The Ogham Stone: Literary & Arts Journal
The Ogham Stone: Literary & Arts Journal
Produced by the students on the MA in English and the MA in Creative Writing programmes at University Limerick, Ireland.
Produced by the students on the MA in English and the MA in Creative Writing programmes at University Limerick, Ireland. Read more
The Ogham Stone is a Literary and Arts Journal produced by the students in the MA in English and the MA in Creative Writing programmes at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The journal has been running for the last few years, but the most recent issue was launched in February 2016 at the Doolin Writer's Weekend, Co. Clare, Ireland.
As a journal it is fast emerging as a distinctive and prestigious platform for new writing in Ireland, and each year has seen the journal improve and evolve, attracting more submissions from well-known and international writers and artists.
For our 2018 issue, we hope to create a journal that will stand out against competitors and make a positive and unique contribution to the arts and literature scene in Ireland. The Ogham Stone is a non-profit journal, with a passionate team of students and lecturers, striving for excellence.
Our dedicated fiction and poetry teams are currently reading and rereading submissions to ensure we have the best quality material for The Ogham Stone 2018. Our journal will be collaboratively edited and designed by students.
Submissions have been collected from Ireland and abroad and we our enjoying the process of sifting for gems. The journal will be packed with quality poetry and prose, with foreword from author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (Apple Tart of Hope). Previous authors featured include Joseph O’Connor (The Star of the Sea), Julian Gough, Giles Foden and Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart).
We hope to distribute online and in as many stores as possible. We hope to organise an exciting and engaging literary launch event this year, with the location yet to be decided.
The University of Limerick has provided us with initial funding for our journal. However, we need further funding to bring our journal to a competitive standard. We are also reaching out to businesses to support The Ogham Stone.
Last year, due to financial constraints, we have been limited to small print runs in the past but this time we want to increase circulation of the journal and to reach more readers.
This year with your support, we hope to triple our quantity. More funding means more prints and at a cheaper cost per journal. More prints also mean a potential increase in audience, equalling an increase in submissions. This will all lead to an even higher quality journal for 2019 and on. With your help, we are building our future.
Previously we have successfully launched at the Doolin Writer’s Weekend in Clare, and at the University of Limerick. The launches have been small due to our limited budget.
This year, our first year using Kickstarter, we hope to use a portion of funds to enhance our launch and promotion.
We hope to launch in spring 2018. Special backers will receive invitations and we would love to see you all there.
Last year The Ogham Stone featured twice in The Irish Times, Ireland’s national newspaper, with an article by Julian Gough (winner of 2007 BBC National Short Story Award) and the foreword by Giles Foden (English author, best known for his novel The Last King of Scotland).
Currently we are negotiating with printers. Our current aim is to print approx. 200 – 300 copies, with no funding left for promotion. Our fundraising goal of €1500 will cover the cost of approximately another 150 copies, including postage and promotion.
If we surpass our target, we will try to reach the maximum quantity of prints and create a launch and literary event that this journal deserves.
€3000 if we exceed our goal by 1500 we will increase our output.
€5000 if we exceed our goal by 3000 money will roll over to next year's funding.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all past contributors and advisers to The Ogham Stone; without them, we would not have had the opportunity to bring this journal to where it is today. We are grateful to you, our Kickstarter friends, for your time and interest. We hope you look out for our journal in your local store or online.
Risks and challenges
This will be our fifth issue, so we do not expect any hiccups. One major challenge is getting the best quality and quantity of journals out into the world. The great quality of work submitted, deserves to be heard.
A minor challenge has been the academic year itself. Due to the structure of the program, the student staffing of The Ogham Stone changes every year, with different people provide a varying knowledge base.
However, we luckily have the expertise of Carrie Griffin, who has been at the helm of The Ogham Stone since 2016. It is an exciting opportunity to keep the journal constantly evolving and with this group of talented individuals, we anticipate everything to be running smoothly through the journal launch.
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