This Autumn two literary periodicals in the United States are seeking contributions from poets from or with strong ties to Ireland.
New England Review seeks writing by those born in Ireland or long-term residents of the country for “The Door Left Wide: A Tribute to Eavan Boland” edited by Shara Lessley. Authors may submit no more than four previously unpublished poems (10 pages max).
NER is also accepting short remembrances of Eavan Boland, or essays that explicate personal relationships with one of her poems (up to 800 words). NER welcomes submissions by established and emerging writers, including those under-represented in Irish literature. Cover letters should include a sentence verifying the author’s relationship to Ireland. Submission details are available here. The deadline for submission is September 15th, 2022.
Rattle’s Spring 2023 issue will feature a Tribute to Irish Poets. Poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but the poet must identify as Irish and have lived in Ireland for a significant portion of their life. The intention is to highlight and connect with the contemporary poetry scene in Ireland.
Translations from the Irish language are welcome, but all submissions should be in English. Writers may submit up to four previously unpublished poems (or pages of short poems) at the same time. Full guidelines are available on the website. The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2022.
If you are not familiar with either of these publications, I highly recommend a subscription and in the case of Rattle, the selection of chapbooks is also very impressive. Last year I received a copy of Gil Arzola’s chapbook The Death of a Migrant Worker. I have returned to this short collection for inspiration again and again.