The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 is now closed. Next year’s competition will launch in spring 2020. All entrants will be contacted in mid-September with the results, and the winners will be publicly announced on 2 October 2019. Good luck to everyone who entered and a big well done! To stay up-to-date with everything that The Poetry Society offers young writers, sign up to the Young Poets Network mailing list, and visit Young Poets Network for year-round poetry competitions, events and advice.
The biggest poetry competition for young writers is once again open, looking for the very best poems by writers aged 11-17. This year’s prestigious poet judges are Jackie Kay and Raymond Antrobus. You must be aged 11-17 on the deadline of 31 July 2019 to enter.
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, Caroline Bird, Richard O’Brien, Jay Bernard and many more.
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 The Poetry Society membership to a stack of poetry goodies. They also continue to receive support and development opportunities from The Poetry Society. We also offer resources for teachers and youth group leaders to enter the young people they work with.