The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award is an award for two emerging poets, one from Ireland and one from the United States. 

An initiative of Poetry Ireland and Stanford University, the Award has been made possible with the generous support of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Ireland.

Eavan was a relentless advocate for emerging poets, particularly those whose work risked being overlooked. She was a poet revolutionary, a searing talent, and a formidable artist. To her peers, students, and readers, she was an exemplar of courage, generosity, and unfailing friendship.

The Eavan Boland Award will create an annual opportunity for two emerging poets.  Each poet will receive €1,700, as well as three intensive mentoring sessions by leading poets over the course of four months.

Applications open on 24 September 2021 (Eavan’s 77th birthday) and close on 5 November at 12 noon, Irish Standard Time (4 am PDT).


Application to the awards is open to Irish poets or poets living in Ireland and to US poets or poets living in the U.S.

The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award is for emerging poets who have yet to publish a full first collection, but are working towards it, or a performance equivalent. Publication of a chapbook/pamphlet does not exclude an applicant).

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to writing poetry. This may include:

- a strong track record of publication in journals and/or received awards

- details of live performances or readings

- examples of workshops or courses taken


Applicants are required to submit:

 - A one hundred word biography

 - A five hundred word cover letter detailing their work/achievements to date, their suitability for the award, and the unique perspective they are writing from

 - Five pages of poetry

Applications from under-represented voices and communities are particularly welcomed.

Recipients of the award will be named in December 2021.





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