The Incubator is an online literary journal that showcases new Irish writing that has not been published elsewhere.

Our submission window opens for three months of the year: April, August and December. (Meaning that submissions are open from the first day of said month till the last day of said month.)

Here is what we are looking for during each submission period:



one scene plays (10 pages max.) 1 piece

flash fiction (under 1000 words) up to 3 pieces

short stories (up to 6000 words) 1 piece



poetry (any length, any style) up to 4 poems

flash fiction (under 1000 words) up to 3 pieces

short stories (up to 6000 words) 1 piece



memoir (up to 6000 words) 1 piece

flash fiction (under 1000 words) up to 3 pieces

short stories (up to 6000 words) 1 piece


For anyone wondering, does my story count as new Irish writing? You probably already know the answer to this question. If you think it does, send it this way! If not, have a look at our links page for other great journals that could be better placed to showcase your work.

Contact: with your work pasted into the body of the email and attached in a word document. (This helps massively with keeping the formatting right.)

Please put your submission category in the subject line. (ie. flash fiction)

There is no need to send a biography, we judge all work on its own merit. (Which doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate a short covering note. We are humans and writers just like you.)

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Expect to hear back within eight weeks of sending your work, but usually sooner.

Sorry but we cannot offer individual feedback. If you are looking for feedback we suggest signing up to a creative writing course, finding a mentor or joining a writers’ group.

* The Incubator is an unfunded, self-supporting journal. Unfortunately we cannot offer payment nor contributors’ copies at this time; we do not receive any funds from print copies that are purchased. Every issue can be downloaded for free and shared within seconds.

Many thanks,

The Editors