If you have a question about the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, check this list of Frequently Asked Questions. If your query is not answered, please contact us and we will do our best to answer your question.


How old do I have to be to enter?

You must be aged between 11-17 years old on the date of the deadline 31 July.

If you are 11-12 your parent or guardian will need to give permission for you to enter. Without this permission we are not allowed to keep information about you, such as your contact details. This is because of data protection rules introduced in 2018. You can find the permission form on the Foyle Young Poets of the Year website.  

Teachers, librarians and youth leaders should not use the permission form, but should comply with their own organisation’s GDPR policy. If you have any questions please contact The Poetry Society on [email protected] or 020 7420 9880 and we will be happy to help.


Is the competition free to enter?

Yes, it is completely free to enter.

How do I submit poems online?

Simply register on foyleyoungpoets.org.uk

Can I enter by email?

No, unfortunately we cannot accept any entries sent via email. If you would like to enter online, please use the online system on foyleyoungpoets.org.uk.

How do I enter by post?

Please send a completed entry form and your poem(s) to the following address: FYP Team, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX.

Can I enter a poem after 31 July?

No. All online entries must be received by midnight BST on 31 July. Late online entries will not be accepted under any circumstances. All postal entries must be post-dated on or before 31 July. Late postal entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Will you tell me that you have received my poem?

Unfortunately, due to the large number of entrants we are unable to respond individually to submissions. No acknowledgment of receipt can be made for postal entries unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the entry.

Can you enter a poem written by more than one author?


What is the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award?


Is there a line limit?

No, your poem(s) can be of any length.


Can the poem be on any theme?

Yes, your poem(s) can be on any theme.

Can I make changes after my poem has been submitted?

No, you cannot make changes to your poem once it has been submitted. If you have any urgent queries about your poem, then please contact the FYP team on [email protected].

Can I enter more than one poem?

Yes, enter as many poems as you like! But do remember that one polished, well-edited poem may have a better chance of standing out than ten poems you wrote on the day of the deadline. The judges are looking for quality not quantity.

Can I enter a poem that has been published elsewhere?

No, unfortunately we cannot accept any poems that have been published anywhere in the world before. Any previously published poems will be disqualified.

Does having a poem on my own blog, Twitter or Facebook page count as website publication?


Does having a poem broadcast on any regional, national, online TV station or via any radio platform) count as website publication?


Can I send a poem I’ve entered before?

Yes, but remember it cannot be published, and must be your own work.

Since entering my poem to the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award my poem has won another competition / been published elsewhere. What should I do?

Congratulations! Please contact us to let us know.

Can my poem be written in any language?

Poems must be written in English or in BSL (do contact us if you have queries regarding any BSL entries). 


When will the competition winners be announced?

Competition winners are usually announced in October, and are contacted in early September. If you have not heard from us before October then unfortunately you have not been chosen as a winner.

How are the poems judged?

Our two poet judges sift the poems to an agreed top 15 poems and 85 commended poems. All entries are judged anonymously. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.


What does a judge look for in a winning poem?

How can I learn from the judges?

Prizes and winners

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What’s it like being on a residential writing course?

Who has previously won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award?

There are 100 winners every year. You can find the list of each year’s winners by finding the year in the drop-down menu on this page. Former Foyle Young Poets include acclaimed writers such as Sarah Howe, Helen Mort, Caroline Bird, Jay Bernard, Richard Osmond, Richard O’Brien, Martha Sprackland, Michael Donkor, Phoebe Power, Jade Cuttle, Phoebe Stuckes and many, many more. Here, former Foyle Young Poet and Game of Thrones Star Ellie Kendrick talks about what winning the Foyle competition meant to her and how to enter.

Who else has won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award?