Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 now open for entries

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 is now open for entries. This year, we’re delighted that award-winning poets Jackie Kay and Raymond Antrobus will be our judges. Raymond joined Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and former Foyle Young Poet Richard O’Brien at Harborne Academy, Birmingham, to launch this year’s competition and celebrate World Book Day with a day of poetry workshops.

L-R: 2019 judges Jackie Kay (credit: Matthew Kay) and Ray Antrobus (credit: Tenee Attoh).

The competition is open to any writer aged 11-17 on the deadline of 31 July 2019. Entries must be written in English, and entry is completely free. BSL users who wish to enter in BSL should get in touch at [email protected].

One of the biggest competitions for young poets in the world, the award has been finding the best writing talent since 1998. Since its inception the award has kick started the careers of some of the most exciting new voices. Previous winners including Sarah Howe, Helen Mort, Jay Bernard, Caroline Bird and Richard O’Brien. Find out more about the competition here.

The top 100 selected poets (15 top winners and 85 commended), receive a range of fantastic prizes, from mentoring to a place on a life-changing Arvon writing course, from The Poetry Society membership to a stack of poetry goodies. They also continue to receive support and development opportunities from The Poetry Society, including a paid internship for those aged 18 or older.

You can read last year’s top 15 winning poems in our online anthology, The Walls Were Not Big Enough to Hold You, below. We will soon be releasing an online anthology of the brilliant 85 commended poems in 2017’s competition.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2018 top 15 anthology:

The top 15 poems will also be published in a prestigious print anthology distributed to thousands of schools, libraries and poetry enthusiasts.

Young writers can enter online or by post.

Teachers can enter their students’ work using our quick and easy online entry form, or by post. Free resource packs including class sets of anthologies, posters and teaching resources are also available by request (email [email protected]). All the information you might need about how to enter is available on the Foyle Young Poets website

7 March 2019