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  The Moth by Cait Masterson

Founded in June 2010, The Moth is a quarterly printed art & 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, Owen Booth, 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, Sharon Black, 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, Victor Man, 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.

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 Times pieceYou can read their responses here.

Life in the top flight’ Sunday Times interview

The Moth fans the flames of poetic collaboration’ Irish Examiner

From flight of fancy to successful arts magazineIrish Times interview 

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 was published by Canongate in 2018. 

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. 

Now in its tenth year, it remains one of the most lucrative prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem, with a prize fund of over €10,000. The closing date is 31 December annually. Details here

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.

A new prize for 2020, awarded for an unpublished piece of prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry exploring the writer's relationship with the natural world. The closing date is 15 September. The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth. The winner will receive €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat. Details here.

The Moth Art Prize awards €1,000 plus a two-week 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. Details here.

‘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 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, Louise 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 is a prize of €1,000 for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 711). The closing date is 31 March annually.    

The Caterpillar Story Prize is a prize of €1,000 for a single story written by an adult for children (aged 711). The winning story appears in the winter issue of The Caterpillar. The closing date is 30 September annually. The prize was postponed this year, but will hopefully return in 2021. 

Our studios at the rear of Church Street in Cavan are open on Mondays through Friday 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 (on hold for the time being). Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries. Call 087 2657426 or email enquiries@themothmagazine.com.