Issue 13 is live! Submissions are open.

We are delighted to share issue 13 of The Incubator which features an interview with Gerard Brennan, author of Undercover, and a review of The Watch House by Bernie McGill from Claire Savage.

There is new fiction from: Mandy Taggart, Lesley Walsh, Máiréad Casey, Marc de Faoite, Andrew Maguire, Sharon Thompson, Réaltán Ní Leannáin, Simon Henderson, A. Joseph Black, Barbara Lovric and Robert Barrett.

And memoir from: Brian Kirk, Kathryn O’ Regan and Martin Cromie.

We know that many of you love to hold a physical journal in your hands and you are very welcome to purchase a print copy from Peecho, but just a reminder that we do not receive funds from you doing so. Issue 13 and past editions can be read here, and we encourage you to download our pdf for free. And of course, share, share, share!

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Our submission window is now open and will close at the end of August. This is the only month that we seek one scene plays, and, as always, we will be looking for unpublished short stories and flash fiction. Please check our guidelines as there have been some recent changes to our maximum word count.

Warmest wishes!

The Editors


Issue 5 is online!

We can’t wait any longer, here is issue 5 a day early. Hope you enjoy!

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Our submission window opens tomorrow and closes at the end of June. This time we will be looking for flash fiction, short stories and one scene plays. (Please check our submission guidelines page.)

The public launch will be in the Green Room, at The Black Box, Belfast, on Sunday 14 June, 2pm, and will be in conjunction with Belfast Book Festival.

Entrance is £2 (to cover room hire). Please join us to hear our very talented contributors read their work.

We are also delighted to announce that our editor Kelly Creighton is launching her debut novel ‘The Bones of It’ on Thursday 4 June, 6.30pm in No Alibis, Belfast. The novel is published by Liberties Press. She will also be doing a Literary Lunchtime in the Ulster Hall on 11 June, in conversation with Jan Carson.

This is a great time of the year for Belfast literary lovers. We hope to see a lot of you at the festivities!

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, Clodagh O’Brien and Nandi Jola while two of our memoir writers, Phil Young and Paul Anthony, read their work. Short stories came from Jan Carson, Eoin Murphy and Ann Field. And many came from quite a distance!

Talent was flowing. Voices were diverse. It was a fantastic experience to hear the words lifted off the screen (and page).

We’d like to thank all contributors, whether they read or not. Thanks to Claire Savage for reviewing the day on Culture NI.

Currently we are reading submissions for issue 2. The deadline is 30th June. Flash fiction, short stories and one scene plays this time.

We look forward to reading more of the best contemporary new writing from NI and Ireland!Image