The Four Faced Liar is a Cork-inspired and based, Irish-flavoured, internationally-facing journal publishing an eclectic mix of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, work in translation and visual art.
Our mission is to showcase emerging writers and artists, helping them on their creative and publishing journey. Where possible, we aim to offer constructive feedback to submitters whose work hasn't quite made the cut. And we are committed to letting every submitter know the outcome of their submission.
We determined from the get-go to pay all our contributors for their work, and have been true to our word.
The four editors of the journal - writers ourselves - work completely voluntarily to bring each issue to print. Issue One was published thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. We are thankful for the financial support of Cork City Council which, along with the individual donations via the 'Buy us a Coffee' scheme, and a donation from an anonymous benefactor, has enabled us to bring issue two to fruition.
Issue Two is out now.
Issue Three will open for submissions in Spring 2024.
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Patrick Holloway is a writer of fiction and poetry. He is the winner of the 2023 Bath Short Story Award and is a 2023 Frank O'Connor Mentee. He is also the winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Competition, The Flash 500 Prize, and the Allingham Fiction Prize, among others. His work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Carve, Southword, The Moth, The London Magazine, among others. He is represented by Eleanor Birne of Pew Literary. He lives in Cork with his wife and two daughters.
Lucy Holme is a poet, nonfiction writer, PhD student and mother who lives in Cork. Her work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Banshee, The London Magazine, Wild Court, Poetry Wales, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Banshee, The Irish Independent and Southword amongst others, and is forthcoming in PN Review, The Waxed Lemon, The Pig's Back and more. In 2021 she was awarded a mentoring fellowship from The Munster Literature Centre and this year she was shortlisted in The London Magazine Poetry Prize, and runner up in both the Southword Subscriber’s Poetry Competition and The Southword Literary Essay Competition. Her debut chapbook, Temporary Stasis (Broken Sleep 2022) was shortlisted for The Patrick Kavanagh Award and a collection of nonfiction essays is forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books in Autumn 2024. She recently graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at UCC with a distinction and was awarded an Agility Award from The Arts Council to help further develop her first poetry collection. She teaches a nonfiction course for Adult Continuing Education UCC and a poetry class to undergraduates on the BA in English at UCC and will begin her Poetry PhD under the supervision of Dr Liz Quirke at UCC in October 2023. She is a keen swimmer and committed Irish dance mum and when not writing and editing most of her time is taken up with the whims of her excessively needy French Bulldogs and one very demanding canary.
Rosie Morris is an emerging writer and a champion of minoritised voices. Rosie began writing creatively only in her mid-50s, making her first submission aged 60. Since then, her work - short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry - has been published in anthologies and journals (most recently HU, The Storms and Sonder Magazine). Her short fiction has been placed or listed in many competitions. When not writing or editing, Rosie is a family carer, community worker, researcher, dog walker and nature lover. Grief-stricken about our destruction of this beautiful planet, Rosie is nonetheless hopeful that good sense and compassion will prevail. She is also optimistic that her first novel, for which she was awarded a Munster Literature Centre mentorship, will soon see the light of day.
Stephen Brophy is the winner of the 2021 Montana Prize in Fiction. He was a recipient of a Munster Literature Centre Mentoring Fellowship. His short stories appear in Winter Papers, Cutbank, The Honest Ulsterman, The Waxed Lemon, and Bat City Review among others. He lives in Cork with his fiancée and two sons.