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 2019, which will offer  poets in the early stages of their careers,writing in Irish or English, theopportunity to showcase their work through workshops and performance.  

The poets selected for Introductions 2019will participate in a workshop focused on poetic form and craft, as well as a masterclass on theart of reading andperforming poetry in public. A third workshop will be offered on preparing a first collection.  

Poetry Ireland Introductions 2019 will culminate in a number of public readings during the International Literature Festival Dublin.  

Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce that poet Martina Evans will select this year’s participants and will also lead the form and craft workshop 

Veterans of the Introductions series include: Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Eleanor Hooker, Martin DyarDoireann  Ghríofa, Kerrie O’Brien, Jane Clarke, Victoria Kennefick, Erin FornoffAlvy 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. Former participants 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 2019.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  • A selection of published or unpublished poems (no more than 10 pages in total).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 of the deadline and, depending on the number of submissions, approximately 12 poets are selected each year.  

  • We encourage submissions from poets who are currently underrepresented in Irish poetry, including but not limited to: people of colour, people with varied gender and sexual identities, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

  •  Please ensure your name, email address, and phone number are included on your submission. 

Applications should be sent to:   

Introductions 2019, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1  

Application Deadline:  
Wednesday 13 February 2019       

If you have any questions, please email info@poetryireland.ie 




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