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New Irish writing


HOWL '22

Pushcart PrizE 


HOWL New Irish Writing is honoured to nominate these talented, hard-working writers for the 2023 Pushcart Prize.

  • Meg Mulcahy for the poem ‘I Constantly Thank Esteban for my Child-Bearing Hips’

  • Kevin Higgins for the poem ‘And Now For The Future’

  • Edel Hanley for the poem ‘Gap of Dunloe’

  • Bonnie Lander Johnson for the non-fiction story ‘Green’

  • Jack Reid for the poem ‘Homecoming’

  • Paul Duffy for the short story ‘Redolence'​



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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 launched in Waterstones, Cork on November 3rd 2022. You can now buy HOWL '22 online, in Waterstones, Cork, or in bookshops throughout Ireland from the end of November. 


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 McGlinchey 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. 

Editorial Team


Róisín Leggett Bohan


Lauren O'Donovan


Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh




Email / HOWL New Irish Writing,
Location / Cork, Ireland
Editors / Róisin Leggett Bohan, Lauren O'Donovan 
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