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New Irish writing

I want the writing we curate to reach into our emotional guts and wrench out wail-pitch creativity. I am looking to showcase the truth that is embedded within us, the raw, the realthe unique.

- Róisín Leggett Bohan

Irish identity is borderless; we're living in a global village. I want to create a publication that celebrates the best of Irish writing from both home and abroad. 

- Lauren O'Donovan




Róisín’s work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including New Irish Writing, and Poetry Ireland’s eBook Anthology ‘22. She was placed first for prose in the Lowell/UCC Campus to Campus competition and has been commended/shortlisted for awards including the Allingham, Cúirt, Gloucestershire, and Hammond House prize. In 2022, Róisín was chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series. She is a recipient of an Arts Council Award, a Cork City Artist Bursary, a Poetry Fellowship with the Munster Literature Centre and holds an MA in Creative Writing from UCC. When she is not writing she might be seen breakdancing.

Lauren is an Irish-Canadian writer from Cork with an MA in Creative Writing from UCC. Best known for her experimental poetry and darkly humorous voice, Lauren also writes fiction and stories for children. She recently won the Paul Muldoon Kinsale Arts Competition, was awarded a Munster Literature Centre Mentorship with Afric McGlinchey, and was Highly Commended at the International Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition 2021. Once the Digital Director of the International Agency BSTRO, Lauren now uses her powers for good as founder of Lime Square Poets, editor of The Same Page Anthology, and board member of DeBarra’s Spoken Word.


Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish-language poet. She is a graduate of NUI Galway where she completed BA, MA and PhD degrees. She is now a lecturer in Modern Irish at UCC. Her books include Péacadh (Coiscéim 2008), Tost agus Allagar (Coiscéim 2016), which won the Michael Harnett Award in 2019. The Gallery Press published a bilingual collection The Coast Road (2016) which included English translations by 13 poets. Cois Life published her translations from the French of Andrée Chedid in 2019 as part of the ‘File ar Fhile’ series. She was the 2020 recipient of the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award. A new collection in Irish will be published in the autumn.



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What we're looking for

HOWL is a literary platform 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 accept poetry and prose (fiction and non-fiction). 



Submissions are now closed for 2022. Submissions will reopen early in 2023. Signup to our mailing list to be informed when submissions reopen. 

HOWL 2022


HOWL 2022 will launch early winter, 2022. More details coming soon.  


about HOWL

Lauren and Róisín met while studying for their MA in Creative Writing at UCC. They quickly found they shared a wild enthusiasm for curating new Irish writing. During their first shared lunch, the seeds of HOWL were planted, now coming into bloom three years later. During that time, Lauren and Róisín achieved their degrees, edited and launched The Same Page Anthology, and have been mentored by many excellent writers and editors, including author and past-editor of The Stinging Fly, Danny Denton; poets Afric McGlinchy 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.

HOWL is a platform for Irish writing from home and abroad. Both Lauren and Róisín have spent significant years living outside of Ireland, and have a deep appreciation for how complicated and borderless Irish identity and creativity is. In HOWL, they have created a publication that celebrates not only the spectacular writing coming directly from Éire, but also from Ireland’s children scattered to all corners of the globe. As writers sending out their own work to journals and publications, Lauren and Róisín are keenly aware of the effort, time investment, and vulnerability that goes hand-in-hand. Their core philosophy is that as editors of a literary journal they have a duty of care to submitters. Their aim is to nourish the link between writer and editor, ultimately showcasing unique work that is raw and real. 



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