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Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets

SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT. Dedalus Press invites submissions for an anthology of poems by 'new Irish' writers

Reflecting the changing nature of Irish society, Dedalus Press is pleased to announce a call for submissions for WRITING HOME, an anthology of poems by ‘new Irish’ poets, to be edited by Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi and Pat Boran and scheduled for publication by Dedalus Press in Autumn 2019.

Poets from the ‘new Irish communities’, the ‘hyphenated Irish’, the Irish of mixed cultural, linguistic or ethnic origins, all are very warmly invited to submit … We particularly welcome poems (in English or in English translation) that record the changing nature of Irish society and explore some of the differences between as well as the similarities among those who now call Ireland home.

Identity, belonging, ownership, loss, culture and, of course, the complex subject of ‘home’ itself … These are just some of the broad subjects we invite contributors to consider in an anthology that seeks to reassert the importance of poetry in the ongoing discussion about who we are and what we are capable of becoming.

Contributors (who must be over 18 years of age) are invited to send up to 10 pages of poetry for consideration.

Poems may be new and unpublished, or they may be previously published in magazines, journals etc but not in book form. (Poets must not have previously published a book-length collection of their poems in English.)

Submissions for WRITING HOME should be sent as .doc, .docx or .rtf documents only via Submittable, the free online submissions manager (see link below). There is no charge or fee for submissions, and poets selected for publication will receive a payment for their work. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 30 April 2019.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

CHIAMAKA ENYI-AMADI is a 21-year-old communications officer and content creator. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. A recent honors graduate of University College Dublin, her work specializes in creative writing, copy writing and editing/proofreading. She has edited and contributed to Otwo magazine for The University Observer (University College Dublin). Her work has been published in various magazines both online and in print. She has performed in festivals, cultural events and workshops around Ireland, and has worked with various arts organisations and publishing agencies. Her writing and videos are heavily saturated with themes of shifting and marginal identities, cultural diversity, bodily autonomy and self care. She aims to promote women’s rights and dignities, positive mental health and the importance of creative expression.

PAT BORAN is a poet, broadcaster and editor, born in Portlaoise and long since living in Dublin with an Italian wife and two Irish-Italian sons. The recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989, he has published seven collections of poetry, most recently A Man is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017), and Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016); his new collection, Then Again, is published in March 2019. Editions of his poetry have been translated into many languages. His non-fiction includes the popular writers’ handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop and the humorous memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, he has edited numerous anthologies, and has been editor at Dedalus Press since 2005. The recipient of the 2008 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award in the US, he is  a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s affiliation of creative artists

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HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR POEMS TO ‘WRITING HOME’

Submittable is an online system (entirely free for those submitting) which greatly simplifies the process for both contributors and editors. It allows contributors to send their poems for consideration without incurring postage or other costs. And it allows editors and publishers to more easily manage what can be a complex and time-consuming task. To submit poems for consideration to WRITING HOME’, prospective contributors should click on the button below and follow the instructions. (They will be asked to complete a short form, to add a biographical / background note (in case of being selected for publication) and then to upload their poetry submission in .doc, .docx or .rtf format.

Reading of submissions will take place over the following months with poets selected for inclusion in the anthology being contacted by 01 June and invited to review their submissions and biographical notes before publication. Selected poets will receive a fee for their work as well as a copy of the anthology, and Dedalus Press will organise launch and reading events at which contributors will be invited to participate. We see this anthology as an opportunity not just to recognise but to celebrate the extraordinary vitality and energy of poetry on this island, wherever its origins.

NB When smaking a submission on the Dedalus press Submittable Page, be sure to choose WRITING HOME if there is more than one category or project currently open for submissions. Thank you for your interest. (Please feel free to spread the word about this exciting anthology project.) We very much look forward to reading your submissions. Good luck!

The cover image of WRITING HOME is by Anna Hryniewicz, a Polish-born abstract painter based in Dublin. For more info and galleries, see annahryniewicz.com