Unsolicited submissions may be sent via Submittable during open submission periods only. Please see our Facebook Page or sign up to our Mailing List to be kept informed of the next open submission period. Except by prior arrangement, we do not accept hard-copy submissions at any time.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE'RE INTERESTED IN
THE DEDALUS PRESS is one of Ireland's best-known and longest established poetry publishers. Our main interest is in new poetry by Irish poets or by poets from elsewhere but living in Ireland. We publish on average 8–10 books per year, and our open reading periods regularly draw hundreds of new manuscripts, of which we can hope to take on just one or two per year.
Though we also publish poetry from around the world in English translation (generally in dual-language anthology format), such projects are usually initiated by us and we do not therefore accept submissions through this platform.
Together with a selection of your best poems, we invite cover letters that include general biographical and bibliographical information; however, we operate a 'blind' reading policy, and material other than the poems themselves is consulted only after we have formed an opinion on the work submitted.
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Dedalus Press invites submissions from Irish-born or Ireland-based poets only (north or south) for our 2022 OPEN SUBMISSIONS WINDOW for a FIRST FULL-LENGTH COLLECTION OF POEMS IN ENGLISH.
NOTE This call is open to work IN ENGLISH ONLY: though we do publish volumes of poetry in translation, these are by invitation only. As this is a call for first-book manuscripts, we regret that books previously published in other languages cannot be considered at this time. In addition we are unable to consider illustrated books, books by more than one author or books combining poetry and fiction or poetry and other forms.
Mindful of the challenges faced by poets writing outside of their native language, where we receive a manuscript of sufficient interest, we may offer an extended mentorship / editorial relationship in order to produce a final text of which all parties can be proud.
We welcome a minimum of 20 and maximum of 50 pages of poetry from an unpublished book-length manuscript. Submissions should be in English only, and poets must be 18 years of age or over to submit. Individual poems may have been previously published in journals, chapbooks, social media, etc. but not collected in book form.
As all submissions are read anonymously, please DO NOT include name, address or other identifying details on the poems themselves but only in the accompanying cover letter. Here you should feel free also to include details of previous publications, etc. or any other information you think is pertinent to the submission.
Response time is approx 3 months from the closing date of submission window (i.e., 31 July 2022). If you haven't heard back from us after this time, we are happy to receive a gentle reminder and will get back to you as quickly as possible. We regret that we do not have resources or staff to offer critiques on unsuccessful submissions.
Finally, as we prefer not to charge a reading fee, we do politely ask prospective poets to visit our website at https://www.dedaluspress.com and purchase one or more of our publications, both to support the press and to familiarise themselves with our tastes and preferences.
Many thanks for your interest in the Dedalus Press. Thanks for your interest and best of luck with your submission with your submissions: we look forward to reading them!