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Submissions deadline: 30th August 2021

The pandemic has had enormous and widespread effects on how we live our lives. It has challenged us like no other collective experience in our lifetimes, and many of the changes it has brought about have yet to be fully felt or understood.

It has also caused many of us to look again at the things we value, at what brings us hope, comfort, diversion, joy and consolation. It has gifted us a new awareness of the world of our immediate surrounds.

To recognise and celebrate this renewed interest in the local, the near-to-hand and the within-reach, Dedalus Press will late in 2021 publish LOCAL WONDERS, an anthology of poems drawn from the wide community of Irish and Irish-based voices*, presenting poems written since the early months of 2020 to date — not so much a diary of the pandemic as a handbook of the things, places and activities that have sustained us throughout.

To submit your poems for consideration for the Dedalus Press LOCAL WONDERS anthology, and for complete details of the submission process, visit the submission page here.

Please note that, unless by invitation, only poems submitted via this submission page will be considered. In case of access or other problems with some aspect of the submissions process, please contact Aoife at admin @ dedaluspress.com (no spaces) for help or advice.

Please submit up to three poems, not longer than 60 lines each.

*A note on eligibility

‘Irish and Irish-based poets’ should be understood to mean any poets born in Ireland, north or south, or poets born and living elsewhere who identify as Irish, or any poets currently living on the island of Ireland, or indeed based on the island at the time the poem was written. Our intention always is to be open and inclusive but, for this volume at least, the theme of the anthology will in part determine what work we can and cannot consider.

Terms and Conditions

1. Submission period: Poems may be submitted for consideration from 01 July to 30 August inclusive.

2. Submission is restricted to Irish poets or poets currently living in Ireland, north or south (see A Note on Eligibility below).

3. Poems should not have been published previously in book form. However poems which have been posted on social media accounts online or in small magazines, etc, are still eligible. (See full details above)

4. Poems should be not longer than 60 lines (including blank lines and not including title).

5. Anything defamatory, libellous, sexist, racist, etc. will be ignored/deleted.

6. Poets must include their full name, full postal address, email address and contact phone number with their submission. They should also include a short (max 50-word) biographical note. We are more interested in who and where poets are rather than detailed lists of their previously published poems/books (if any).

7. Please note that poems must be submitted in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats only. In the case of particular formatting concerns, please be advised that successful poets will in any case receive page proofs before publication, allowing for the correction of any small errors that may occur. Only such formatting corrections, and very minor corrections, will be considered at this stage, and significant rewrites or revisions will not be considered.

8. Please submit all poems in a single document. You will be prompted to submit up to three ‘pieces’, adding each piece separately. This does not mean that you should submit each poem as a separate document. Instead, simply add the title and details of each poem (or ‘piece’) as prompted by Duosuma – you will not need to upload any file at this stage. When you have added the details of each of the poems you wish to submit, click ‘next’. At this stage, you can upload a file containing all poems.

9. No correspondence will be entered into concerning poems submitted for this anthology. We are a tiny team, working long hours to keep poetry visible at this time and to serve our growing numbers of customers and readers at www.dedaluspress.com. We greatly appreciate your interest and support, and understanding.

If you have any trouble submitting work via Duosuma, please email admin@dedaluspress.com.

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