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For the 3rd Issue of The Storms, the theme is a trio of interconnectedness

Shelter – Sanctuary – Sanctum

‘I felt it shelter to speak to you’ Emily Dickinson

‘Happy is the house that shelters a friend’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Every powerful storm will help us to make a stronger shelter’ Mehmet Murat  Ildan

‘Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself’ Hermann Hesse

‘For my tribe, the people I found years ago, we’ve found sanctuary in the irreverent, in the off-centre, in the quirky… and that’s how we stay engaged in what would otherwise seem to be a really cruel world. A really harsh world’ RuPaul

‘The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach’ Carl Jung

‘When I would re-create myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable and to the citizen, most dismal, swamp. I enter as a sacred place, a Sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature’ Henry David Thoreau

Shelter (Noun) 1. a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger 2. A shielded or safe condition: protection

Sanctuary (noun) 1. Refuge or safely from pursuit, persecution or other danger. 2. A nature reserve 3. A holy place, a temple,

Sanctum (noun) 1. A sacred place, especially a shrine within a temple or church 2. A private place from which most people are excluded

The Storms, a printed journal, is looking for submissions of poetry, prose and visual art including collage, painting & photography for its 3rd issue.

If you were a contributor in Issue 2, you are asked to not submit to issue 3 so that we have as much diversity as possible throughout all our issues and to give as much chance as possible for our readers to discover new voices. Inaugural issue contributors are welcome to submit to this issue.

Submissions are open from Monday 15th May – 11.59pm Saturday 24rd June 2023.

For our 3rd issue, editor-in-chief Damien B Donnelly, will be joined by Nithy Kasa as sub-editor. Read all about Nithy here


Submissions should comprise of an email with a brief GREETING to Damien and Nithy (Hello, I hope you are well, I would like to submit my poem / prose / art…) and a bio in the 3rd person (MAX 70 words) in the body of the email. Emails can be titled The Storms Poetry Submission / The Storms Prose Submission / The Storms Art Submission.

Submissions should not have been previously published but you are welcome to submit pieces that have appeared on social media – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

Please only submit to ONE CATEGORY per issue.

For POETRY and PROSE we ask for all submissions to be included in one document, in WORD, PDF or similar, using TIMES NEW ROMAN / FONT SIZE 12 or similar. For ARTWORK, we ask you to send your submissions in a PDF format and, if accepted, we will ask for a higher quality before we go to print. You can title your document The Storms Poetry, The Storms Prose, The Storms Art.

We are fine with simultaneous submissions but ask you please to let us know immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere and we will be the first to congratulate you.

All submissions are reviewed BLIND so please have NO IDENTIFYING MARKS on the document. If your name appears on the document with your work, unfortunately, your work will not be considered. (A little background – we had 2000+ submissions last year and only two editors and this is not a profit-making journal! This is a community builder so thank you for your understanding of how precious our time is and for reading carefully the guidelines.)

We have NO TOLERANCE for any form of racism.

Email up to THREE poems (max 40 lines per poem), TWO pieces of prose (max 1500 words per piece) or THREE pieces of art to

Please note the address is with two S’s at the centre.

We aim to respond within 4/6 weeks after the closing submission date.

There are no funds to pay contributors but they will be posted one free copy of the journal and will be asked to take part in the launches – live and online.

The first two issues are available here at

The Storms is also available in selected bookshops around Ireland including Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway, Books Upstairs and The Winding Stair Bookshop in Dublin, Dingle Bookshop in Kerry, Books at One in Mayo and The Secret Bookshelf in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

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The Storms, Issue 3 is supported by Fingal Arts.


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