Applications are now open for Poetry Ireland's Introductions series 2020. 


Applications are now open for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2020, 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.

The poets selected for Introductions 2020 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. A third workshop will be offered on preparing a first collection. 

Poetry Ireland Introductions 2020 will culminate in a number of public readings during the prestigious International Literature Festival Dublin in May 2020.

Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce that poet Vona Groarke will select this year’s participants and will also lead the form and craft workshop, which will take place in April. 
Alumni 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. Former participants have also received invitations to read nationally and internationally, from Cork to New York, Belfast to Mumbai.

How to apply:

Interested poets should submit their work to be considered for selection for Introductions 2020. 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  • A selection of published or unpublished poems (no more than 10 pages in total).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.
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