Smithereens Press was recently set up with the intention of producing high-quality poetic texts of chapbook-length to be made available online. The decision to start the Dublin based press was founded on the understanding that opportunities to release shorter texts, particularly those that may not meet the criteria of standard full-length collections, are restricted by financial realities and limited interest on the part of the more-established publishers. The ambition is to provide a venue for poets so that their work may be made widely available to a community of readers and poets here in Ireland and abroad.
The press recently released their first three publications (and have others forthcoming);
‘The Server Room’ – Conor O’Callaghan
‘Rain’ – Maurice Scully
‘Zero at the Bone’ – David Wheatley
Smithereens Press endeavours to produce chapbooks of the highest quality of various forms of poetry. These publications may be complete mini-collections, stepping stones toward a more established volume of poetry, or transient texts which embrace a condition of open-endedness.
The press produces online publications presented as static texts hosted on this site to be accessible online but also to be downloaded in chapbook format bearing all the marks of traditional poetry texts.
Kenneth Keating told writing.ie “As evident in our first publications, the press welcomes work from diverse poetic backgrounds and its editorial policy hopes to blur any reductive divisions between ‘traditional’ or ‘experimental’ poetry. This project is still in its infancy, but we are proud of the start we have made. This is only a start, however, and we need help to get our message out and to grow this press so that poets, emerging and established, and readers of poetry alike can find a new entry point into contemporary Irish poetry.”
We are of course open for submissions, our Submission Guidelines can be found here: http://smithereenspress.blog.
Updates and news on our latest releases can be found on our Facebook and Twitter (@SmithereensPres) pages.
All enquiries and submissions may be made to the editor, Kenneth Keating, at firstname.lastname@example.org.