Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017

The biggest poetry competition for young writers is once more on the hunt for the very best poems by writers aged 11-17!

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. Since it was founded in 1998 the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices, including Sarah Howe, Helen Mort and Caroline Bird.

This year, the Award will be judged by Sinéad Morrissey and Kayo Chingonyi

The top 100 chosen poets (15 top winners and 85 commended), receive a range of fantastic prizes, from mentoring to a place on a life-changing Arvon writing course, from Poetry Society membership to a stack of poetry goodies. They also continue to receive support and development opportunities from The Poetry Society.

Foyle Young Poet 2016 Ella Standage told us:

“I write poetry because I like playing with language. Poetry doesn’t have all of prose’s rules: you can make weirder and more interesting things with it. Lots of aspects of speech get lost when you write it down, but poetry’s flexibility lets you get some of that tone back, or say things in ways you can’t do in prose or speech.

Entering competitions is a good way to get feedback, especially from yourself. You have to decide which poems you think are good enough to submit, which helps you find the common factors that make your poems good […] then you get to look at the winning entries, whether you win or not, and see all the new ways people put words together. So give it a try!”

For details of how to enter visit

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