Young Poets Network is The Poetry Society’s online platform for young poets up to the age of 25. Here you’ll find features about poets and poetry, challenges and competitions to inspire your own writing, new writing from young poets, and advice and guidance from the rising and established stars of the poetry scene. We also bring you the latest news and ideas from the writing world, and a list of competitions, magazines and writing groups which particularly welcome young writers.
Young Poets Network is for everyone interested in poets and poetry – whether you’ve just started out, or you’re a seasoned reader or writer. Teachers and parents might find it a useful resource, too.
“Young Poets Network gave me a huge sense of self-worth. I was surprised that my poetry received such a positive response. It really helped me believe that I could be, that I was, a poet.”
– John Blackmore, poet and musician
“Young Poets Network has got everything – whether you’d like to read new poems, find resources on writing or find free writing challenges to submit to. Young Poets Network has been an immense space of support and encouragement that was crucial to me in my journey.”
– Fathima Zahra, Bridport Prize winner
“If you’re thinking about getting involved in Young Poets Network, definitely do it, without hesitation. Young Poets Network has helped me take myself seriously as a writer, for which I’ll be forever grateful. They really care about developing new writers and they’ll be able to help you regardless of whether you’re just starting writing or have been writing for years.”
– Rachel Lewis, author of Three Degrees of Separation