WIS Writer Criteria

Criteria for Eligibility to the Writers in Schools Directory

Literary Criteria

Fiction/ children’s writers/ poets:

Writer should have at least one book published by a commercial publisher or a publisher funded by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Indicative Guidelines for commercial publisher:

  • Publishes no less than 5 books of that genre annually or less if they are an imprint
  • Has national distribution
  • Does not charge writer for publication
  • Book of no less than 48 pages


Poems/ stories published in at least 6 reputable journals/ periodicals

Indicative Guidelines for reputable journals/ periodicals:
A journal or periodical which is sold and circulated nationally or internationally eg:

Irish: Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Dublin Review
International: Agenda, Poetry Review, Stand, Poetry Wales, Poetry London, TLS, PN Review. (This is merely a list of indicative samples)

  • A journal or periodical which has been published with the financial assistance of The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland or a comparable international, national or regional funding agency.
  • An anthology which is published by a nationally or internationally recognised publishing house or university press.
  • A published anthology which is edited by a writer-in-residence appointed by a third-level institution, arts centre, or local/regional authority.
  • An online journal which regularly includes new work by established writers.
  • A nationally broadcast programme which regularly includes new writing e.g. Sunday Miscellany, The Poetry Programme, The Arts Show, Arts Extra etc.


Must have had a work staged by a reputable theatre company or a company funded by the Arts Council


Must supply details of work to date, and any books/ CDs


Should submit a list of screenplays.

General Criteria

  • All applicants should supply details of any experience gained in an educational setting

The following recruitment procedures are based on Writers in Schools Guidelines for the Protection & Welfare of Children & Young People in the Arts Sector

  • All applicants must agree to an interview process
  • Undergo a mentoring training programme:
    The WIS Mentoring Programme is a training and support service for writers and storytellers seeking to join the Writers in Schools Scheme. The programme involves the writer shadowing and receiving feedback and advice from one of a group of mentors, who have extensive experience of working with Writers in Schools.
  • Agree to garda vetting
  • Commit to a professional development/ training seminar

    Note: Applicants should note that literary criteria fulfil only one element of the recruitment procedure for Writers in Schools

  • WIS Single Visit Application Form
  • Writers in Libraries Application Form
  • Writers in Residence Application Form
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