The Incubator Selects…

We are shaking things up at The Incubator.


Issue 14 (published December 2017) was our last journal, and we want to thank all of our contributors and supporters over the last four years.

The Incubator Journal showcased the contemporary Irish short story, but there are no geographical restrictions on our new format, The Incubator Selects. Going forward, we will publish one piece of short fiction per month, beginning in July 2018.


We are simply looking for standout stories that are between 2,000 and 10,000 words.


Our reading periods will open during the following times:

Spring open submissions1 April until 30 June

Autumn open submissions1 October until 31 December

(Submissions that are sent at other times will not be read nor replied to.)


The small print:

Please send one story only during a submission period to: editor[dot]theincubator[at]

Stories should not be previously published in any format (this includes: print, online, and any public blogs). Simultaneous submissions are expected, please just let us know if your story has found its home somewhere else.

We pay a nominal fee for the selected stories, this will be paid through PayPal only.

A brief covering letter will suffice, along with your story attached in a word doc. If we wish to publish your work we will get in touch asking for a short biography.

Expect to hear back from us within 12 weeks, though probably sooner.

Thank you for considering The Incubator!