Call for submissions in April

We are now preparing for our next issue. We are looking for stories or poems for children from pre-school up to YA literature. We have a  2000 word limit for stories and 40 line limit on poems and will only be able to accept them as word docs attached to emails. Please do not cut and paste your work into the body of the email. We would also welcome any illustrations you may like to submit. Please attach your images to an email as a jpeg. We will be open for submissions for the whole month of April. We hope to launch the issue with a launch event in May/June.Submissions should be emailed to:

We have no money, so sadly we can not pay writers and illustrators, but you would keep the copyright for your work and can go on to submit it elsewhere in the future.

Please spread the word and support our little unfunded journal run by volunteers!



Introducing Roisin Coleman

roisin (2)Roisin Coleman, Poetry Editor


Introducing our Poetry Editor, Roisin Coleman. Roisin is a writer from County Down and a founder of the Square Circle Writers in Newtownards. Known for her vivid imagination and wicked sense of humour, Roisin is the author of the highly entertaining Disco Duck, enjoyed by adults and children alike. Roisin hosts the Milk and a Cookie and a Bedtime Story children’s literary events and works closely with Paula Matthews on the poetry content of The Launchpad. We are very excited to hear that she is coming to the inaugural launch event and has agreed to read some of her very engaging and lyrical writing for children.

Launch of Issue 1

The launch event will be on Saturday 30th January, 2.30pm-4.00pm in Common Grounds coffee shop in Belfast. This will be a relaxed event and children and babies will be welcome. The idea is to hear people read their work and celebrate new writing.

Youngest Contributor

Special thanks to Caoileann, who at 8 years of age is our youngest contributor. Caoileann co-wrote the play ‘Everything is Possible – the Quantum Bedroom’, which appears in issue 1,  with her Dad, Jason O’Rourke. We are sure he is very proud of you, Caoileann. We know we are very impressed – keep writing!