New young Irish writers’ journal seeks submissions for inaugural edition

Attention, younger scribblers. There’s just a fortnight left for submissions for the first edition of Under Thirty, a new peer-reviewed journal for Irish writers between the ages of 16 and 30.

Under Thirty was established on a non-profit basis last month by Dr Stephen Doherty, an author and lecturer in Dublin City University.

Dr Doherty is a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies and the Centre for Next Generation Localisation in DCU. In other words, lots of scientific-type stuff, and Under Thirty is something quite apart.

In a piece published on Coddle, Stephen explained:

It’s quite experimental and it’s not something that has really been done before within the creative writing world. It came from talking to young writers who were struggling to have their work read, and I thought it would be an interesting idea to set up a organisation where people can submit their work, get constructive advice and have a chance to be published.

As well as offering feedback and advice on submitted work from a 50-strong editorial advisory team (which includes, at a quick glance, the excellent Vanessa O’Riordan from, crime writer Louise Phillips and a host of people with “Dr” before their name), Under Thirty plans to publish a journal twice a year in print in Ireland, Australia and the US and via e-book worldwide.

Submissions for the inaugural edition are invited, with a closing date of midnight on Wednesday, November 7th next.

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