We invite ambitious young writers aged 18-26 to apply for this extraordinary opportunity to
attend and contribute to Cúirt as IWC/Cúirt Young Writer Delegates.

Programme Description: Now in its fourth year, the IWC Young Writer Delegates
Programme is intended to give young writers an opportunity to immerse themselves
in a literature festival, soak up the atmosphere and to contribute to it as active
participants. The selected four young writers will attend the festival events, and
reflect on their experiences through social media.

During this period, they will be supported by an IWC facilitator and local writer
mentor to reflect on the festival and share their views via Cúirt and the IWC’s social
media platforms.

Please note: This year, the Delegate Programme will be taking place online. The
mentoring element will consist of exclusive Zoom workshops with the mentor and
delegates, and we will place a special focus on social media.

When:  21 st of April 2021 – 25 th of April 2021

Eligibility: This programme is open to writers aged 18-26 living anywhere on the
island of Ireland with strong interest in writing, reading and an ambition to connect
with and contribute to the Irish literary scene.

We encourage young writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Irish
literature to apply. We particularly invite applications from BIPOC, Traveller,
LGBTQIA+ and working-class writers. We will place a strong focus on ethnicity, race,
and socioeconomic status when evaluating the applications for this opportunity.

How to Apply:

You will need to send:

 A short cover letter including home postal address saying clearly and
concisely why you would like to be selected as a Young Writer
Delegate and how you think you can contribute to the festival using
social media or other platforms to draw attention to the festival.

 A Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including any written work
which may have been published online or in print.

 Two differing samples of work (max. 500 words each)
Compile ALL of the above into a single attachment in Word or pdf and send
to projects@writerscentre.ie. Incorrect formatting will disqualify.

Compile ALL of the above into a single attachment in Word or pdf and send to projects@writerscentre.ie. Incorrect formatting will disqualify.

Criteria for selection:

  • Eligibility – Participants must be resident on the island of the Ireland for a period of not less than one year 
  • Intent – the cover letter expressing the applicant’s intent and reason for taking part is key in informing our decisions.  Be sure to tell us your ideas on how your presence as a delegate will add value to the festival
  • Geography – we are seeking applications from all over the island
  • Incomplete or late applications cannot be not considered

Application Deadline: Wednesday 3 March, 2021 at 5pm

Criteria for selection:
 Eligibility – Participants must be resident on the island of the Ireland for
a period of not less than one year
 Intent – the cover letter expressing the applicant’s intent and reason for
taking part is key in informing our decisions.  Be sure to tell us your
ideas on how your presence as a delegate will add value to the festival

 Geography – we are seeking applications from all over the island
 Incomplete or late applications cannot be not considered
Application Deadline: Wednesday 3 March, 2021 at 5pm