Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017

Foyle Winners 2017


The Top 100 winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 who attended the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Ceremony, Southbank Centre 17 October 2017. Far right, second row judges Sinéad Morrissey and Kayo Chingonyi. Photo Credit: Christa Holka.

Thank you to the thousands of young people who entered this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. The Top 100 winners for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 were formally announced at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday 17 October 2017. You can now enjoy the Top 15 winner’s poems from our website.

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 then please visit the Young Poets Network, where we have challenges to enter all year round.

The Top 15 winning poems and 85 commended poems will be published in an online anthology in March 2018, and the Top 15 poems will also be published in print in March 2018.

For the meantime 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…

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