The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016 now open for entries!

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 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.

For details of how to enter visit



14 thoughts on “The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016 now open for entries!

    1. Hi Lakshmi,

      Really sorry to hear that – would you be able to send a screenshot of what you’re experiencing to please? Hopefully we can then sort it out for you.

      Thank you,

      Young Poets Network

  1. Hi,
    I entered one poem on my phone with my email etc and then I entered a few on my laptop with the exact same details, what will happen?

    1. Hi Chloe,

      Thanks for getting in touch. That’s absolutely fine – all the poems you entered will be processed normally, regardless of whether they were entered via phone or computer.

      Thanks for submitting your work and best of luck,

      Young Poets Network

  2. Dear YPN,

    I know I entered more than 6 poems, but each one of them is important as the other and well edited. I just could not fathom not entering them. Is that alright?

    My poetry is also not as modern as current poetry, its heavily archaic. Is that okay?

    Thank you so much.


  3. Also, one of my poems just uses 2 latin words in it and one word in sanskrit, but the entire poem is in english completely. Is that okay?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Rayan,

      Hopefully you got replies to these questions over the weekend – all of the above is fine! Thanks so much for entering and good luck.

      Young Poets Network

  4. Hey YPN,
    Are every genre of poems considered equally?
    Like,does the juggement criteria prefer more of modern poetry or the basic one?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Janet,

      Sorry this has come a little late – but no, there are no rules about genre or style and each poem is judged on its individual merits.


      Young Poets Network

    1. Hi Bethany,

      Winners will be notified in late September and publicly announced in early October. Good luck!

      Young Poets Network

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