Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page! A place where we answer questions that we are asked, frequently. If there’s anything else you want to know please feel free to comment below!

What is Silver Apples Magazine all about?

Silver Apples Magazine is a new e-zine launched in Ireland by Gráinne O’Brien and Alexandra Dunne (but please, call her Alex!). Essentially, we decided that while there are a lot of literary magazines in the world, most tend to focus on a particular literary genre or theme and could be quite restrictive if you are trying to submit. We love every genre, every style of writing, and wanted to create something that encompassed that love of everything.

You may have noticed, we also don’t like to take ourselves too seriously. We are very dedicated to creating a respected and respectable publication. We also are very dedicated to laughing, and loving this project as much as possible. We are firm believers that when you love what you do, and have fun with it, that shows in the quality of work produced.  

What are your submission guidelines?

All our submission guidelines can be found here

Do I need to have been published previously to submit to you?

Nope! While we are more than happy to feature artists and writers at every stage of their career, it is also a major priority of ours to feature new and emerging talent. We’re writers too and we’ve been there. We know it can be hard to find a platform willing to showcase the work of a complete unknown. That’s why we’re here. We are dedicated to publishing at least one unpublished author in every edition we produce. Even if it means hunting them down.

What gives you the right to judge us artists and what is publishable?

A combination of experience and literary snobbery. Though honestly, we just love art. We love to read, to debate about what we have read, to swop and exchange what we have read.  Surely there are people in your life who, if they recommend a book to you, you read it? That’s what we are to each other, and we want to be that for everyone else. We truly believe that this magazine will become an amazing source, one that people will go to because they enjoy what we pick.

Also, what gives you the right to question our right to judge and publish? It’s our magazine damn it.

How much do you pay your contributors?

Short answer: nothing. Sorry! Believe us when we say we would love to be able to pay our extremely talented contributors something for their efforts, but at the moment that’s just not feasible for us. Silver Apples Magazine is entirely run on a shoestring budget (i.e. as much as Gráinne and Alex can afford to put into it themselves). We are passionate about making a beautiful and professional product and we hope that as the readership of the magazine grows we may be in a position to offer some kind of remuneration. In the meantime though, far be it from us to dismantle the myth of the starving artist!

Where did the title of your magazine come from?

We’re glad you asked. The title comes from a line in the W. B. Yeats poem “The Song of Wandering Aengus”

And pluck til time and times are done

The silver apples of the moon,

The golden apples of the sun.

This poem hold a special place in both our hearts because these particular lines are inscribed on a stone on the grounds of the University of Limerick – the place where Gráinne and Alex spent several excellent years and the place where their love of literature was truly fostered.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Gráinne: Ah, a question that’s almost as old as time itself. Uummm… Alex know more about these things than I do…I’ll let her answer this one.

Alex: Because I will literally believe whatever Stephen Fry tells me, I’m siding with Qi on this on – egg it is

Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman?

Alex: Instinct makes me want to say Batman because, come on, Batman is way cooler than Superman! But at the end of the day he relies a lot on his gadgets whereas Superman possesses genuine super strength… You know what, Batman. Let’s stick with Batman.

Gráinne: The above answer belongs to Alex and bares no resemblance to Gráinne’s which of course is Superman. Superman is a flying alien with strength, agility and heart. Batman is a whining orphan. Boohoo, I have too much money. Dude, get over it. Also, I feel really good as Ben Affleck is Batman, for the record.

What do socks go when they get lost in the dryer?

Since time immemorial, a dreaded beast has lived within the confines of the land they call Tumble Dryer. Periodically, a champion is raised up among the Sockians to challenge the beast’s domination of them. None has ever returned. I’ve also heard they turned up in Narnia once.

How exactly do you pronounce your name?

Youtube provides a handy examples of both:


Alex (although, come on, this one should be obvious right?)

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Irrelevant. A woodchuck can’t chuck wood. We don’t have time to deal with hypothetical nonsense here!

What is your favourite book/books?

Gráinne: Mine is actually not Harry Potter (surprisingly), but a series of books I read when I was younger by Tamora Pierce, called The Song of the Lioness.

Alex: Are we really doing this? God there are just so many… The Lord of the Rings pops to mind because, as an impressionable eleven year old, this book changed just about EVERYTHING for me. Essentially though I will read just about anything and everything (aside from biographies, don’t ask why, I just really don’t like biographies for some reason) and every time I open a new book I fall in love all over again.

Daddy or chips?

Gráinne: Daddy. Daddy makes chips.

Alex: Are we talking curry chips or…?


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