The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is now closed. Good luck to everyone who entered! The winners will be announced in October. Check back in Spring 2021 for next year’s competition.
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The following information is for reference only.

Please read the rules carefully.

Rules: General

  1. You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of 31 July 2020 (inclusive) in order to enter.
  2. All online entries must be received by midnight BST on 31 July 2020.
  3. Late online entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  4. All postal entries must be post-dated on or before 31 July 2020.
  5. 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 of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.
  6. You cannot enter a poem written by more than one author. 
  7.  The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme.
  8. Your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. This includes: anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints, on any website, including blogs, online magazines.
  9. Poems cannot have been published anywhere. This includes: social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and publication including: anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints, online magazines, blogs.
  10. Poems must be the original work of the author (we do run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems).
  11. Poems cannot have been broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform).
  12. Poems cannot have won any other competition.
  13. Entries must be written in English, but you can include phrases in another language. If you would like to enter a poem in British Sign Language or Braille then please contact [email protected].
  14. Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world. (Note that we are unable to cover the international travel fees for winners to the award ceremony and Arvon residential writing course).
  15. Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please make sure you take note of all poems entered and send copies only.
  16. Entries will NOT be accepted via email. If you would like to enter online, please continue through the online system on
  17. By entering this competition, entrants agree that their poems and data may be used by The Poetry Society, including for research purposes. Occasionally The Poetry Society works with academic and cultural partners to produce academic research. By entering this competition you are agreeing that your anonymised data and poems can be used in such research.
  18. If you are 11-12 your parent or guardian will need to a parent or guardian 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 download the Parent/Guardian permission form. or it can be shared online or by post.  
  19. 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 02074209880 and we will be happy to help. 
  20. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
  21. Late postal entries will not be accepted under any circumstances. 
  22. Due to the large number of entrants we are unable to respond individually to submissions.
  23. 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 late September 2020 and invited to an award ceremony in October 2020. All winners will be required to provide a biography, photograph, permission form and proof of date of birth. 
  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 our website in October 2020.
  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 the winners’ announcement in October 2020, 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 2020″ and include a hyperlink to
  4. Authors of the winning poems will grant The Poetry Society irrevocable, non-exclusive licence to republish the work in perpetuity, including (but not limited to):

a) publishing the work online, including The Poetry Society website. The Poetry Society will notify the writer if a third party requests permission to use their work in anyway. 

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 for a poet to visit your school to take place by 31 July 2020. This discount cannot be applied to pre-existing bookings. Please quote ‘Foyle 2020 when making your inquiry”.