The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 is now open for entries.

Please read the rules carefully.

Rules: General

  1. You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2017 (inclusive) in order to enter. The competition closes at midnight BST on the 31st July 2017.
  2. The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme. 
  3. Individuals may enter more than one poem. However, we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection (we suggest no more than 4-6 absolute maximum) of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.
  4. Your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. Each poem must be the original work of the author (we run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems), and must not have been previously published (in print, including anthologies, magazines and solo collections; online on any website, including blogs, online magazines or on social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram; broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform) or have won any other competition.
  5. Poems must be in English.
  6. Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world.
  7. Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please make sure you take note of all poems entered and send copies only.
  8. Entries sent in by e-mail (as attachments or written in the body of email) cannot be accepted under any circumstances. If you would like to enter online, only entries through the formal online form are accepted.
  9. By entering this competition, entrants agree that their poems and data may be used anonymously for research purposes.
  10. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
  11. All online entries must be received by midnight BST on 31st July 2017. Late online entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  12. All postal entries must be post-dated on or before the 31st July 2017. Late postal entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  13. Due to the large number of entrants we are unable to respond individually to submissions.
  14. No acknowledgment of receipt can be made for postal entries unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the entry. 

Rules: Winners

  1. All 100 winning poets (top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified in September 2017 and invited to an award ceremony in October 2017. Venue and date to be announced. All winners will be required to provide a biography, photograph and permission form.
  2. Due to the sheer volume of entries, only successful entrants will be notified. Details of the full winners list will be announced publicly on the Poetry Society website in October 2017.
  3. The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant the Poetry Society the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem. If you allow your winning poem to be published after October 2017, you agree to acknowledge the Poetry Society by using the words “First published by The Poetry Society for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017″ and include a hyperlink to 
  4. By entering the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 authors of the 100 winning poems will grant The Poetry Society irrevocable, non-exclusive licence to republish their winning work in perpetuity, including (but not limited to):

a) publishing the work online

b) production of reprints

c) publication (in print or online) of the work as part of an anthology or as an educational resource.

All the rights mentioned above cover distribution or publication anywhere in the world.

Rules: Schools

  1. Schools that enter 25 poets or more for the competition who are not existing Poetry Society member schools with receive a £50 discount from one Poets in Schools workshop booking to take place by 31st December 2017. This discount cannot be applied to pre-existing bookings. Please quote ‘Foyle 2017 when making your inquiry”.