The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021 artwork: orange planets whooshing through a blue sky with constellations, and a half moon that looks like the silhouette of a face

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021 is now closed for entries. Best of luck to everyone who entered! The results will be announced in early October. The competition will re-open in Spring 2022.

The competition is open to anyone aged 11-17. The deadline to enter your poem/s is midnight BST 31 July 2021. Entries must be written in English, but you can include phrases in your mother tongue or another language. If you would like to enter an entry in BSL or braille then please contact [email protected].

It is completely FREE to enter and you can submit as many poems as you wish. Find out more here, and read the rules here. You can also check out lots of writing resources and tips here.

All entrants will receive an e-certificate for participating in this prestigious competition.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition in the world for writers aged 11-17, and has kick-started the career of the some of the freshest names in poetry. Former winners include 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.

Find out more.

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

  1. Hi,

    When will the 2017 competition open? Very excited to enter one of my students.



    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

  2. 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

  3. Hi… when is this competition going to be held? What is the last date for poetry entries ?
    And are there any more terms & conditions to participate for this competition.
    I’m interested. So just wanted to know more.

    1. Hi Maybelline,

      Thanks for your comment. The competition will launch by the end of March 2018, and it will close on 31 July 2018. It’s open to all poets from around the world between the ages of 11-17 (on 31 July 2018). There are no themes and it is free to enter. Check the website in a few weeks and you will be able to find all the terms and conditions there!

      We’d love to receive an entry from you. If you’d like to be added to a mailing list that will notify you when it launches, do let me know.

      It’s great to hear that you’re a keen writer. If you would be interested in entering one of Young Poets Network’s competitions, these are always free to enter and open to poets of all ages up to 25 from across the world. Currently we have open our Nearlyology challenge. This is a challenge asking young writers to explore what has nearly happened to them, and how it’s changed their life. Enter by 11 March for the chance of publication on YPN and an exclusive notebook as well as other poetry goodies.

      If you’d like me to add you to the Young Poets Network (YPN) ebulletin, that will keep you up to date on a monthly basis on new competitions and opportunities for young writers. (This is separate to the Foyle one!)

      Do let me know!

      Helen at Young Poets Network

  4. Thank you so much for this information. Please do add me to the Young Poets Network (YPN) ebulletin and the mailing list.
    I’ll try to enter my poetry as soon as possible.

    1. Great – will do! I’m going to send you an email asking for a couple of details we need from you to add you to the list, so keep an eye on your mailbox.

      All best,

      Helen at YPN

  5. Hi,
    Has the poetry competition launched ?
    How can I participate in it ?
    I will also like to be added to the mailing list.

    Thank you!

  6. really interested in entry and have a number of poems in mind.
    Is there a maximum number I can enter?

    1. Hi Noah,

      That’s great to hear – we can’t wait to receive your entries!

      There’s no maximum number of entries, though do note that the judges are looking for quality over quantity, and your entry will be anonymised. If you do have any more questions, check out our FAQ page: or email [email protected].

      Best of luck!

      Helen at Young Poets Network

    1. Hi Lucy,

      The winners will be announced publicly on 2 October 2018. The winners will be contacted themselves by mid-September.

      Best wishes,


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