Getting Published


The first thing to remember is that there are
only a small number of publishers in Ireland and lots of writers trying to get published.

A journal might, for example, only publish 2 or 3 per cent of material received. A book publisher might produce less. Don’t let the odds put you off. If your work is good enough you have a shot at getting published. Make your writing so good that the publisher can’t turn it down.

You might, however, help yourself by coming to the attention of publishers or agents in advance of sending them a manuscript – winning a competition helps, but the most tried and trusted is to build up a track record of publication in poetry magazines or journals. 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.

Getting Published

How to Make a Submission to a Publisher or Journal

The following is a list of guidelines for submitting original writing for publication:

  • Find out what kind of kind or genre of book each publisher produces, e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, sci-fi, historical fiction, short stories. Get a copy of the magazine or book produced by that publisher and read it. It is much easier to put together a submission when you have some idea of the editor’s taste, what the general standard of material published is like etc.
  • Read the submission guidelines for each publisher carefully. For example, some publishers will only want to see the first three chapters (but they will want you to have finished the book at the time of sending those chapters), or six poems, or a few stories.
  • Most publishers will have specific requirements regarding typeface size, layout, etc. In general, editors prefer not to receive fancy typefaces, handwritten work or work with illustrations.
  • Send copies of your work, not the originals, and always keep copies of whatever you send.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Getting Published

List of Publishers in Ireland

A&A Farmar

Beech House,
78 Ranelagh Village, D6

An Gúm

63-66 Amiens St.,
Mountjoy, Dublin 1, D01 H275 01 639 8400

Appletree Press Ltd

The Old Potato Station,
14 Howard Street South,
Belfast BT7 1AP +44 28 90 243074

Arlen House

PO Box 222, Galway

Blackhall Publishing

Lonsdale House,
Avoca Avenue,
Blackrock, Co Dublin (+353) 01 278 5090

Blackstaff Press

4c Heron Wharf,
Sydenham Business Park,
Belfast BT3 9LE +44 (0) 28 9182 6339

Brandon Books

Co Kerry (353) 06651463

Carysfort Press Ltd

Carysfort Press Ltd.,
Eamonn Jordan,
14 Giltspur Wood, Bray,
Co.Wicklow A98 W954 (+353) 87 958 2251

Celtic Press

Cló Iar-Chonnachta,
Páirc na Meán,
An Cheardlann, An Spidéal,
Connemara, Co. Galway


Cló Iar-Chonnachta,
Páirc na Meán,
An Cheardlann, An Spidéal,
Connemara, Co. Galway +353 (91) 593 307

Cois Life Teoranta

62 Páirc na Rós,
Ascaill na Cille,
Dún Laoghaire,
Co Bhaile Átha Cliath

The Columba Press

The Columba Bookservice,
55A Spruce Avenue,
Stillorgan Industrial Park,
Blackrock, Co Dublin +353 (1) 687 4096

Cork University Press/Attic Press

Youngline Industrial Estate,
Pouladuff Road,
Togher, Cork +353 (0) 21 490 2980

Currach Press

Unit 3B, Block 3,
Bracken Business Park,
Bracken Road, Sandyford,
Dublin 18 D18 K277 +353 (1) 687 4096

De Búrca

De Búrca Rare Books,
27 Priory Drive,
Co. Dublin, A94 V406

Dedalus Press

13 Moyclare Road,
Dublin D13 K1C2

Dominican Publications

Dominican Publications,
42 Parnell Square,
West Dublin 1 D01 P5R7 353 (0)1 8721611

Drumlin Publications

Co Leitrim +353 (0) 71 9855237

The Educational Company of Ireland

12 Ballymount Rd Lower,

Flyleaf Press

4 Spencer Villas,
Dublin, A96 P2E9 (01) 285 4658

Four Courts Press

7 Malpas Street,
Dublin D08 YD81 + 353 1 453 4668

Gallery Press

Gallery Press,
Loughcrew, Oldcastle,
Co Meath, A82 N225 +353 (0)49 8541779

Gill Books

Unit 10,
Hume Avenue,
Park West,
D12 YV96 +353 (01) 500 9500

gorse editions

Guildhall Press

Guildhall Press,
Ráth Mór Centre,
Bligh’s Lane,
Derry Ireland BT48 OLZ

Lagan Press

Lagan Press Limited,
Verbal Arts Centre,
Stable Lane & Mall Wall,
Bishop Street,
Derry, BT48 6PU +44 (0)28 7126 6946

Lapwing Publications

Lapwing Publications,
1 Ballysillan Drive,
Belfast, BT14 8HQ

Liberties Press

GEC Taylors Lane 8,
D08 XV25 353 86 863 8793

The Lilliput Press

The Lilliput Press,
62-63 Sitric Road,
Arbour Hill,
Dublin 7

New Island

Richview Office Park, 10,
Co. Dublin, D14 V8C4,
Ireland +353 1 278 4225

O’Brien Press

12 Terenure Road East,
Rathgar, D6, D06 HD27 +353-1-4923333

Penguin Ireland

Morrison Chambers,
Nassau St, 47-51,
Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 531 4150


123 Grange Hill,
Baldoyle Industrial Estate,
Baldoyle, D13 +353 1 806 3825

Salmon Poetry

9 Parliament Street,
Co. Clare, Ireland + 353 (0)65 7081941

The Stinging Fly Press

PO Box 6016, D1


Six San Antonio Park,
Salthill, Galway
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The following is a list of guidelines for self-publishing:

Choice Publishing

Barlow House,
Narrow West Street,
Drogheda, Co Louth,
A92 CPF9 +353 41 984 1551

Coppermine Press

Coppermine Press specialises in helping writers of all skills to become published authors by making their work available through online megastores such as Amazon.

Perpetuity Publications

Perpetuity Publications provide self publishing services to authors in Ireland and abroad. +353852727047

ISBN Information

For information about ISBNs, visit the link below.

ISBN Purchasing

To purchase ISBNs in the Republic of Ireland / UK, visit the link below.
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Editors: Laura Cassidy, Eimear Ryan, Jessica Traynor, John Patrick McHugh, Marie Gethins

bath magg

Editors: Mariah Whelan, Joe Carrick-Varty, Gboyega Odubanjo


Summerhill North,

Editors: Enid Conway, Emily O’Brien

Channel Magazine

Editors: Cassia Gaden Gilmartin, Elizabeth Murtough

Crannóg Magazine

Galway Language Centre,
Bridge Mills, Galway


3 Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, D6

The Dublin Review

Editor: Brendan Barrington

The Dublin Review of Books (DRB)

Editors: Maurice Earls, Enda O’Doherty

The Four Faced Liar

Based in Cork.

Editors: Patrick Holloway, Lucy Holme, Rose Morris, Stephen Brophy


Editors: Susan Tomaselli, Christodoulos Makris, Aifric Mac Aodha

Howl: New Irish Writing

Editors: Róisín Leggett Bohan, Lauren O’Donovan

Irish Pages

129 Ormeau Road,
Belfast BT7 1SH

Editor: Chris Agee

The Moth

Ardan Grange Milltown Belturbet Co. Cavan

Editors: Rebecca O’Connor, Will Govan +353 (0)87 2657251

Paper Lanterns

Editors: Grace Kelley, Amy O’Sullivan, Maggie Masterson

Paper Visual Art

Editors: Adrian Duncan, Niamh Dunphy, Nathan O’Donnell

The Pigs Back

Editors: Dean Fee, Emily Cooper

Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal

Poetry Ireland Review

Poetry Ireland,
11 Parnell Square East,
Dublin 1

No submissions by e-mail


Editors: Clare Healy, Sarah Sturzel


Editors: Sinéad Creedon, Orla Murphy


Munster Literature Centre
Frank O’Connor House
84 Douglas Street
Cork, Ireland

The Stinging Fly

P.O. Box 6016, Dublin 1

Editor: Lisa McInerney


Editors: Liam Harrison, Catherine Hearn, Seán Hayes


Editors: Róisín Byrne, James Hudson

The Waxed Lemon

Editors: Derek Flynn, Joanne McCarthy

Winter Papers

Editors: Kevin Barry, Olivia Smith
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Literary Agents

Marianne Gunn O’Connor Literary, Film & TV Agency

Morrison Chambers,
Suites 52-54,
32 Nassau Street,
Dublin 2, D02 RX59,
Ireland + 353 1 6779100

The Lisa Richards Agency

108 Upper Leeson Street,
Dublin 4, Ireland + 353 1 637 5000

The Feldstein Agency

54 Abbey Street,
Bangor BT20 4JB,
Northern Ireland

Contact: Paul Feldstein +44 (0) 2891 312485

Peters Fraser and Dunlop

Contact: Tessa David
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Other Publishing Resources

The Portable Creative Writing Workshop

by Pat Boran,
Salmon Publishing

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

Bloomsbury, London

Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

Bloomsbury, London

Writing Poems

by Peter Sansom,
Bloodaxe Books

Getting Into Poetry

by Paul Hyland,
Bloodaxe Books

Poet’s Market

Writer’s Digest Books
(Mostly U.S. publications)

The Making of a Poem

by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland,
Norton Books USA
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