Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 launches

Artwork by James Brown.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 is now open for entries and in its 20th anniversary year will be judged by Caroline Bird and Daljit Nagra

The competition is open to any writer aged 11-17 on the deadline of 31 July 2018. Entries must be written and English, and entry is completely free.

One of the biggest competitions for young poets in the world, the award has been finding the best writing talent since 1998. Since its inception the award has kick started the careers of some of the most exciting new voices. Previous winners including Sarah Howe, Helen Mort, Jay Bernard and one of this year’s judges, Caroline Bird. Find out more about the competition here.

The top 100 selected poets (15 top winners and 85 commended), receive a range of fantastic prizes, from mentoring to a place on a life-changing Arvon writing course, from The Poetry Society membership to a stack of poetry goodies. They also continue to receive support and development opportunities from The Poetry Society.

This is an extra special year for the competition as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Keep up to date with all the celebratory events and activities throughout 2018 by signing up to the Young Poets Network newsletter, following @youngpoetsnet on Twitter, and liking the Foyle Young Poets Facebook page.

You can read last year’s top 15 winning poems in our online anthology, There Was A Word For That, below. We will soon be releasing an online anthology of the brilliant 85 commended poems in 2017’s competition.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2017 Top 15 Anthology:

The top 15 poems will also be published in a prestigious print anthology distributed to thousands of schools, libraries and poetry enthusiasts.

Young writers can enter online or by post.

Teachers can enter their students’ work using our quick and easy online entry form, or by post. Free resource packs including class sets of anthologies, posters and teaching resources are also available by request (email [email protected]). All the information you might need about how to enter is available on the Foyle Young Poets website.

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22 March 2018