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.
To celebrate 10 years, we asked 10 Irish writers – Danielle McLaughlin, Patrick McCabe, June Caldwell, Conor O'Callaghan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Rob Doyle, Medbh McGuckian, Alan McMonagle, Adrian Duncan and Eleanor Hooker – to tell us what The Moth means to them for this Irish Timespiece. You can read their responses here.
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 in The 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.
The Moth appears in March, June, September and December. Individual copies and subscriptions (print and digital) can be ordered here, with no hidden postage costs. If you would like to submit work to The Moth click here. And you can sign up to our newsletter here.
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 email@example.com.