The Moth announces it will cease publishing in June 2023
The Moth, an international arts magazine created by Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan, has been part of the literary scene for thirteen years. Renowned for its poetry, short fiction, art and prizes, it is to come to an end next year.
In an announcement on Twitter, The Moth said it would be ceasing publication.
“As of June next year, we will cease publication of The Moth and The Caterpillar. After thirteen happy years, it feels like the right time to focus on things other than the publications.
‘We’ll continue with all four of our literary prizes: The Moth Poetry, Nature Writing and Short Story Prizes, and The Caterpillar Poetry Prize.”
With increased prizes, the magazine has secured Michael Rosen as judge for The Caterpillar Poetry Prize in 2023.
The Irish Times will publish The Moth Poetry Prize shortlist and the winners of each of the other prizes online.
“Back issues of both magazines will be on sale on our websites, which means you can work on building a complete collection of your soon-to-be collector’s items! That’s 52 issues of The Moth – one for every week of the year – and a lovely round 40 issues of The Caterpillar.”
Editor Rebecca O’Connor said that it had been a remarkable privilege, as well as a pleasure, to to read new work from all over the English-speaking world.
Established in 2010, this marks the end of thirteen years for the magazine, which has featured work from literary bright lights such Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, John Boyne, Nuala O’Connor and Stephen May.
“Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without our readers. To them we are eternally grateful, and hope that they will continue with us on our journey.”