Introductions Series

Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series aims to encourage excellence in the craft of poetry, while raising the profile of talented, emerging poets. 

Poets who have submitted entries for the 2016 Introductions Series, please bear with us. We are choosing from an unprecedented number of very high quality submissions. All applicants will be notified of a decision by Monday 21 March. 

Applications are now open for the 2016 Introductions Series, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase their work through workshops and performance.

In 2016 the poets selected for the Introductions Series will participate in two workshops/master classes. The first workshop is focused on form and craft, the second on the art of reading/performing poetry in public.

These workshops will culminate in a number of public readings during the International Literature Festival Dublin, with one participant flown to New York to read as part of Salon Éire 100, an evening of Irish poetry at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center.

Veterans of the Introductions Series include: Pat Boran, Enda Wyley, Nessa O’Mahony, Dave Lordan, Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Eleanor Hooker, Martin Dyar, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kerrie O’Brien, Madeline Barnes, Victoria Kennefick, and Erin Fornoff. Several poets have subsequently been published by Dedalus Press, the Gallery Press, Salmon Poetry, Carcanet Press, and have won numerous prizes and awards.

How to apply

Interested poets should submit their work to be considered for selection for the 2016 Introduction Series. 

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A short biography and covering letter. 
  • A selction of published or unpublished poems (no more than 10 pages in total).


  • Submitting poets should ideally have had work published in established journals and magazines
  • Applications are facilitated by an independent, established assessor. 
  • Selected applicants are usually informed within four weeks and, depending on the number of submissions, approximately 12 poets are selected each year.

Applications should be sent to:
Introduction Series, Poetry Ireland, 32 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Application Deadline:
Friday 29 January 2016







» Watch more videos from previous Poetry Ireland Introductions Series