Poetry Ireland Introductions

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

Applications are now open for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2017, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase theirwork through workshops and performance.

The poets selected for the Introductions 2017 will participate in a workshop focused on poetic form and craft, as well as a masterclass on the art of reading and performing poetry in public.

These workshops will culminate in a number of public readings during the International Literature Festival Dublin.

Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce that poet Colette Bryce will select this year’s participants and will also lead the form and craft workshop. Colette takes over this year from Alan Jude Moore, whose insight and wisdom has been critical to the success of the series over the past number of years. Theo Dorgan will lead the poetry reading and performance workshop.  

Veterans of the Introductions series include: Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Eleanor Hooker, Martin Dyar, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kerrie O’Brien, Jane Clarke, Victoria Kennefick, Erin Fornoff, Alvy Carragher, Stephen Connolly, and Stephen Sexton. Introductions poets have subsequently been published by Dedalus Press, the Gallery Press, Salmon Poetry, and Carcanet Press, and their work has gone on to win numerous awards, including the Rooney Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, and acknowledgement at the Irish Book Awards. Since taking part in the series, these poets have also received invitations to read internationally at locations ranging from New York to Mumbai. 

How to apply

Interested poets should submit their work to be considered for selection for Introductions 2017. Applicants are required to submit:

  • A short biography and covering letter. 
  • A selection of published or unpublished poems (no more than 10 pages in total).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.
  • Only poets resident on the island of Ireland or Irish poets living abroad may apply. 
  • 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: 
Introductions 2017, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1

Application Deadline:
Friday 17 February 2017      





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