The best way to know what we publish is to buy a copy and read it!

We publish original poems (no more than 100 lines), short stories (no graphic violence or language, please; we have younger readers), and creative non-fiction (no interviews or journalism), both up to 3,000 words. We also use illustrations, drawings and photographs in black and white. All work must be original.

All work must bear some relationship to the natural world. But we don't just want descriptions: we want to know how you feel...

Please do not submit work with overt sexual references, graphic violence or swearing, since The Curlew is a family publication. Any such work, if not amended with your permission, will be rejected.

We do not want work describing hunting, culling or the violence in nature. The Curlew is about celebrating the natural world and our relationship with it. Likewise, there are plenty of story themes out there that don't end in death! Try to be different from the pack...

We don't care whether or not you have creative writing qualifications; we don't care if you've never been published before. We just want high-quality work that sings.

Previously published material is OK as long as you, the author, hold the copyright. You are free to publish your pieces elsewhere afterwards – with a credit to The Curlew, of course.

There is no payment for contributors since The Curlew is a volunteer, non-profit venture, supporting conservation projects. However, you will know that, if you have been published in The Curlew, not only are you in great global company, but you are helping to protect the natural world you care about.

Aran, Ireland – Lynn Parr
If you would like to submit work to The Curlew, please email your material to, including a brief paragraph about yourself. You can send submissions at any time, but we will hold on to them until required – we will let you know as soon as we do!

Please be patient for a response, as we have a lot of submissions to read and would like some time to do our own writing. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you are not selected for publication, please don't be downhearted or offended – it may just be that your piece does not fit in with the others planned for forthcoming issues (there may already be a poem about starlings, for example).

Now stop reading and start writing!