Founded in June 2010, The Moth is a quarterly printed 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 Sally Rooney, Simon Armitage, Evie Wyld, Kamila Shamsie, Gary Shteyngart, Helen Oyeyemi, Colm Toibin, Lionel Shriver, Tom McCarthy and Eimear McBride. You can find a list of interviewees here.
We are very proud to publish the work of new and up-and-coming writers alongside that of more established names.
We publish fiction by the likes of Max Porter, Claire-Louise Bennett, Mike McCormack, Joshua Cohen, Suzanne Joinson,Rob Doyle, Thomas Morris, Sara Baume, Lee Rourke, Thomas Maloney, June Caldwell, Robert McLiam Wilson,Nicholas Hogg, John Boyne, Nuala Ni Conchúir, Hilary Fannin and Stephen May.
We publish poetry by the likes of Sinead Morrissey, Les Murray, Annie Freud, Billy Collins, Selima Hill, Sjon, Dermot Healy, Clare Pollard, Leanne O'Sullivan, Vona Groarke, Colette Bryce, Andrew Jamison, Jacob Polley, Alan McMonagle, Maitreyabandhu, Paul Durcan, Tishani Doshi, Ciarán O’Rourke, Jack Underwood, Dan O’Brien, Josephine Dickinson, John Montague, Pascale Petit, Matthew Sweeney, Yusef Komunyakaa, John McAuliffe and Richard W. Halperin.
The art inThe Moth deserves as much attention as the writing. Artists whose works has featured include Michael Carson, Wen Wu, Elizabeth Peyton, Hope Gangloff, Edgar Mendoza, Mary Sauer, Bradley Wood, Tran Nguyen, Robert C. Jackson, Lu Cong, Cesar Santos, David Piddock, Isobel Brigham, J. P. Donleavy, Mamma Andersson, David Paul Costello, Kenne Gregoire, Jasper Joffe, Gabhann Dunne, Billy Childish, Victor Man and Chantal Joffe. ‘Life in the Top Flight’ Sunday Times interview
out of the border region of Ireland in County Cavan, The Moth is
one of the most impressive literary magazines publishing now in the
English-speaking world. The magazine is slender, neat and unpretentious in
design; its visual art is typically stunning, its typeface invitingly
diminutive. The interviews read often like craft-packed mini-memoirs. The poems
and stories are consistently gripping, pertinent, stirring. Like all real
literature the words The Moth carries on its wings to readers
are local and intimate yet gathered from the multitudes. Subscribe and be
‘I love the mixture of the art and words in The Moth. It’s beautiful. I always want to frame it. ’ Fiona Benson
‘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 a small and very pleasing work of art ... it even has a collectible feel ... The literary selection on offer is superb ... with interviews which capture vivid and readable portraits of each author.’Irish Arts Review
‘The Mothhas always been a beautiful thing to behold on our magazine shelves ... It manages to have gravitas and coolness simultaneously.’ National Poetry Library (UK)
‘The Moth is a beautiful creature.’ David Mitchell
‘What would life look like without The Moth? It would be the end of our civilization. Such as it is. The Moth 4EVER!’ Gary Shteyngart
‘The Moth is a friend to the bright.’ Joshua Cohen
‘There’s a great Kandinsky colour-as-music feel to the magazine.’ Nichola Deane
‘The Moth does not flutter, but pierces truthfully with wit.’ Yusef Komunyakaa
‘No other magazine like it.’ Billy Collins
‘The Moth magazine is a thing of beauty.’ Caoilinn Hughes
‘The Moth is an amazing magazine.’ Donal Ryan
‘If you want to keep your finger on the pulse, The Moth magazine is all you need.’ Christine Dwyer Hickey
‘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, literary magazine.’ Irish Times
‘It is not just a magazine, but a work of art.’ The Bridge
‘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
SUBSCRIPTIONS, SUBMISSIONS & NEWSLETTER
The Moth appears in March, June, September and December.
Annual subscriptions (€28 Ireland &UK/€32 ROW) and individual copies (€7) can be ordered here (postage included).
If you would like to submit work to The Moth click here. Click here if you would like to receive The Moth Newsletter.
REBECCA O'CONNOR Rebecca is co-founder and director of The Moth. She edits and designs The Moth and The Caterpillar. Her debut poetry collection We'll Sing Blackbird was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award and she is a recipient of a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize from Poetry Review. Her debut novel He Is Mine and I Have No Other waspublished by Canongate in 2018.
WILL GOVAN Will is co-founder and director of The Moth. He conducts the interviews and takes photographs of the interviewees for The Moth. He studied portraiture at Heatherley School of Fine Art in London and paints in The Moth Studio.
HELEN SHARP Helen is an editorial assistant at The Moth. She studied a PhD in Philosophy at Ulster University and is an artist and freelance writer and spends lots of time with horses.
THE MOTH POETRY PRIZE Now in its tenth year, 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. The closing date is 31 December annually. Details here. THE MOTH SHORT STORY PRIZE An annual prize with a closing date of 30 June. Each year a single judge chooses three winning stories, which appear in the autumn issue of The Moth. There are three prizes of €3000, a week-long retreat at Circle of Misse in France, and €1,000 respectively. Details here.
THE MOTH ART PRIZE The Moth Art Prize awards €1,000 plus a week's residency at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland to the winner of this prize for figurative or representational work. The closing date is 30 August annually.
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 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, Chrissie Gittins, Ian Whybrow, Brian Moses, Carole Bromley, Lousie Greig 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). The closing date is 31 March annually. THE CATERPILLAR STORY FOR CHILDREN PRIZE The Caterpillar Story Prize is a prize of €1,000 for a single story written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The winning story appears in the winter issue of The Caterpillar. The closing date is 30 September annually.
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 portraiture group with Will Govan on Tuesdays from 8−10pm (€5). Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries. Call 087 2657426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.