Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award image 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017, for poems by writers aged 11-17, is now OPEN! Please check our website and social media pages (we’re on Twitter and Facebook) for updates on this year’s competition. Each year 100 winners (15 top winners and 85 commended) are selected by a team of high profile judges.

We are very excited to announce that this year’s judges are Sinéad Morrissey and Kayo Chingonyi! To enter this year’s competition please register using our online register

Find out how to enter this year’s competition

The judges cannot wait to read this year’s entries, and perhaps even spend a week writing poetry with the winners at the prize winners’ writing retreat.

You can read last year’s Top 15 winning poems in our online anthology, Painting You The Darkness, alongside our fantastic 2016 Commended Anthology.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Anthology:

Foyle Young Poets of the Year – Commended Poems:


The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and entry is completely FREE.

Since it began the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. Past winners include Sarah Howe, Helen Mort and Caroline Bird.

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…

The Poetry Society
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London WC2H 9BX
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Telephone: 020 7420 9880