New Submission Guidelines
WE ARE PLEASED to announce a new system for managing submissions at the Dedalus Press, which we hope will make it easier (and less expensive) for poets to submit their work for consideration, and at the same reduce some of the administrative challenges at our end.
As of May 09 2016, we are happy to consider submissions sent in digital format through Submittable.com. (Please note we will NOT consider direct submission by email and any other digital method. Poets wishing to send their work in hard copy should first enquire about the best time to do so). By registering with Submittable (which is free), poets are able to send their work to Dedalus – and to hundreds of other presses, journals and magazines –without cost and as easily as filling up an online form and pressing SEND. At our end, the date, time and content of the submission are all recorded, making it easier for us to keep track of what is sometimes a complex administrative challenge.
The new system also allows us to spread the editorial workload, particularly when it comes to anthology or other ‘special’ publications, and to facilitate multiple readers. Though it is not mandatory to do so, in recognition of the saving of time and expense (printing, binding and postage), we invite poets who can afford to do so to make a small donation to the press (in the region of €10). Any monies received will be used to support this and other initiatives covered by our motto, Poetry Matters: Spread the Word.
Some Advice Before Making a Submission
The sad demise of a number of small poetry presses in recent times means that we are receiving ever more unsolicited manuscripts. To make things a little more manageable for us — and to give your work a better chance — please take the time to read carefully through the following guidelines.
Dedalus Press publishes a relatively small number of new poetry collections each year, some of which are by writers with a long-standing connection to the press, others of which are by new authors. In the main, our books are by Irish poets, or poets living in Ireland or, in the case of translations, have been translated by Irish or Irish-based translators, though this is more a recognition of our audience than it is a proscription against other kinds of projects. We remain strongly interested in international writing – particularly writing in translation: in recent times, however, our international list leans more towards geographical or theme-based anthologies rather than volumes by individual poets. To maximize the chances of your work being accepted for publication, please first acquaint yourself with the nature of the work we publish. (All publishers, perhaps especially small presses, have interests and preferences that help shape and distinguish their lists.) Dedalus titles can be purchased on this website or elsewhere online, or ordered through your local bookshop or library.
When it comes to submission, please realise that the volume of manuscripts received means we are unlikely to be in a position to offer detailed responses or critical advice. Poets seeking such advice or feedback should contact their local writers’ group / organisation for information on services of this nature. On a general point, poets working towards first collections are advised to send poems out for consideration to some of the many fine small magazines, e-zines and journals, in advance of sending us an entire manuscript. Like most poetry publishers, we keep an eye on such publications, and it has happened on a number of occasions that we already had ‘an interest’ in a poet before an unsolicited manuscript came through our letterbox. Indeed, on more than one recent occasion, we invited poets to send us larger samples of their work, having been impressed by it in such publications.
When making a submission, please check the following points:
DIGITAL (SUBMITTABLE.COM) SUBMISSIONS
The Dedalus Press page on Submittable.com includes simple instructions for submitting your 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.
The following instructions apply to hard-copy submissions only.
HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS ONLY
- 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 with your work, 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.
- Except by arrangement, we do not accept hard-copy submissions during the summer months.
- 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:
13 Moyclare Road
Dublin 13 K1C2
(Note: Address for correspondence only)
Thanks again for your interest in the press.