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All of the poetry and fiction published in The Moth is unsolicited.

We are delighted to receive previously unpublished work from anywhere in the world.

We are very happy to look at work in translation (as long as you have the consent of the author).

We cannot offer feedback on any work submitted.  

Copyright remains with the author. Some work published in the magazine may also appear on our website.

Please wait to hear from us before you send us more work. 

Please submit work between September and April annually, for consideration in the spring, summer and winter issues. 

Send up to two short stories (preferably no longer than 3,000 words) and as separate Word or PDF attachments

Please specify in the subject box that it is a fiction submission 

Email your work to submissions@themothmagazine.com

If you would like your work to be considered for the autumn issue, then you should enter the annual Moth Short Story Prize. The autumn issue features the three winning stories, chosen by a different judge each year. 

You can submit poetry all year around, but it's worth noting that the four poems shortlisted for The Moth Poetry Prize appear in the spring issue each year.

David Stavanger will be a guest poetry editor – our first! – on the autumn issue of The Moth. David is an Australian poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and lapsed psychologist. His first full-length poetry collection The Special (UQP, 2014) was awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His poem Octonaut was a runner-up in the 2019 Moth Poetry Prize. David co-directed Queensland Poetry Festival (2015–2017) and is a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry. He is the co-editor of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 Spoken, Rabbit 27 Tense and SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019.) His new collection is Case Notes (UWAP, 2020). David is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy. These days he lives between the stage and the page. 

Send no more than six poems, and please send them in one Word or PDF attachment, if possible

Please specify in the subject box that it is a poetry submission

Email your work to submissions@themothmagazine.com

You can enter The Moth Poetry Prize here.  

If you do wish to post work to us, then please ensure that you retain the original, and bear in mind that we cannot return work but will respond by email. Postal submissions should be sent to:
Rebecca O'Connor
The Moth
Ardan Grange
Co. Cavan

The Caterpillar, the junior version of The Moth, is also open to submissions so, if you have a poem or story for children, we'd love to hear from you at editor@thecaterpillarmagazine.com. 




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