Winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018. From nearly 6,000 poets and 11,000 poems, the top 15 and 85 commended poets have now been selected and we can’t wait to celebrate them in the weeks, months and years to come.

Judges Daljit Nagra and Caroline Bird (herself a former winner) had a tough job picking the top 100 from such a range of poems. Caroline Bird has said, “The poems that embedded themselves in my mind were those with a strong, original idea. They jumped out because they felt new and vivid; cinematic and alive, like they weren’t documented on the page they were occurring on the page. I can still see the images in my head. Imagining grief as a polar bear that follows you everywhere. A nudist beach. A tree growing inside you.”

Daljit Nagra, meanwhile, was “impressed by the maturity of the work we read; so many of our young poets showed a keen awareness of serious issues such as identity politics, environment issues and the global tensions currently between nation states.”

They announced the winning poets at a ceremony at Southbank Centre, attended by VIP guests, press, parents and established poets. The top 15 poets who were able to attend read their winning poems to an excited room. The forthcoming Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 anthology will see the winning poets in print, and the 85 commended poems will be published in an online anthology in spring next year.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Find out about all our activities on our Foyle 20 page.

Read the winning poems and find out just how talented these young poets are!

15 top poets

Suzanne Antelme, Mathilde Armiger, Caitlin Catheld Pyper, Maiya Dambawinna, Suki Datar Jones, Olivia Hu, Angela King, Sammy Loehnis, Cia Mangat, Maggie Olszewski, Em Power, Lucy Thynne, Elizabeth Thatcher, Sophie Thynne and Georgie Woodhead.

85 commended poets

Maymunn Ali, Danique Bailey, Elinor Bailey, Zoë Benton, Maya Berardi, Lai Ling Berthoud, Will Boagey, Nia Bolland, Samara Bolton, Jazmine Brett, Carys Bufford, Adriana Carter, Ella Christian-Sims, Chloe Chuck, Evie Collins, Ginny Darke, Lyra Davies, Cosima Deetman, Isla Defty, Linnet Drury, Amelia Dubin, Ruby Evans, Annie Fan, Sarah Feng, Lizzie Freestone, Iris Gilbert, Alisha Gokal, Amal Haddad, Gaia Harper, Matilda Houston-Brown, Rebecca Huang, Amaani Khan, Cindy Kuang, Meredith LeMaître, Rory Lewis, Mukahang Limbu, Serena Lin, Megan Lunny, Aisha Mango-Borja, Sofia Marliini Heikkonen, Cleo Martin-Evans, Marina McCready, Divya Mehrish, Edie Michael, Noah Morrison, Eira Elisabeth Murphy, Nandita Naik, Sophie Norton, Fiyinfoluwa Oladipo, Hayden O’Rourke, Niamh O’Toole-Mackridge, Emily Palmer, Sophie Paquette, Charlie Peng, Natalie Perman, Domi Pila, Naomi Rae, Morgan Rhys, Madeleine Ridout, Corina Robinson, Noah Rouse, Neave Scott, Sophie Shanahan Claire Shang, Tom Shaw, Maia Siegel, Madeleine Song, Katherine Spencer-Davies, Beatrice Stewart, Zola Tatton, Donovan Timmins, Naomi Tomlin, Alexis Venzon, Sadali Wanniarachchi, Jessica Warren, Benjamin Waterer, Fox White, Hana Wilderman, Maya Williams-Hamm, Gina Wiste, Jasmine Woodcock, Jessica Xu, Ziqi Yan, Julia Zhou and Sarah Zhou.


2 October 2018