Submissions

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 2,500 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 or factual journalism: we want poetic language, beautiful imagery – we want to know how you feel...

Please do not submit work with 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...

We don't care whether or not you have paper qualifications; we don't care if you've never been published before. It's all about the work. We just want high-quality material that sings.

Previously published material is OK as long as you, the author, hold the copyright  – we make use of One-time Rights. 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
Publication follows the Celtic year according to the seasons and the quality of content, not a modern tyranny of schedules and deadlines driven by advertising. It will be ready when it's ready.

You can send submissions at any time, but with your permission we will hold on to them until required – each issue is constructed organically to form a perfect whole (and we can't use everything we are sent, even though we'd like to).

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 would like to submit work to The Curlew, please email your material to info@the-curlew.com. We will need a brief paragraph about yourself, your inspirations, and your general location.

If you are not selected for publication this time, 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 (certain themes and species crop up much more than others).

Now stop reading and start writing!