Submissions closing

Just a reminder that our reading period for Issue 4 closes at midnight on 31 December. We love the contemporary Irish short story by writers born in, living in or with links to NI and Ireland. This time we are seeking flash fiction, short stories and poems. All details can be found on our submission … Continue reading Submissions closing

Issue 3 is live! Submissions are open for Issue 4.

Issue 3 is here! We are delighted to share the fiction/essay issue with you. On Saturday 29th November we were joined by the writers of many of the pieces for a launch and reading at Ards Arts. As usual, it was a brilliant evening. Now you can read the stories here. Also, all of this … Continue reading Issue 3 is live! Submissions are open for Issue 4.

issue 2. submission call for issue 3

It's September, which means that you can now read issue 2 of The Incubator. This issue is jam-packed with new Irish writing, featuring an interview of Cherry Smyth by Claire Savage. The reviews are Jonathan O’Brien on Sinker, by Jason Johnson, and Orla McAlinden on Malcolm Orange Disappears, by Jan Carson. Plays are by Paula Matthews and Jamie Guiney. Issue 2 … Continue reading issue 2. submission call for issue 3

Guest Blog: Laura Cameron

My mother always told me never to put anything I care about in writing... I began to write in earnest on my forty-fifth birthday.  I'd thought about it for many years, but hadn't been able to gather the courage.  I even carried a notebook in my bag in preparation for inspiration.  But in truth I was … Continue reading Guest Blog: Laura Cameron

Launch of The Incubator

On Sunday 8th June issue 1 contributors joined us in the Black Box, Belfast, to launch the journal. Writer and arts facilitator, Caroline Healy, introduced The Incubator by reading poetry and fiction on the theme of home. It was a great start to the day. Flash fiction was read by Elaine Donnelly, A.J Black, Ruth McKee, … Continue reading Launch of The Incubator

Guest Blog: Shelley Tracey

COMPOSING TEXTPOEMS: OBSERVING, COMMUNICATING AND REFLECTING Since 2010, I have composed more than six hundred textpoems, and sent them out on my phone to an expanding audience.  Many of the recipients respond with their own poems, even though they may never have written poetry before.  My evolving experience of the textpoem form suggests that it … Continue reading Guest Blog: Shelley Tracey

Guest Blog: Jason O’Rourke

Slave to the Rhythm? I am driving through the slanting Belfast rain with my seven-year old daughter. The windscreen wipers scrape and clack out a pattern. I suggest to her that they are saying ‘Taka-bu-ti, Taka-bu-ti,’ the name of the Egyptian mummy in the Ulster Museum. The combination of rhythm and word inspires us to compose … Continue reading Guest Blog: Jason O’Rourke