Getting Published

Getting your poems published is probably the biggest challenge facing a beginner writer. Here are some suggestions for making the process more straightforward, and ultimately we hope, more rewarding.


Publishers

The first thing to remember is that there are only a few poetry publishers in Ireland and lots of poets trying to get published. Therefore, from the publisher's point of view, it makes most sense to publish a first book by a poet who also has somewhat of a reputation among the poetry buying public. Of course, a reputation is of no help unless the work is of good quality.

There are a number of ways of doing this - winning a major competition helps, giving public readings is also useful - but the most tried and trusted is to build up a track record of publication in poetry magazines, newspapers and journals. As with all things in life, the magazines and journals that are the hardest to get into are generally the ones with the highest standards and thus the ones with the most impact.


How to make a submission to a magazine or newspaper

The following is a list of guidelines for submitting poems:

  1. Get a copy of the magazine and read it. It is much easier to put together a submission when you have some idea of the editor's taste, whether special issues devoted to a particular theme are planned, what the general standard of material published is like etc. We do not recommend submitting to a magazine you have never seen or heard of.
  2. Send no more than six poems, NOT YOUR ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT!
    Editors, of magazines in particular, are usually voluntary and poorly paid. They invariably receive at least a hundred times more material than they can possibly hope to publish and do not have time to read more than a few poems per submission. Generally magazines only accept original, unpublished work.
  3. Make sure that your poems are typed on A4 paper, if possible, and that your name appears on each page. In general, editors prefer not to receive fancy typefaces, handwritten work or work with illustrations.
  4. Send copies of your work, not the originals, and always keep copies of whatever you send.
  5. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope or an International Reply Coupon for a response. Most magazines and journals cannot afford to return manuscripts, which don't have an SAE/IRC.
  6. Give the editor time to reply. As previously mentioned, editors receive a lot of material: you can reasonably expect to hear in 6 months at the latest.
  7. It is not usual to submit the same material to more than one magazine at time.
  8. With established magazines it is usual to receive a copy of the magazine in which your work appears (you should not normally have to pay for this). Some magazines also offer payment for material, but the sums are usually small. It is not standard practice to pay to have your work published.

 


A First Collection

The difference between a book of poems and a novel is about £5000
Dermot Bolger, The Irish Times

Poetry publishing in Ireland is not big business, most publishers are small and so is their market. A first collection of poems is unlikely to be produced in a print-run of more than 1000. Big advances are rare (not to say unheard of) in poetry publishing, though you should expect to receive some copies of your book and perhaps some payment. Royalties are usually payable at 10% of the cover price per book sold. It is not standard practice to pay to have your work published.

As with poetry magazines, poetry publishers receive far more manuscripts than they can possibly hope to publish. It is crucial, therefore, to have established a track record of publication in established magazines etc. before approaching a publisher with a collection.

If you are planning to approach to a publisher it is preferable to send a small representative sample of your work (eg. the first 8 - 10 poems) with an introductory letter and a brief biographical note. Remember to include an S.A.E. If the publisher is interested in publishing your work they will contact you for a full manuscript. You should allow at least three months for a response.

 


List of Publishers & Journals in Ireland


A&A Farmar

Beech House, 78 Ranelagh Village, D6
t 353 (0)1 496 3625
e afarmar@iol.ie
w www.aafarmar.ie

An Gúm

Foras na Gaeilge, 7 Merrion Square, D2
t 1850 325 325 , 0845 309 8142 (NI)
e eolas@forasnagaeilge.ie
w www.forasnagaeilge.ie

Appletree Press Ltd

The Old Potato Station, 14 Howard Street South, Belfast BT7 1AP
t 44 (0) 28 90 243074
e reception@appletree.ie
w www.appletree.ie

Arlen House

PO Box 222, Galway 
t 086 8207617 
e arlenhouse@ireland.com

Ballylough Books

Chestnut Lodge, Callaghane, Co Waterford,
t 051-382538
w ardkeen.ie/ballyloughbooks/index.html

Blackhall Publishing

Lonsdale House, Avoca Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin
t 353 1 278 5090
e info@blackhallpublishing.com
w www.blackhallpublishing.com

Blackstaff Press

4c Heron Wharf, Sydenham Business Park, Belfast BT3 9LE
t +44 (0) 28 9045 5006
w www.blackstaffpress.com

Bradshaw Books

Civic Trust House, 50 Pope's Quay, Cork City 
t (0)21 4215175 
e admin@cwpc.ie 
w www.bradshawbooks.com

Brandon Books

Cooleen, Dingle, Co Kerry
t (353) 06651463
w www.brandonbooks.com

Carysfort Press Ltd

58 Woodfield, Scholarstown Road, Rathfarnham, D16
t 353 1 493 7383
e info@carysfortpress.com
w www.carysfortpress.com

Celtic Publications

16 Grove Lawn, Malahide, Co Dublin
t 353 1 845 6860
e info@celticpublications.com
www.celticpublications.com

Childnames.net

27 Villarea Park, Glenageary, Co Dublin
t 353 (0)87 9369888
w www.childnames.net

Cló-Iar-Chonnachta

Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Inverin, Connemara, Co. Galway
t 091 593307 
e cic@iol.ie 
w www.cic.ie

Coiscéim

91 Bothar Binn Éadair, Pháirc na bhFianna, Binn Éadair, Baile Átha Cliath 13 
t 01 8322 509

Cois Life Teoranta

62 Páirc na Rós, Ascaill na Cille, Dún Laoghaire, Co Bhaile Átha Cliath
t 353 1 2807951
e eolas@coislife.ie
w coislife.ie

The Columba Press

The Columba Bookservice, 55A Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin
t 353 1 294 2556
e info@columba.ie
w www.columba.ie

Cork University Press/Attic Press

Youngline Industrial Estate, Pouladuff Road, Togher, Cork
t 353 (0) 21 490 2980
w www.corkuniversitypress.com

Currach Press

55A Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin
t 353 1 294 2556
e info@currach.ie
w www.currach.ie

De Búrca

"Cloonagashel"
27 Priory Drive, Blackrock, Co Dublin
t 353 (0)1 288 2159
e deburca@indigo.ie
w www.deburcararebooks.com

Dedalus Press

13 Moyclare Road, Baldoyle, D13 
t 01 8392034  
e info@dedaluspress.com 
w www.dedaluspress.com

Doghouse Books

PO Box 312, Tralee GPO, Co Kerry, Ireland 
e info@doghousebooks.ie
w www.doghousebooks.ie 

Dominican Publications

42 Parnell Square, D1
t 353 1 872 1611
w www.dominicanpublications.com

Drumlin Publications

Nure, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim
t 353 (0) 71 9855237
e drumlinp@gmail.com
w www.drumlinpublications.com

The Educational Company of Ireland

Ballymount Road, Walkinstown, D12
t 01 4500611
e info@edco.ie
w www.edco.ie

Flyleaf Press

4 Spencer Villas, Glenageary, Co Dublin, Ireland.
t 353 1 2854658
e books@flyleaf.ie
w www.flyleaf.ie

Four Courts Press

7 Malpas Street, D8, Ireland
t 353 1 453 4668
e info@fourcourtspress.ie
W www.fourcourtspress.ie

Gallery Press

Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co Meath 
t 049 8541779 
e gallery@indigo.ie 
w www.gallerypress.ie

Gill and Macmillan

Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12
t 353 (1) 500 9500 
w www.gillmacmillan.ie/

Goldsmith Press

Newbridge, Co Kildare 
f 045 433613

Gorse
e info@gorse.ie
w www.gorse.ie

Guildhall Press

Unit 15, Rath Mor Business Park, Bligh's Lane, Creggan, Derry BT48 0LZ
t (028) 7136 4413
e info@ghpress.com
w www.ghpress.com

Lagan Press

Unit 45, Westlink Enterprise Centre, 30 - 50 Distillery St, Belfast, BT12 5BJ 
t  0044 028 9024 7776 
e lagan-press@e-books.org.uk
w www.lagan-press.org.uk

Lapwing Publications

1 Ballysillan Drive, Belfast BT14, Northern Ireland 
e lapwing.poetry@ntlworld.com
w www.freewebs.com/lapwingpoetry

Liberties Press

140 Terenure Road North, Terenure, D6
t 353 01 405 5703
e info@libertiespress.com
w www.libertiespress.com

The Lilliput Press

62-63 Sitric Road, Arbour Hill, D7
t 353 (01) 671 16 47
w www.lilliputpress.ie

New Island

2 Brookside, Dundrum Road, D14 
t 01 2989937 / 2983411 
e thomas.cooney@newisland.com 
w www.newisland.ie

O'Brien Press

12 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, D6, Ireland
t 01 492 3333
w www.obrien.ie

Penguin Ireland

25 St. Stephen's Green, D2
t 353 1 661 7695
e info@penguin.ie
w www.penguin.ie

The Penny Dreadful
e the.p.dreadful@gmail.com
w www.thepennydreadful.org

Poolbeg

123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Baldoyle, D13
t 353 1 832 1477
e info@poolbeg.com
w www.poolbeg.com 

Salmon Poetry

Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, Co Clare 
t 065 7081941 
e info@salmonpoetry.com  
w www.salmonpoetry.com

Seven Towers

4 St. Muras Terrace, Strangford Road, East Wall, D3
w www.seventowers.ie

Shamrock Haiku Journal

(Online Publisher)
Editor: Anatoly Kudryavitsky
w www.shamrockhaiku.hostei.com

Smithereens Press

(Online Publisher)
Editor: Kenneth Keating 
e smithereens.press@gmail.com  
w www.smithereenspress.com

The Stinging Fly

PO Box 6016, D1
e stingingfly@gmail.com
w www.stingingfly.org

Summer Palace Press

Cladnageeragh, Kilbeg, Killcar, Co Donegal
e cladnageeragh@eircom.net

The Yellow Nib

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, School of English, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN
e yellownib@gmail.com
w theyellownib.blogspot.ie

Yes! Publications

10-12 Bishop Street; Derry / Londonderry BT48 6PW
e yes@yespublications.org
w
http://yespublications.org

Wild Honey Press

16a Ballyman Road, Bray Co Wicklow 
e poetry@wildhoneypress.com 
w www.wildhoneypress.com 

Wordsonthestreet

Six San Antonio Park, Salthill, Galway
e publisher@wordsonthestreet.com
w www.wordsonthestreet.com/

 

SELF-PUBLISHING

Original Writing

Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, D7 
e info@originalwriting.ie 
w www.originalwriting.ie

Choice Publishing

Barlow House, Narrow West Street, Drogheda, Co Louth  
e info@choicepublishing.ie 
w www.choicepublishing.ie 
 
ISBNs
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POETRY JOURNALS

 

Poetry Ireland Review

Poetry Ireland, 32 Kildare Street, D2  
Editor: John F Deane
e publications@poetryireland.ie [No submissions by e-mail] 
w
www.poetryireland.ie

Cork Literary Review

c/o Bradshaw Books, Civic Trust House, Pope's Quay, Cork
e admin@cwpc.ie

Crannóg Magazine

Galway Language Centre, Bridge Mills, Galway
e editor@crannogmagazine.com
w www.crannogmagazine.com

Cúirt Review

Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway 
Editor: Trish Fitzpatrick

Cyphers

3 Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, D6  
Editors: Eíléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Macdara Woods, Pearse Hutchinson, Leland Bardwell
e letters@cyphers.ie
w cyphers.ie

The Drunken Boat

(Online Publication)
Editor: Rebecca Seiferle 
e tdbeditor@yahoo.com
w http://www.thedrunkenboat.com/index.htm

The Dublin Review

Brendan Barrington, PO Box 7948, D1
w www.thedublinreview.com/

The Dublin Review of Books (DRB)

e info@drb.ie
w www.drb.ie

Irish Pages

129 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 1SH
Editor: Chris Agee 
e editor@irishpages.org
w www.irishpages.org

The Moth

31 Church Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Editor: Rebecca O'Connor and Will Goven
e enquiries@themothmagazine.com
w
www.themothmagazine.com

THE SHOP

A Magazine of Poetry, Skeagh, Schull, Cork, Ireland 
Editors: John and Hilary Wakeman 
e wakeman@iolfree.ie [No submissions by e-mail] 
w www.theshop-poetry-magazine.ie

The Stinging Fly

P.O. Box 6016, D8  
Editor: Declan Meade 
e stingingfly@hotmail.com 
w www.stingingfly.org

Sharp Review

Writers Society, Societies Office, National University of Ireland, Galway
Editor: Liam Duffy
e writers@socs.nuigalway.ie 
w www.socs.nuigalway.ie

West 47

Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway 
e gac@indigo.ie 
w www.galwayartscentre.ie  


LITERARY AGENTS

The Book Bureau

Geraldine Nichol, 7 Duncairn Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow 
t 01 2764996 or 01 2764834.

Marianne Gunn O'Connor

Suite 17, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, D2 
t 01 6779100  
e mariannegmm@eircom.net

The Lisa Richards Agency

Contact Faith O'Grady, 108 Upper Leeson Street, D4 
t 01 6375000  
e faith@lisarichards.ie.

Jonathan Williams

Rosney Mews, Upper Glenageary Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin
t 01 2803482.

Causeway Literary Agency

24 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh EH7 4JP
PO Box 833, Maynooth, Co Kildare
t: 0131 556 2006 / 045 86 9801
e info@causewayagency.com

 


OTHER PUBLISHING RESOURCES

The Portable Creative Writing Workshop

by Pat Boran, Salmon Publishing

Writers and Artists Yearbook

A & C Black, London

Writing Poems

by Peter Sansom, Bloodaxe Books

Getting Into Poetry

by Paul Hyland, Bloodaxe Books

Poet's Market

(mostly U.S. publications) Writer's Digest Books

The Making of a Poem

by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, Norton Books USA

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