change this.

  • We will send a print copy of the final publication to all contributors published in HOWL 24.

  • Each year, we nominate writers published in HOWL for the Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize for Poetry.

  • We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere so we can congratulate you!

  • We are unable to accept novel excerpts at this time.

  • We can only accept submissions through our online submission form below. Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions via email or post.

  • We ask for first publishing rights for any selected pieces, and additionally to post select pieces on our website. This means that the piece (poem, prose) must not have been published before in a print or online publication (we don't mind about social media).

  • Submitted work must be the original work of the author.

  • We do not accept work written, or partially written, by Gen AI & LLM.

  • Copyright remains with the original author/artist at all times. 

  • We aim to make all final selections by the end of June, 2024.

  • If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us at: howlwriting@gmail.com

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Please only submit once, in one category (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction). If work is submitted both in English and as Gaeilge, only the first submission will be considered.

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about HOWL

HOWL is a literary platform committed to showcasing the best of Irish writing, both from home and abroad. In other words, we’re all about Irish writing, no matter where it comes from. Co-founders Lauren and Róisín understand firsthand the diverse and borderless nature of Irish creativity, having spent significant time outside of Ireland themselves before returning to settle in the county of their birth, Cork. They have crafted a publication that celebrates the complexity of Irish identity and the beauty of its writing, featuring not only the spectacular work coming directly from Ireland, but also the voices of Ireland's children scattered around the world.

 

HOWL features work both in English and Irish, as some stories and poems can only be properly appreciated in their mother tongue. Award-winning writer Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is HOWL's Irish language editor.

As writers themselves, Lauren, Róisín, and Ailbhe have a deep appreciation for the effort, time investment, and vulnerability that come with submitting work for publication. They are dedicated to upholding a duty of care to all submitters, nurturing the link between writer and editor to ultimately showcase unique work that is raw and real. So, whether you're a literary aficionado or just someone who loves a good story, we invite you to join us on this journey of discovering the best of Irish writing, together.

Lauren and Róisín met while studying for their MA in Creative Writing at UCC. They quickly found they shared a wild enthusiasm for curating and editing writing. During their first shared lunch, the seeds of HOWL were planted, now coming into bloom years later. During that time, Lauren and Róisín achieved their degrees, published The Same Page Anthology, embarked on their own writing careers, and have been mentored by many excellent writers and editors, including author and past-editor of The Stinging Fly, Danny Denton; poets Afric McGlinchey, Paul Muldoon, and Matthew Geden; author and scholar Eibhear Walshe; short story writer Alannah Hopkin; and author and Banshee editor, Eimear Ryan—all extremely generous with their knowledge and time.

We are grateful for the support of Cork City Arts which funds a portion of our print costs. HOWL is a break-even, not-for-profit publication. We are working hard to acquire additional funding for future publications to pay contributing writers fair remuneration.  

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We are happy to maintain close ties with UCC through their Creative Writing MA work experience programme.

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Editorial Team

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Róisín Leggett Bohan

FOUNDING EDITOR

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Lauren O'Donovan

FOUNDING EDITOR

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Thaddeus Ó Buachalla

Eagarthóir Gaeilge

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Email / HOWL New Irish Writing, howlwriting@gmail.com
Location / Cork, Ireland
Editors / Róisin Leggett Bohan, Lauren O'Donovan 
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