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.

Online Submissions

Online submissions can be made through our submittable portal via the link below. Please ensure you read through the guidelines on our Submittable landing page before sending your work. Also, ensure you have thoroughly checked and are happy with your poems before submitting them: please note that once submitted, work cannot be altered or amended in any way.  All poems (and cover letter) should be included in a single document: Do not make a separate submission for each poem. Once you've made a submission of poems, please refrain from submitting again until after learning of the editor's decision. Should you have a query concerning your submission, you're welcome to email 

Submissions are now open for Issue 144, edited by Jessica Traynor. 


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  • Poems should be original, and previously unpublished.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,
3 Great Denmark Street 
Dublin 1
D01 NV63

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.