Each year we select 100 winners (top 15 winners and 85 commended poets) of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award who win amazing prizes.

The Prizes

  • All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony in London. If Covid-19 restrictions prevent this, an online alternative will be organised.
  • The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, c. 25,000 copies of which are distributed to schools, libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online. 
  • The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology.
  • The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive alternative sustained mentoring from a professional poet. Read more about the experience.
  • All 100 winners receive a year’s Youth Membership of The Poetry Society.
  • All 100 winners will receive a goody bag full of books and other treats donated by our generous supporters. 
  • All 100 winners benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and an internship programme. In the past year Foyle Young Poets have been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 6, The Times and The Guardian, and have been seen at events at Ledbury Poetry Festival, Library Club, Proms Lates at the Royal Albert Hall and Wenlock Poetry Festival.

We also have a range of poetry publishers and organisations who regularly donate additional prizes – our thanks to them!

Schools & Teachers 

Every school which enters 25 or more students’ writing to the competition will get a £50 discount on our Poets in Schools service.

We select several Applauded Schools each year, rewarding them for their dedication to poetry with free poet residencies and teacher training. 

Each year we also choose a small group of Teacher Trailblazers who have demonstrated outstanding innovation and commitment to inspiring young people with writing. You can read their writing tips and try their teaching resources.


If you require the winner’s anthology, or any information about the competition, in an alternative accessible format, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

We’re looking for inspiring teachers!

Do you have an inspiring teacher? Tell us about them. We want to connect with brilliant teachers who care as much about poetry as we do, so we can continue to reach young poets like you. If your teacher inspired you to write or read poetry, and you think we should know about them, let us know by emailing the following to [email protected]

Your teacher’s name
The name of your school
A sentence or two about what inspires you about your teacher