New Irish Literary Sites

We look at some of the newer literary sites being launched within Ireland in recent months.

Cold Coffee Stand describes itself as “a space to make it new, wrong, broken, and brilliant; to provide a home for every creator finding their voice.” It is open to short fiction of under 300 words, flash fiction of under 700 words, poetry and visual art.

“Cold Coffee Stand is a place to showcase your craft to the world, to provide answers to the questions posed by contemporary Ireland, to steal from the last generations in an effort to inspire the next. A space to make it new, wrong, broken, and brilliant. To provide a home for every creator finding their voice. To provide a home for every creator finding their voice.”


The Rose Magazine started back in January 2016, launching its first issue in late August. It showcases new fiction and poetry, focusing on Irish writers and themes, but also from around the world. Introducing the first issue, co-editor Daniel Martin said that “The Rose was founded to help readers find new writers. It was also founded to help artists to showcase their work to a receptive audience.

The magazine doesn’t have regular publishing dates (preferring to wait until they are ready), but is currently open to poems and fiction aimed at all ages. If you are based in Ireland or your writing is focused on Irish themes, the editors will look upon it favourably.

Dodging The Rain is based in Galway, born out of was born out the experiences and connections the editors found during the course of the NUI Galway’s Writing programme, with “a desire to further those artistic relationships as well as foster new ones.” It published its first content in December last year.

With the intriguing tagline “Gene Kelly danced in the rain; we dodge it”, the ‘blogazine’ is published on the first of each month. It is open to all genres of literature and art, including flash fiction, reviews and photography.


HCE Review is a bimonthly online literary journal launched in 2016 by the MA and MFA Creative Writing courses at University College Dublin. Currently on its third issue, the journal aims to publish fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and visual art from both established and emerging writers and artists from around the world.

HCE also releases a podcast in conjunction with the online journal, to bring literature into the digital sphere. It promises regular readings of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, speeches by prominent Irish authors, and conversations about the pieces that appear in the online journal, and is currently on its twelfth episode.

Unreal Cities is a forthcoming periodical from New Binary Press. Taking a ‘melting-pot’ approach, “where cultures and ideas are merged through varying creative practices”, it welcomes submissions of poetry, flash fiction, essays, and visual art with metropolitan themes. The first few issues of Unreal Cities will be edited by Michael Kindellan, Bonnie Ditlevsen, and James O’Sullivan.

Issues of Unreal Cities will be published in print, as a zine, as well as replicated online as a free open-access website. It is currently open to submissions for its first issue (Deadline June 1st), on the project’s themes of the metropolis, cities (big and small), and urban spaces.

The Well Review is a bi-annual print journal, and is published in February and September of each year. Established in 2016 to create a space to house exceptional poetry from all over the world, it is named after the neighbourhood of Sunday’s Well, where some of the editors currently live.

The first issue recently launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival, with the theme of ‘space’. They are open to unsolicited poetry submissions during the months of May and October.


Into the Void is a nonprofit print and digital literary magazine dedicated to providing a platform for fantastic fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art from all over the world. Based in Dublin, they accept “work of all styles and strive to publish that which we feel is honest, heartfelt, and screaming to be seen. We adore beautiful and unique styles of writing but clarity is a must. We are committed to giving writers and artists of all experience levels an opportunity–it’s all about the work.”

They are currently closed to submissions, opening again on May 1st for submissions to Issue 5. It was included in ‘Nine New Lit Mags You Need to Read’ as one of “nine new journals that appeared on the scene within the past couple of years and have already made their mark on the literary landscape” in the November/December 2016 Issue of Poets & Writers.

Corncrake Magazine is based in Fermanagh, connecting, promoting and informing the arts community there and in neighbouring counties. With a focus on community arts, the first issue launched in July 2016, looking at poetry, visual arts, music and performance from cross-border area.

Established in association with Fermanagh Writers, they are open to a wide range of submissions: poetry, prose, interviews, reviews, photography and artwork, as well as articles on bands, songwriters, promoters, studios, film-making, animation, sculpture, galleries, dance, theatre, street performance and much more.

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