Call out to editors and publishers for poems to feature in Poetry Day Ireland 2020 campaign

25th November 2019

Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 30 April 2020 with the theme ‘There will be time’. The countdown is on! We want to hear poems that move you anti-clockwise, poems that alarm you, poems that make you tick and chime. 

We’re inviting submissions from editors of literary journals and poetry publishers based on the island of Ireland for poems with a view to featuring them in the campaign for Poetry Day Ireland 2020.  

Time – we never seem to have enough of it and it moves too fast. Or else it moves too slowly for our liking, as we count down minutes, hours and days.  

Time is universal in all our lives. Whether we’re looking to the past, living in the ‘here and now’ or pondering what our future will look like. Each poem is a time machine – travelling to the past or the present or the future, examining the way we were, are, and hope to be. 

We’re looking for poems that capture the theme of time and particularly ones that mention specific times of the day.

The Poetry Day Ireland team will select poems to feature on posters, postcards and online. They will be on wide public circulation in advance of and including Poetry Day Ireland. Selected poets will also receive a €50 once-off fee.   

How to submit:   

1. Poems should be emailed as a Word or PDF attachment to
NB - If you wish to submit more than one poem, please include them all within a single Word or PDF document. 

2. The deadline for submissions is Monday 6 January 2020.   

Guidelines for submissions:   

1. Poems will be accepted from the editors and literary editors of print journals, newspapers, periodicals and magazines published in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Poems will also be accepted from poetry book publishers based on the island of Ireland.   

2. Online journals and web-only publications may submit if a majority of their editors are based the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  

3. Entries from individual poets of their own work will not be accepted. This includes self-published collections.   

4. Entries must align with the theme of Poetry Day Ireland 2020: ‘There will be time’. We are particularly seeking poems that mention times of day e.g. crack of dawn, evening traffic rush, 4am insomnia etc. 

5. Ideally the poems submitted should be a maximum of 20 lines long, but we will consider sections from longer poems.   

6. There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted by each editor but if submitting more than one poem, make sure to submit them in a single Word or PDF document. Failure to do so will mean they will not be considered. 

For inquiries relating to this call out, please contact Elizabeth Mohen at