The Celtic Issue

“You ever have the feeling there’s a stray something or other inside you?” he said. “You don’t know what it is, like a ball, or a stone, could be iron or cotton or grass or anything, but it’s inside you. It’s not a fire or a rage or anything. Just a big ball. And there’s no way to get at it?” ~From Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

From February 1 to March 1, we’ll be reading submissions for the Celtic Issue. We seek any piece concerning the culture and customs of the six Celtic nations—Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man. Short fiction; personal essays; literary, film, and television criticism; poetry; photography; and original artwork are all welcome.

Be sure to push beyond the traditional tropes—of course, we all love bagpipes and shamrocks, but your work should explore these Celtic people and places on a deeper, more satisfying level with literary and artistic intent. Include a brief, third-person bio in your cover letter. If necessary, explain your work’s connection to the theme, as well.

Word count: 200 to 2,000.

Submit your work today!


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