Rejections and successes in 2015:Getting published

Last month, Patrick Cotter, poet, writer and head of Southword and Cork Poetry Festival (and many other things) put together a list of his successes and rejections for the year 2015. It was encouraging and honest and it made me compile my own. To be honest, I have not had as much time to revisit and edit or even submit new and reworked stories but am happy enough with a few publications. I will go with my rejections first up.



Rejections-no way, man, you are just not getting in!

Banshee Magazine-twice with a lovely reply!

Moth Magazine-no reply yet!

Dromineer Flash Fiction-2nd time, 2 years running.

New Irish Writing-at least 4 times..

Success! Published in…

Spontaneity Magazine Issue 7

Boyne Berries Issue 17

Bray Arts Journal 2015

Readings and other great things for me!

Claire Keegan Fiction Workshops, December 2015, Bunclody.


The Summer Writing Institute for Teachers of Writing:University of Maynooth:July 2015

I was accepted onto a week-long pedagogical program for teachers who teach writing. The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in consultation with a range of teaching and learning networks, including Maynooth University Early Childhood, the Further Education Support Service, the Reading Association of Ireland and the IrishNetwork for the Enhancement of Writing, hosted this institute. It drew from the US National Writing Project model and is designed to provide an opportunity for dedicated teachers, from all education levels, to meet, share good practice, and learn more about writing and supporting the development of writing and writers. It was amazing!

The Mc Henry County College June 2015-Deighton Hall-Carlow Arts Festival

I had the chance with my writers’ group to read with the U.S based McHenry County College National Champion Literature and Performance Group at the Carlow Eigse Arts Festival.

A Taste of Visual March 2015

I read one of my short stories “Can’t rewind” as part of the Carlow Writers’ Co-operative in Visual, Carlow. It featured wine and cheese (and other delectables), as well as Marton Sipos on piano with a wonderful series of self composed improvisations accompanying a series of readings by members of the Co-Operative. The audio recording can be heard here.

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