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The Vanishing IRC by Padraig O’Morain [Ireland]:
From the Poetry Ireland Newsletter: 'Cost-cutting at An Post [Post Office in Ireland] has seen the demise of a product used by generations of writers but, unfortunately, by too few other people. The International Reply Coupon [IRC] has traditionally been the only feasible way to include postage when submitting work to overseas journals. An Post says reply coupons involved a ‘phenomenal’ administration cost and were relatively little used, so it has stopped issuing them.Instead, people who want to make it easier for others to write back to them are encouraged to use the International Business Reply Service. Unfortunately there is a minimum charge of €127 per year for this service and individual writers would generate too little business to be eligible for it anyhow. This more or less leaves us high and dry when it comes to submitting our work to foreign publications ...'
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