CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Holy Cows: The Red Book of Kildare
January 17, 2024

January 22 2024 – February 12 2024

Thanks to a Brigid 1500 grant, Irish writers Shauna Gilligan and Niamh Boyce will be editing a new anthology of writing and art Holy Cows: The Red Book of Kildare in 2024.

We are looking for personal responses to the theme of the sacred feminine, Brigid and the heritage of Kildare. The anthology will be published by legendary feminist publishing house Arlen House and launched at Kildare Readers Festival October 2024 as part of Brigid 1500 Celebrations. We hope this anthology will become a source book and a tonic. All genres of writing and visual art welcome. Collaborative submissions also welcome.

Be honest; tell your truth.   /  Crash the clichés! /  Surprise us.

Submission Guidelines: Please read and follow the below guidelines carefully!

How to submit:

  • Submit unpublished work (online or otherwise) by email to [email protected] as an attachment.
  • All submissions are read anonymously so please do not have any personal identifiers on your manuscript or art work.(any work that does can not be considered for the anthology)
  • Please put Poetry or Prose or Visual Art in the subject title – as appropriate to your work.
  • Include a brief 50-word biography in the body of your email.

What to submit:

  • Prose: up to 2,000 words, in .doc, .docx, or pdf.
  • Poetry: up to 3 poems (no longer than 40 lines, excluding title) in .doc, .docx, or pdf.
  • Visual Art: submissions in jpeg. 2MB; 300 dpi; minimum 2000 pixels in width and height.

When to submit: Submissions will be accepted between Monday 22nd January and Monday 12th February 2024 only. No work can be considered outside these dates.  Further Details:

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