Penguin Ireland

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Penguin Ireland is Ireland’s leading publisher, covering all markets and genres. We are literary and commercial; we are local and global. We are here to help all great Irish writers tell their stories to the world.

More about Penguin Ireland

Covering the full spectrum of genres and markets, we are the leading Irish-based publisher. Publishing no more than 20 new titles a year, we select, edit and promote each book with the love and care of a small press, Our list of bestsellers, prize-winners and new discoveries is unmatched, backed up by the immense resources of Penguin Random House. We are literary and commercial; we are small and large; we are local and global. We are here to help great Irish writers tell their stories to the world.

Penguin Ireland Editors

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Michael McLoughlin

Managing Director

I publish for Penguin Ireland. My publishing in general non-fiction features biography, narrative/reportage and sport by authors including Henry Shefflin, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell.

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Patricia Deevy

Editorial Director

Accessible literary fiction and commercial fiction are my areas of publication, as well as non-fiction including current affairs, MBS, cookery and personal finance. My authors include Sinéad Moriarty, Maureen Gaffney, Paul Howard and Paul Williams.

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Brendan Barrington

Senior Editor

I publish literary fiction and serious non-fiction. My authors include Greg Baxter, Brian Dillon, Selina Guinness, Lia Mills, Tim Robinson and David Shafer.

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Claire Pelly


I'm an editor for Penguin Ireland, and commission commercial women's fiction. My authors have included Sylvia Day and Giovanna Fletcher and I look forward to publishing debut novelist Berenice Barrington in 2016.

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Claire Hennessy

Children's Editor

Claire Hennessy is seeking out exciting new children's and YA fiction from Irish (and Irish based) writers and talent. She tweets @clairehennessy.

Meet our Authors

Publishing no more than 20 new titles a year, we select, edit and promote each book with the love and care of a small press. Our list of bestsellers, prize-winners and new discoveries is unmatched, backed up by the immense resources of Penguin Random House.

Photo of Penguin Ireland author Sinéad Moriarty


Sinéad has been a consistent chart-topper with her warm, funny, thought-provoking and engaging family stories. She is among Ireland’s top five bestselling authors of women’s fiction and was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for her novel Mad About You


Photo of Penguin Ireland authors David and Stephen Flynn


David (left) and Stephen Flynn are identical twins who grew up in Greystones on the east coast of Ireland where they run the iconic Happy Pear vegetarian café. Their first book, The Happy Pear, was greeted with massive acclaim and became a No. 1 bestseller. They are working on a second book. 


 Photo of Penguin Ireland author Paul Howard


Paul is Ireland’s leading satirist. He is the multiple award-winning No. 1 bestselling creator of the phenomenon that is Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, a hilarious and brilliantly observed portrait of Ireland in good times and bad. The Ross series includes 17 titles and three sell-out plays.

Photo of Penguin Ireland author Greg Baxter


Greg Baxter is one of the most distinctive and compelling novelists currently at work. He has been described as “a blazing talent” by the Guardian, and his books have drawn comparisons with the works of masters such as Kafka, Sebald and Murakami.

Photo of Penguin Ireland author Selina Guinness


Selina Guinness’s remarkable debut memoir, The Crocodile by the Door, was widely acclaimed and shortlisted for the Costa biography award. She is working on her first novel.                             



Penguin Ireland is an imprint of Penguin Random House Ireland.  We are delighted to consider manuscripts and proposals, in all genres.

Email submission:

We strongly encourage submissions via email, to:
If you wish to submit electronically, please send a Word document consisting of a cover letter, short synopsis (no more than 500 words) and the work itself. The cover letter should include a brief summary of your book (a couple of sentences – not a synopsis) and a short note on yourself. Please do not send separate documents: all three elements should be included in a single document.

In the subject line of your email please include: 

• your name

• the title of your work

• whether it is fiction or non-fiction

• the initials of the editor you would like to look at your material if you have a preference (check out details of who our editors are and what they publish on the Contact Us page).

So your subject line might read like this: Stephen Green - The Chimneys (F) – BB.

In the body of your email please duplicate the information you have provided in your cover letter. (We ask you to provide this information twice for administrative reasons.)

When you send through your submission, you will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt.

Hard copy submission:

If you do not wish to submit via email, we also accept paper submissions of between 20 and 40 pages. Please also include a synopsis and a cover letter that includes your contact details (particularly an email address as this is our preferred way to contact you), and post to: SUBMISSIONS at PENGUIN IRELAND, 25 ST. STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN 2.

We cannot consider hand-written submissions. There is no need to have the manuscript bound or to present it in any special way. Please do not send us the only copy of your manuscript. While we take scrupulous care of the material we receive, it is not possible for us to confirm receipt of hard copy material and we do not accept responsibility for it.

Please note that for administrative reasons we do not return hard copy material, even if you include an SASE or postage

Response time:

An editor will read your submission as soon as possible. Please allow at least three months for a response; because of the volume of submissions we receive, it is impossible for us to estimate precisely how long a response might take. We are not in a position to give you information about the progress of your submission by phone or email. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give editorial feedback at submission stage.

We are very keen to consider your work, and we thank you for adhering to our submission requirements, which are intended to help us consider it as quickly and efficiently as possible.