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Call for Submissions – Dedalus Press – A New Anthology of Love Poems

Submission Deadline: 28 February, 2022


Love in 21st century Ireland: what does it look like? How does it work? How has the nature of love changed in recent decades – through social reforms, changes in legislation, with the proliferation of digital media and online connections? What rituals are entirely new, what others appear timeless? What does the contemporary Irish love poem look like?

Continuing our long-established practice of producing innovative, engaging anthologies that shine a light on the changing nature of Irish life, Dedalus Press is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for a new anthology of love poems.

Submissions are invited from emerging as well as established poets. We warmly welcome submissions from women, people of colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. We’re looking for the best poems, and hoping for the widest, most inclusive response to one of poetry’s perennial, essential subjects.


Editors Leeanne Quinn and Joseph Woods will take on the considerable task of reading and choosing from your submissions — poems traditional and experimental, quiet-spoken and declarative, timeless poems that focus on lovers (to the exclusion of all else) as well as poems that admit in the background glimpses of the world (and perhaps Ireland in particular) as it is today.


  1. Poets must be over 18 years of age, born on the island of Ireland (i.e. south or north) or presently in residence here.
  2. Poets may enter a maximum of 3 poems, in a single submission document (.doc, .docx or .PDF only). Poems longer than 40 lines cannot be considered. (Blank lines between stanzas should be counted but not the title or blank space before the first line.)
  3. Submissions should contain no personal or identifying information on the document itself. The submission window will ask for any information we may require in order to communicate with poets.
  4. Dedalus Press is an English-language publisher but submissions in Irish are welcome when accompanied by an English-language translation (in verse or prose). If chosen for publication, both the original Irish and English translation will be published together. (Line count, above, applies to the original poem and not to original and translation together.)
  5. Email and postal submissions cannot be considered. Poems can only be considered if submitted through the official online submission form. There is no charge for submitting work via the submission form. Doing so ensures that all prospective contributors are equal and that the work is judged on its own merits.
  6. Poems submitted may have been previously published in journals, magazines, or various broadcast formats (radio, Facebook, YouTube etc.) so long as copyright is held by the poet. Poems which have previously appeared in book form (i.e. individual collection, anthology, etc) cannot be considered. A publication fee €50 will be paid for each poem published.
  7. After acceptance, poets will receive .PDF proofs of their contributions and will have the opportunity to make small corrections. Re-writes or larger revisions cannot be accommodated.


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