The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Re-opening 2018. The biggest poetry competition for young writers is once more on the hunt for the very best poems by writers aged 11-17. This year’s judges are Kayo Chingonyi and Sinéad Morrissey.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has kick-started the career of the some of the freshest names in poetry. Former winners included Sarah Howe, Helen Mort and Caroline Bird.

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.


10 thoughts on “The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

    1. Hi Zani,

      This year’s competition will be opening very shortly – keep your eye on YPN and the main Poetry Society website for the announcement!

      Young Poets Network

  1. Hi

    I want to sign up independently (without school helping) as I’ve written what myself and close family rate as quite a powerful piece.
    Is that allowed?

    1. Hi Elena,

      Great to hear you’re interested! The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award will open again for entries in spring next year – keep checking back to the website for updates:

      On Young Poets Network we currently have two challenges open to poets up to the age of 25. We’d love to have an entry from you! Write a poem in response to this name-themed challenge written by T. S. Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield:

      And this Hobbit themed challenge asks young poets to write fun and interesting riddles:

      All our challenges are totally free to enter and offer the chance of publication and poetry goodies.

      Best of luck,

      Helen at Young Poets Network

    1. Hi Madiha,

      Thanks for your interest! The competition is currently closed, and will open in the spring of next year. Keep checking the website!

      In the meantime, why not enter one of Young Poets Network’s challenges? They’re free to enter too! We currently have a challenge on wish lists open:

      Best wishes,

      Helen at Young Poets Network

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