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NB We are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions. Details of our next open submissions period will be posted here, on our Facebook page and notified to subscribers to the Dedalus Press Mailing List.

Submission Guidelines


To simplify administration, and minimise costs, for unsolicited submissions we prefer digital submissions via Submittable.com. (Please note we do not consider submissions by email. Poets wishing to send their work in hard copy formats should first enquire about the best time to do so). Registration with Submittable is free and enables poets to submit their work to a wide range of print and online publications.

Before Making a Submission


Dedalus Press publishes a small number of new poetry collections each year, some of which are by writers with a long-standing connection to the press, others by new authors. In the main, our books are by Irish poets, or poets living in Ireland. That said we remain strongly interested in international writing – particularly writing in translation.

To maximize your chances of being accepted for publication, please acquaint yourself with the nature of the work we publish. Dedalus titles can be purchased on this website or elsewhere online, or ordered through your local bookshop or library.

When it comes to submitting work, please understand that the volume of manuscripts received means that, as a small press on very limited resources, we are unlikely to be in a position to offer detailed responses or critical advice. Poets working towards first collections are advised to send poems out for consideration to some of the many small magazines, e-zines and journals, in advance of sending us an entire manuscript. Like most poetry publishers, we keep a keen eye on such publications and have often occasionally invited poets we were impressed by to send us larger samples of their work for consideration.

 

Checklist


When making a submission, please check the following points:

DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS

The Dedalus Press page on Submittable.com includes simple instructions for submitting work, as well as a simple form that asks for basic biographical and bibliographical material. Some of the fields in that form are mandatory, so that it is not possible to submit without first completing them. Note: The form is available only when we are in an open submissions period.

HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS ONLY

  • We accept hard-copy submissions only by arrangement.
  • Always ensure you keep a copy of work submitted as we cannot be held responsible for any manuscript or other material which goes astray or is inadvertently misplaced.
  • Always include sufficient return postage and a self-addressed envelope, together with a short covering letter giving details of previous publications, if any. If you do not require return of your manuscript, please make this clear in your covering letter and include only sufficient postage for a response letter or an email address.
  • Submit only typewritten manuscripts, one side of a standard white A4 or similar page only: handwritten work, or work submitted by email, WILL NOT be considered and will be returned unread/deleted.
  • Please do not send a complete, book-length manuscript: 6-8 pages of poetry will be sufficient for us to decide if we would like to see more. This will also, of course, reduce the cost of submission for you. Bearing in mind that we do not read unsolicited work throughout the year, expect a response time of up to 3 months, and please resist contacting us to inquire about a submitted manuscript before that time elapses.
  • If in doubt about the best time to send work, why not write to us first. Due care and attention will be given to all work submitted in accordance with these guidelines.
  • Manuscripts, which should be bound or otherwise fastened together, should contain a contents page (where applicable) and should have their pages numbered.
  • Information regarding previous book-length publications etc may be of interest, but there is no need to include a detailed CV or list of previous individual publications.
  • Please send the manuscript, together with appropriate return postage and self-addressed envelope to:

The Editor
Dedalus Press
13 Moyclare Road
Baldoyle
Dublin D13 K1C2
Ireland

(Address for correspondence only)

Thank you for your interest in the press.