Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 now open for entries

Judges Keith Jarrett and Maura Dooley can’t wait to read this year’s poems in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020, which is now open for individual and school entries.

Now in its 22nd year, this international competition, organised by The Poetry Society and supported by the Foyle Foundation, invites entries from young writers aged 11-17 years from every corner of the world. Entry is absolutely free and young writers can enter as many poems as they wish into the competition.

Foyle 2020 judge, Keith Jarrett said:

“What I’ll be particularly seeking out is the daring and the imaginative – the poems that make me experience the world in a new way. There isn’t just one way to write, so I would encourage any young poet taking part this year to experiment. Take your time over your word choice and style until it feels right. I know a poem has hit the right note when it makes me feel differently after I have read it, when it demands to be reread, again and again.”

The top 15 winners will have their poems published in an anthology in March 2021, and be invited to attend a week’s Arvon residential creative writing course. All 100 winners will recieve a year’s Youth Membership of The Poetry Society, as well as a range of books and other prizes.

The closing date is midnight on 31 July 2020. For the entry form, rules and learning resources, visit

You can also order a free pack of anthologies and learning resources for your school by getting in touch via email.

5 March 2020