We are interested in the potential of literature, in literature where lines between fiction, memoir and history blur (Sebald, Cendrars, Bolaño, Joyce), in experimental  writing, in fiction in translation, in the unconventional and the under recognised, in the personal essay(Sontag, Dyer). We are a literary journal equally interested in the arts (fine art, photography, architecture, film, music), in culture, in politics. We’re looking for smart writing, not academic.
gorse‘s website will publish shorter pieces of criticism , narrative essays and interviews all year round. We are not currently considering fiction or poetry. Please send a query, or the first 500 words of your proposed essay, to info [at] gorse [dot] ie, with ‘Website’ in the subject line. Work should be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you tell us straightaway if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. We will do our best to reply to all queries, but if you don’t hear back from us within six weeks please feel free to submit to another venue. Please note that as our resources are limited, we are only in a position to offer contributors a token fee. Finished pieces for the website would ideally be between 500 to 3000 words.
From 2016, gorse will be published three times a year. We are accepting submissions from 24th August until 21st September 2016, for issues seven (November 2016) and eight (March 2017): info [at] gorse [dot] ie, with ‘Print’ in the subject line. Any work sent outside of these dates will go unread.
a) All submissions should be previously unpublished
b) Submissions should ideally not be under consideration elsewhere and, besides poetry, should be a minimum 1,500 words in length
c) No more than one fiction submission (we want to read your best story)
d) We are especially looking for essays and interviews for issue seven
e) Non-fiction authors: we would like to read finished essays
f) We have a (pretty long) wish list of interview subjects, but we encourage proposals
g) We love translations, but they should be accompanied by a copy of the original text
h) Our Irish language section is commission only at this stage
i) Poetry submissions should be 4-8 pages of work
j) You should familiarise yourself with the kind of writing we like.
Some additional points can be read here.
We can offer a small fee for contributions, as well as a copy of the journal in which your work appears.