Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 is now closed for entries, and will re-open in 2019.

Winners will be announced on 2 October 2018. Good luck to everyone who entered!

This year’s poet judges are Caroline Bird and Daljit Nagra.

Caroline has said that she will be looking for “a poem that feels alive on the page… rich with imagery and playfulness, highly alert to language.” Daljit remarked that “all I’m looking for is a poet having a good time, whether it be about a serious subject such as environment issues or a silly one such as a chocolate wrapper.”

This year is also an extra special year of the competition as it is our 20th anniversary. Keep up to date with all of our anniversary activities by following us on social media: Facebook and @youngpoetsnet

The Top 15 winning poems and 85 commended poems are published in an online anthology. The Top 15 winning poems are also available as a physical publication, which has a print run of 24,500, and is therefore one of the largest print runs of a FREE poetry anthology. If you would like to request a class set, please email [email protected].

You can read the 2017 Top 15 winning poems in our online anthology, There was a word for that alongside our fantastic 2017 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 Jay Bernard, 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…

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