Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 is now closed for entries, and will re-open in 2019.

2018 Winners

“The poems felt politically brave and socially aware; much braver than I remember feeling at that age. As long as they hold on to that wisdom, humankind might be all right.” – Caroline Bird, Foyle 2018 judge

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award! You can read the top 15 poems right now via the sidebar to the right of this page. 

Judges Daljit Nagra and Caroline Bird (herself a former winner) chose 15 winners and 85 commended poets from nearly 6,000 poets and nearly 11,000 poems. Writers from 83 different countries entered the competition, from as far afield as Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and Malaysia. Selecting just 100 winners was a tough job – Daljit Nagra has spoken about “the maturity of the work we read; so many of our young poets showed a keen awareness of serious issues such as identity politics, environment issues and the global tensions currently between nation states.”

The Foyle Young Poets 2018 anthology will see the top 15 poems in print, with the commended poems being published in an online anthology.

15 top poets

Suzanne Antelme, Mathilda Armiger, Caitlin Catheld Pyper, Maiya Dambawinna, Suki Datar Jones, Olivia Hu, Angela King, Sammy Loehnis, Cia Mangat, Maggie Olszewski, Em Power, Lucy Thynne, Elizabeth Thatcher, Sophie Thynne and Georgie Woodhead.

85 commended poets

Maymunn Ali, Danique Bailey, Elinor Bailey, Zoë Benton, Maya Berardi, Lai Ling Berthoud, Will Boagey, Nia Bolland, Samara Bolton, Jazmine Brett, Carys Bufford, Adriana Carter, Ella Christian-Sims, Chloe Chuck, Evie Collins, Ginny Darke, Lyra Davies, Cosima Deetman, Isla Defty, Linnet Drury, Amelia Dubin, Ruby Evans, Annie Fan, Sarah Feng, Lizzie Freestone, Iris Gilbert, Alisha Gokal, Amal Haddad, Gaia Harper, Matilda Houston-Brown, Rebecca Huang, Amaani Khan, Cindy Kuang, Meredith LeMaître, Rory Lewis, Mukahang Limbu, Serena Lin, Megan Lunny, Aisha Mango-Borja, Sofia Marliini Heikkonen, Cleo Martin-Evans, Marina McCready, Divya Mehrish, Edie Michael, Noah Morrison, Eira Elisabeth Murphy, Nandita Naik, Sophie Norton, Fiyinfoluwa Oladipo, Hayden O’Rourke, Niamh O’Toole-Mackridge, Emily Palmer, Sophie Paquette, Charlie Peng, Natalie Perman, Domi Pila, Naomi Rae, Morgan Rhys, Madeleine Ridout, Corina Robinson, Noah Rouse, Neave Scott, Sophie Shanahan Claire Shang, Tom Shaw, Maia Siegel, Madeleine Song, Katherine Spencer-Davies, Beatrice Stewart, Zola Tatton, Donovan Timmins, Naomi Tomlin, Alexis Venzon, Sadali Wanniarachchi, Jessica Warren, Benjamin Waterer, Fox White, Hana Wilderman, Maya Williams-Hamm, Gina Wiste, Jasmine Woodcock, Jessica Xu, Ziqi Yan, Julia Zhou and Sarah Zhou.

2017 winners

You can read the 2017 Top 15 winning poems in our online anthology, There was a word for that alongside our fantastic 2017 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 Jay Bernard, 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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