Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award image 2017

Thank you to the thousands of young people who entered this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. The 100 winners for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 have now been notified and will be officially announced on Tuesday 17 October 2017. Unfortunately due to the volume of entries we are unable to contact everyone who entered personally, but we would like to thank everyone who entered the competition this year.

Please do not be discouraged if you did not win this year. Many of our Foyle Young Poets entered several times before being selected in the top 100. Next year’s competition will open in March 2018. If you want to try your hand at one of our other competitions for young people there is still time to enter our spoken word competition, SLAMbassadors, which is open until 30 September 2017 and there are challenges to enter all year round at Young Poets Network.

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
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7420 9880

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