Fighting Words/Irish Times Supplement - Call for Submissions!

Submissions are now being invited for The Irish Times Fighting Words Supplement 2021!

Táimid ag glacadh le hiarratais as Béarla agus as Gaeilge.

Every year, Fighting Words publishes a magazine of exciting new writing by young people from all over Ireland with The Irish Times.

We are delighted to announce that we are now inviting submissions from secondary school students to be included in The Irish Times supplement in 2021.

Please submit pieces, notify your nearest teenager or generally get excited about it! Whichever applies.

Submission Guidelines (please read in full)

We are looking for short pieces of fiction on any theme. 

  • One (1) prose submission per author, poets may submit two (2) poems.

  • Word Count:maximum 1,500 words

  • IMPORTANT:  Format - Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced. Please attach to the email as a Word document. Do not sent PDF or handwritten submissions.


  • Your name (first name and last name)

  • Age

  • School

  • Your email address

  • Parent/guardian information: name, phone number and email address

  • Word count

Deadline : Please submit work by 5pm on Friday 15th January 2021 (deadline extended!)

Work should be submitted to:

Please note:  

  • Unfortunately we can only publish a limited number of pieces from all the work submitted.  We will contact you to let you know of the outcome of all submissions, whether successful or unsuccessful, once the editorial process has been completed.

  • While the magazine will be predominantly short fiction, if anyone is working on monologues, scripts, poems, comics etc. they are welcome to be submitted, as are extracts from longer pieces.  All work submitted will be considered.

  • We welcome work in any genre or style and on any theme. However, where work has not been submitted to us via a teacher or parent/guardian, please be aware that we may contact the parents and/or school should we have any concerns about the wellbeing of a young writer due to the nature of the work they submit. This does not have any impact on the editorial process of selecting work for publication.

  • Copies of the magazine will go out with The Irish Times in late Spring 2021.  There will be no fee paid for work published.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact