Guidelines for Submission to Poetry Ireland Review

Poetry Ireland Review is published three times annually. We welcome unsolicited submissions of poems, and proposals for articles and interviews, from Ireland and abroad, in Irish or English.

We actively encourage submissions from people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, who are currently under-represented in the submissions we receive throughout the year.

All submissions are read by the editor, but due to the huge (and welcome!) volume of submissions, we cannot offer any individual criticism.

We accept postal submissions, although our preferred means of submission is online through our Submittable form.
Cuireann Éigse Éireann fáilte roimh iarratais i nGaeilge. Is féidir iad a sheoladh go díreach chuig i gceangaltán Word.

In 2024, Poetry Ireland Review will be guest edited by Mary O’Donnell, spring issue #142, Mícheál McCann, summer issue #143, and Jessica Traynor, winter issue #144. Each editor will read submissions from a specific period of time for their issue:

Mary O'Donnell - Poetry Ireland Review 142 - will read submissions from [to be announced]. For Issue #142, Mary welcomes as diverse a range of poetry as possible from poets on the whole island of Ireland, and internationally. Mary is interested in the idea of poets 'making space', whether they interpret this as social space, space for difference, or creating space within a private self that offers no popular agenda. Meditative writing is also welcome. Mary O'Donnell, "Poets borrow from experience all the time and I see this as an opportunity for them to offer the combings of such experience. The language of experience and feeling, however they present it, is unique to them.”  
Submissions received after [tbc] will be read and considered by the editor for issue #143, the second issue of 2024.

Online Submissions

Online submissions can be made through our submittable portal via the link below. Please ensure to read through the guidelines before submitting. Please note that once submitted, work cannot be altered or amended in anyway. Ensure you have thoroughly checked and are happy with your poems before submitting them. All poems should be included in a single document. Do not submit more than once, should you have a query concerning your submission please email 


Postal Submissions

  • Send a maximum of four poems (no more than eight pages).
  • Keep a hard copy / digital copy of each submission.
  • Poems should be original, and previously unpublished.
  • Poems should be typed / printed, single-sided, with a cover note containing contact details and publication credits, if any. (Previous publication credits are not necessary to be considered for publication in Poetry Ireland Review).
  • Submissions should not be stapled or bound in any way, including the use of paperclips. 
  • If a poem continues over more than one page, clearly indicate stanza breaks between pages.
  • Include an email address with your posted submission if you only need notification of the editor’s decision and don’t need your work returned.
  • If you don't have email and would like your work returned, include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your posted submission, and indicate whether you'd like your work returned or only need notification of the Editor's decision.
  • Poets are welcome to submit their work to multiple outlets but please let us know as soon as poem is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Please send one submission at a time. If you have not received a response on a submission currently under review, please do not send a second one.

All postal submissions should be addressed to the Editor and mailed to this address:

Poetry Ireland Review,
Poetry Ireland,
11 Parnell Square East 
Dublin 1
D01 ND60

Poets whose work is accepted for publication will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears plus a payment for their contribution, which is currently a minimum of €50, or a year's subscription to the review. Copyright for published work remains at all times with the author. Please note that poems published in PIR will also be added to our online archive of back issues.

Essays and other Prose

Essays and interviews are normally commissioned by the Editor; we will, however, consider proposals for both. Essay and interview writers receive a copy of the journal plus payment. The payment for an essay or interview is currently a minimum of €100 plus a copy of the journal, or a 2-year subscription to Poetry Ireland Review plus a copy of the journal. Copyright for published work remains at all times with the author. Please note that work published in PIR will also be added in due course to our online archive of back issues.