Going to Print

Issue 13 is ready to be uploaded to Newspaper Club for printing!

We will be launching it on Zoom on 23 July at 6.30 pm, and are delighted to have award-winning poet Jane Robinson on board to read some of her wonderful poems and launch this edition of Skylight 47. More details coming soon!

We are excited to be publishing this issue, and are so gratified that you our readers are supporting us by pre-ordering online, giving us the confidence to go ahead with our usual number of copies.

We are, of course, still reliant on online sales, as we won’t be able to sell at our usual events.

Issue 13

For a while we weren’t sure whether to put together a print version of Issue 13, as we weren’t sure we would be able to sell it without a ‘proper’ launch and selling at events. But we’re going to do it! We hope you, our loyal readers, will buy copies online.

The difficulty is deciding how many to print. To help us with this decision, you can preorder here.

As usual we have new poems, a fabulous Masterclass, reviews and comment, plus great artwork.

Launch date to be announced soon.


Issue 12 will be launched tomorrow, Sunday, 8 September, in The House Hotel, Galway City at 5PM by poet Emily Cullen. There will be music by cellist Nicola Geddes and violinist Nuala Ni Chanainn.

Readings will be from our wonderful contributors: poetry and, from our special supplement, prose.

Gone to Press

Issue 12 has finally gone to press!

We’re delighted to announce that this issue will be launched on Sunday, 8 September, in The House Hotel, Galway City at 5PM.
This issue is a special one as it includes an eight-page supplement which features writing from largely unpublished writers and writing groups based in Galway City and County. This is the product of our “Let the Stories Be Told” project, which was partly funded by Galway 2020 – European Capital of Culture.
Issue 12 is also special because this is our first themed publication, with Galway 2020’s themes of Language, Landscape and Migration selected for both the main magazine and the supplement. People responded in many interesting and surprising ways to these in the submissions.
We’re looking forward to seeing this Issue in people’s hands at last, after many months of preparation.

Issue 12 Submissions

The submission window for our next issue, Issue 12, is now open. This will remain open until midnight 1st May.  Issue 12 is a special issue as we are following specific themes (Language, Landscape, and Migration) and including a supplement to dedicate a space for unpublished writers – so please make sure to read our guidelines before sending in your work.

“Let the Stories Be Told” Project Launch

At the Galway 2020 premises on Thursday 18 October, we launched our project, Let the Stories Be Told. This project is funded under the Small Towns Big Ideas initiative.

Skylight team small

The overall aim of the project is to publish a special issue of Skylight 47 magazine in 2019. This issue will focus on writing that aligns with the three main themes of Galway 2020: Language, Landscape, and Migration.

Our editorial team (Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, and Ruth Quinlan) want to extend the platform of a print literary magazine to more people through the special issue. In addition to the usual magazine, there will be an eight-page supplement to showcase writing from under-represented groups from Galway City and County who have not had their work published extensively. It will feature memoir, short fiction, poetry and visual art. Submissions to the supplement will be open to participants from creative writing groups in Galway City and County who identify themselves as under-represented in print media.

In addition, the editors will work closely with up to three selected groups, providing each group with skilled creative writing facilitation. The criteria for a creative writing group to be included in the project are that groups should be based in Galway City or County, identify as under-represented in existing print media, and have a special interest in creative writing.

All contributors to the special issue and supplement will be invited to the launch of the magazine in September 2019 to read their contribution before an audience. In addition each contributor will receive a free copy of the magazine. The magazine will then be distributed throughout Galway City and County.

Groups or writing facilitators wishing to participate in the project should email the editors at skylightpoets47@gmail.com to express their interest.