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THE MOTH

‘Life in the Top Flight’ Sunday Times interview

‘I skim the serious American journals where I send work, but I actually read The Moth and I aspire to it. My friend the nun is shocked, I think, by the work … but she is reading it too, in her Italian cloister. She is probably praying for you.’ a subscriber

‘The Moth is an amazing magazine.’ Donal Ryan

‘No other magazine like it.’ Billy Collins

‘The Moth is a beautiful creature.’ David Mitchell

‘Exquisitely designed and choc-a-bloc with exciting new artworks and wordworks.’ Paul Durcan

‘The Moth is a rare literary gem.’ Dermot Healy
 
‘Ireland’s newest, and coolest, poetry magazine.’ Irish Times

‘It is not just a magazine, but a work of art.’ The Bridge

‘There’s a great Kandinsky colour-as-music feel to the magazine.’ Nichola Deane 
 
‘Something quite special has been created by O’Connor and Govan, not only in the exceptional content of the magazine, but also in the elegantly set print and pages.’
Totally Dublin

‘If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of Irish writing The Moth magazine is all you need.’ Christine Dwyer Hickey

Founded in June 2010, The Moth is a quarterly arts & literature magazine featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists. 
 
Each issue also features two interviews – with the likes of Paul Muldoon, Dan Rhodes, Kamila Shamsie, Billy Collins, DBC Pierre, Colm Toibin, Lionel Shriver, Tom McCarthy and Eimear McBride. You can find a list of interviewees here

The Moth appears in March, June, September and December.
 
Annual subscriptions (€28) and individual copies (€7) can be ordered here (postage included).

If you would like to submit work to The Moth click here.
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THE CATERPILLAR
The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth and is for children between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups like it too. It includes work by the likes of Michael Morpurgo, John Hegley, Hilda Offen, Janet Wong, Ian Whybrow and Dennis Lee. It appears at the same time as The Moth and ‒ like The Moth ‒ is jam-packed full of poems, stories and artwork. 


THE CATERPILLAR POETRY PRIZE
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is a prize of €1,000 for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). This year’s winner, chosen by John Hegley, is Janet Turner’s ‘Auntie Aggie’. You can read more about it here.   

THE CATERPILLAR STORY FOR CHILDREN PRIZE

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize offers a prize fund of €1,000, a 2-week retreat at The Moth and publication in the winter issue of The Caterpillar for the winners. You can enter the 2017 competition here

THE MOTH POETRY PRIZE
Formerly the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, it remains one of the most lucrative prizes in the world, with €10,000 for a single unpublished poem, and three runner-up prizes of €1,000. This year’s judge is Daljit Nagra. The closing date is 31 December. Details here


THE MOTH SHORT STORY PRIZE
The winner of last year's Moth Short Story Prize, judged by John Boyne, was Nikki McWatters’ story ‘Yellow Belly’. 1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (inc. €250 travel stipend), 3rd prize €1,000. The three winning stories of this year’s prize, chosen by Belinda McKeon, will appear in the autumn issue of The Moth.  

THE MOTH ART PRIZE
The Moth Art Prize offers a two-week residency at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland, along with a travel stipend of €1,000. The prize is for figurative or representational work. The winner of this year’s prize is Bradley Wood. 

THE MOTH RETREAT
‘For anyone looking for somewhere soothing to complete (or indeed start) their magnum opus; somewhere that is rustic but cosy, pared back but comfortable, and full of eclectic touches, witty and warm; this could be the spot.’ Irish Times


THE MOTH STUDIOS
Our studios at the rear of Church Street in Cavan are open on Mondays and Fridays for anyone who cares to drop in and do a bit of painting in convivial surroundings  (€5 half day/€10 full day). There is also a drop-in painting class for beginners with Will Govan on Tuesdays from 8−10pm (€15). Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries. Call 049 9522995 or email enquiries@themothmagazine.com.