Foyle Young Poets

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is OPEN and will continue to be open until 31 July 2020. Enter now!  

Foyle Young Poets

“If poetry is the language of being human, here we have poets speaking in every cadence possible.” – Jackie Kay and Raymond Antrobus, Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award judges 2019

We are still running the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award during the covid 19 crisis and we cannot wait to receive your poems. The easiest way to enter is via the competition website

We are so excited to that the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is now open for entries. To enter the competition please do visit!

Our amazing judges this year are the wonderful Maura Dooley and Keith Jarrett. Read Maura and Keith’s blogs to find out what they are looking for in this year’s poems and tips when writing poetry.  

Read the amazing poems from the Top 15 and 85 commended Foyle Young Poets from the 2019 competition. We hope you find the poems as powerful and inspiring as we do. If you would like to order for free, a printed version of the 2019 winners anthology Your Voice Crosses the Ocean then please contact [email protected]

Top winners 15 winners anthology, 2019. Your Voice Crosses the Ocean.

85 commended anthology, 2019. Your Voice Crosses the Ocean.


The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world.

If you have any queries email us at [email protected] or call us on 020 7420 9880. If you’d like to know when the competition website is live to enter poems, and to stay up-to-date with everything that The Poetry Society offers young writers, sign up to the Young Poets Network mailing list. You can also visit Young Poets Network for year-round poetry competitions, events and advice for young writers.

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, Phoebe Power, Caroline Bird, Mukahang Limbu, Richard O’Brien and many more incredible poets. 

The competition welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely free to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the world. Poems must be in English, British Sign Language or Braille (do contact us if you have queries regarding any BSL and Braille entries).

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 here.

If you require the winners’ anthology, or any information about the competition, in an alternative format, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. You can follow our social media pages (we’re on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) for updates.

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