I’ve never submitted a story to Ireland’s Own. It’s a magazine I’ve seen mentioned in womag circles but until I spotted it in my local WH Smith’s a couple of weeks ago, I’d never actually seen a copy.
The magazine has a very traditional feel, appealing mainly to the older generation. It contains lots of features, some of which are Ireland specific and a much smaller number that don’t have an Irish connection. In the edition I have in front of me, there are four 1-page articles in the ‘Just a Memory’ section – so if you grew up in Ireland there may be an opening here for your work.
There is one short story published each week. I’ve read two of these and they strike me as being quite gentle. One was about an old married couple where the husband had retreated into a silent world. His wife (from whose point of view the story was written) adopts a stray dog and this animal finds his way into the man’s heart and gives him a reason for living again. The second story was written from a child’s point of view and tells how she finds a new friend for her grandfather. Neither story featured anything particularly Irish other than the character names.
I’ve done a quick trawl of the internet and the only submission guidelines I can find for the magazine are those on the trusty Womag’s blog. Take a look here – the guidelines for articles and fillers are also included.
If any of you have recent experience of being published by Ireland’s Own, do let me know.
Meanwhile, I’m going to try emailing the magazine for Writers’ Guidelines and tweak a story previously rejected by People’s Friend – maybe by changing a few names to Patrick and Bridget!
#1 by Julia on May 28, 2012 - 12:09 pm
I have dim recollections of having had something published in Ireland’s Own. I have a feeling it was the tale of Barbara Heck, the woman who took Methodism to Canada, but who came from Ireland. It’s many moons ago. I did look through my master record book to see if I could find it, but couldn’t. I did notice, however, that I once edited a book on pisto aero engines. Can’t image why I’d forgotten that!
#2 by Sally Jenkins on May 28, 2012 - 12:13 pm
Julia – you’re a woman of many talents, pisto aero engines – how niche is that! Your Barbara Heck article sounds like the sort of thing Ireland’s Own would publish. Maybe it’s time to get researching famous people from Ireland’s history…
#3 by susanjanejones on May 28, 2012 - 4:18 pm
I sent a story to them recently. I had a lovely rejection (if ever there is one of those). The editor is a smashing chap, who told me that email is better, and he could see from my top copy that I’m on the computer. He said he has a backlog of fiction at the moment, I’m sure that was a polite way of saying ‘we don’t want your story’, but I’m sure if they had a great story they would keep it on file. Good luck, I will try again, with names like Moira and Ethan. One more thing Sally, I’m sure you’ll know, I recently emailed a story to Weely News. Do they get back to you either way? I haven’t heard for a while, but I’ll have to check the date I sent. Thanks.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on May 28, 2012 - 7:00 pm
Thanks for the info, Susan and it’s nice to know that the magazine does get back to its contributors. As for the Weekly News, up until the end of last year, I would say ‘yes’ , they did get back to you either way. But I’ve 3 stories that have been with them since the end of 2011 and I’ve heard nothing, even after chasing them – so I’m not sure what’s going on now. Does anyone else know?
#5 by Keith Havers on May 28, 2012 - 7:36 pm
I’ve tried a couple to Ireland’s Own after my son brought back a copy from Dublin but no reply yet, and you’re right – the stories are very quaint.
The Weekly News do take a long time to reply but you should get one eventually. Jill Finlay the editor doesn’t seem to mind being given a ‘nudge’ as she calls it, if you’ve been waiting a while.
#6 by Sally Jenkins on May 28, 2012 - 7:39 pm
Thanks for this, Keith – hope you get a positive reply from Ireland’s own very soon and I’ll give Jill Finlay a bit longer & then nudge her again very politely.
#7 by Debbie on May 29, 2012 - 9:44 am
I’ve had several articles published in Ireland’s Own Sally. Do send your story in and the best of luck with it.
#8 by Sally Jenkins on May 29, 2012 - 12:43 pm
Well done, Debbie! It’s encouraging to know when other people are having success.
#9 by Trish Nugent on September 20, 2012 - 10:01 am
I was delighted to have one of my memory pieces published in one of the June editions of Irelands Own.. My first paying piece. I’ve sent several more in but no success. I will keep submitting though. Good luck everyone, and note there is a writing competition which closes end of September, for short stories and memory pieces.
#10 by Sally Jenkins on September 20, 2012 - 12:01 pm
Congratulations on your success, Trish! I didn’t know they were running a competition – I can’t find any details on the web, maybe you need a printed entry form from the magazine?
#11 by trish on September 20, 2012 - 9:10 pm
I will find out tomorrow and let you know.There is a cash prize and winner and runners up will be published in anthology next year:)
#12 by Sally Jenkins on September 21, 2012 - 11:44 am
#13 by Rebecca on October 22, 2012 - 5:20 am
I have also been published with Ireland’s Own and will be again soon but must add a word of warning, the editor doesn’t like it if you keep sending him stories/articles! I found this out the hard way; he got a bit ‘annoyed’ in the nicest possible way (his words) even though I’d only sent him one extra story. He sent me quite a rude email, added to which he said he’d had to turn down many, so I would suggest picking your moments 🙂
#14 by Sally Jenkins on October 22, 2012 - 8:32 am
Thanks for the information, Rebecca. Usually we’re told that once a publication accepts something, send them something else whilst they still remember you. But from your experience, with Ireland’s Own that doesn’t work. Worth bearing in mind!
#15 by Therese on September 23, 2013 - 2:44 pm
I won the Short Story competition years ago and last year came runner up. Ive also had some short stories, an article and a memory piece published. I love that type of writing, gentle, nostalgic, full of memories, nothing untoward.!
#16 by Sally Jenkins on September 23, 2013 - 7:21 pm
Sounds like you’re a regular contributor, Therese! You’ve obviously studied their market and got yourself on the right wave length. Well done.