Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Wolf in a suit and hat holding a book.2016

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016. Judges Malika Booker and W.N. Herbert selected 100 winners from the thousands of entries we received. You can read the winning poems on our Foyle 2016 page.

Thank you to everyone who sent in their poems, we received over 10,000 poems from over 6,000 poets from 76 countries this year.

Watch this space for news about the 2017 competition!


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.

Each year 100 winners (15 top winners and 85 commended) are selected by a team of high profile judges.

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.  


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
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Telephone: 020 7420 9880