Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019, for poems by writers aged 11-17, is now closed. Good luck and well done to everyone who entered!

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. If you have any queries email us at [email protected] or call us on 020 7420 9880.

Now in its 21st year, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world. It’s free to enter and poems can be on any theme or subject. The competition has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices, including poetry stars Helen Mort, Sarah Howe, Jay Bernard, Caroline Bird and many more. This year’s Foyle Award closes 31 July 2019 – so enter now.

Each year 100 winners (15 top winners and 85 commended) are selected by a team of high profile judges, who this year are Scots Makar Jackie Kay and award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus. We know they are just as excited as we are to receive your poems! Check out our top tips from Jackie and Raymond here.

Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. The Poetry Society also continues to support winners’ development with performance, publication and internship opportunities.  Read more about the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award…

Helen Mort on winning the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Helen Mort was a top 15 winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award five times, and was also commended twice! Since the Award, she has been shortlisted for and won some of the biggest prizes in poetry, including the Costa Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. And it all started with a submission to a free competition when she was 12, which gave her the chance to grow and develop her talent… Don’t miss out – enter now!

Got a question? Get in touch

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7420 9880
FYP, The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX

Published July, 2019

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