Issue 2 submissions are open as of August 8th! Submissions will close in five weeks time on Sunday, September 19th at 11:59pm. So mark your calendars!

For Issue 2, we decided to choose the theme of (un)belonging.

Belonging, unbelonging, and the relationship between them; that is the impetus of Issue 2. How do we feel like we belong? That we’re placed here purposefully, and not by some accident? Is it about having an affinity for something unifying? Or is it about conforming out of fear of being labelled ‘different’?

Belonging can be marked by the familial glow of companionship, feeling connected to a city, nature, or one’s home country, or by knowing everyone in a room full of people.

On the other hand, unbelonging is as much of an emotional presence as it’s cousin, a struggle that can start out in the playground and never quite end, never feeling part of the social fabric but instead isolated, judged, or exposed throughout life at different moments.

We hold this dichotomy within us from one day to the next. Belonging can become its opposite, robbed from us through no fault of our own. Is there a process behind this loss which leads to unbelonging, and how do we overcome this? The way we represent both feelings, and how they intersect in society, culture, and on this planet, is the journey of Issue 2.

Let’s join these halves together. We are keen to publish work which examines what exactly it means to belong or not, and which strikes us with honesty, poignancy, and care.

From each contributor we are looking for:

Short stories: 1 written piece of fiction up to 5,000 words maximum.

Poems: up to 3 poems of no more than 50 lines each.

Essays: 1 written essay of up to 1,500 words maximum.

Photographs and art: up to 8 pieces of photography or art. Please also ensure that your work is in high resolution digital format.

Along with Issue 2’s theme of (un)belonging, we will be awarding a cash prize of €50 for best submission in each submission category.

That means in short fiction, poetry, essays, photography, and art, you could have the chance to win €50 and be named one of our featured creatives!

Entry into this competition is automatic, meaning all submissions will be considered. There is no fee to enter.

As always, we look forward to seeing all of the diverse talent that you have to share.

If you have any queries or burning questions, please feel free to reach out to us before submitting your work at info@bealtainemag.ie!

Bealtaine