We ask that all applicants apply via Submittable form by midnight on Wednesday 15 May, 2024.
We will ask you to submit the following into one .PDF or .doc/.docx document:

A short cover letter (approx. 1 page) including home address and Eircode/postcode.
In your cover letter, please include the following:

  • Why would you like to be selected for the Foundation Programme?
  • How will this opportunity benefit your writing practice? (you may wish to write about the supports listed in the programme outline above e.g. mentoring, Foundation Day, performing at DBF, etc.)

Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages)
Two samples of work (max. 500 words each or up to two poems)

Participants will be selected on the basis of:

  • Intent: Your reasons for wanting to participate in this programme will form a key part of the selection process. Be sure to tell us how you feel taking part in the Foundation Programme will help you to move forward with your work.
  • Demonstrated commitment: Places on this programme will be awarded to writers who are taking steps to build a professional writing career. We ask that you tell us what you have already done to develop your creative practice or engage with Ireland’s literary community to date. It is not essential for applicants to have been published to be eligible.
  • Work sample: Please note that this sample does not need to have been published, can be of any genre or form, and should be 500 words max. or up to two poems.This work does not need to be the piece that you submit for feedback from the writer-mentor.
Irish Writers Centre