Dodging The Rain is an art and literary journal committed to representing a variety of new work by emerging writers and artists. Founded and edited by graduates of NUI Galway’s MA in Writing and Literature and Publishing programmes, and one graduate of Uversity’s Creative Process MA, Dodging The Rain provides an internet platform that showcases writers and artists worldwide. Galway, Ireland is its spiritual home.
Áine Ni Mhaoileoin — Fiction and Features Editor
Áine is a Galway-based writer of fiction and drama. After completing an MA in Writing at NUI Galway, she co-founded Dodging The Rain. An avid reader and writer, she is working, slowly but surely, on a number of longer projects with a view to publication.
I’m looking for stories that capture something essential about life, and all the better if this can be achieved with humour and/or magical realism. ‘Dirty Little Fishes’ by Jess Kidd is a wonderful example of a story that does all of this, and more. I read every submission and pick my top five. It is never an easy decision. My advice? Stay true to yourself but edit wisely before you submit. For short-story writers, I recommend reading Lights in the Distance by Susan Millar DuMars; it is everything.
So far, we have featured interviews with authors, artists, musicians, actors, and even organic farmers. We’ve also published some popular book and film reviews. I’d like to know more about the people, and the art, that inspires our readers and am open to submissions of this type.
Dana Rabe — Fiction and Drama Editor
Dana Rabe is young enough to admit her age and old enough to know better. She is a Nebraska native who has lost a good portion of her heart to Ireland, specifically Galway. Currently based in the Silicon Prairie she is a writer of fiction and drama and a dabbler in other areas. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota with a double major in theatre and English and of Uversity’s Creative Process MA class of 2016, she has not yet been published anywhere but here.
I have eclectic tastes. If your work can draw me in and keep me there then I will most likely wish to share it with others.
My tastes are no less eclectic in this arena. Show me life and all its edges with humour or harsh words or a trip to the moon.
Hana Nemeckova — Art and Non-Fiction Editor
Hana is from Prague, Czech Republic. She moved to Galway to get her MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway and it looks like she is going to stay. She is interested in editing and proofreading, as well as translation from Czech to English and vice versa.
I’m looking for anything that will take my breath away and capture my imagination. Photos, paintings, drawings, animations, videos, songs, I want them all. Be innovative, experiment and find your own voice. Don’t be afraid to send me more than one piece, I accept up to 10 pieces of art per submission provided they are in the appropriate format.
I am very open in this category and look forward to seeing what you come up with. Do you want to pay tribute to your favourite writer/artist? Have you invented a mind-blowing recipe that you wish to share with the world? Perhaps you are fond of travelling and would like to sum up your experience, give advice or draw attention to some underrated magical place you have discovered.
History, science, letters, personal essays, contemplations, journals of struggling writers, self-help articles, literary criticism and much more, send it my way! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need to discuss your ideas.
Neil Slevin — Poetry Editor
Neil Slevin MA, BSc is a writer from Co. Leitrim, Ireland whose poetry has been published widely. He is passionate about writing and editing. Neil edited Sin’s entertainment section and culture column, Resonate. He teaches second-level English.
I want poetry that feels – each poem to have its own personality and voice. Writing that experiments and challenges our preconceptions of poetry, that looks forward. Don’t pay tribute to poets past; hit me with concision, directness, ‘new.’
See our Best of the Net nominations for some of my personal favourites.
Rebecca Spicer — Co-Founder and Contributor
Rebecca is Galway born, Michigan raised. She is currently living in Galway and trying not to go mad from the dreary winters. She has a BA and MA in writing. Maybe one day she’ll be able to earn enough to make those letters mean something but until then she divides her time between a 9-5 job and her writing.
Megan Sullivan — Social Media Manager
Megan moved to Galway to do the MA in Literature and Publishing and liked the city so much that she decided to stay and brave another rainy winter. She has a BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies from Dún Laoghaire’s IADT. While at NUI Galway, Megan was part of the editorial and social media teams for ROPES and thoroughly enjoyed reading contributors’ work and discussing it with them.