The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world. Since it began, the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. Past winners include Jay Bernard, Sarah Howe, Helen Mort, Phoebe Power, Caroline Bird, Mukahang Limbu, Richard O’Brien and many more incredible poets. Visit foyleyoungpoets.org to submit your poems by 31 July 2021.
The judges of the 2021 Award are poets Clare Pollard and Yomi Ṣode. They can’t wait to read this year’s entries. Check out their advice in their blogs here and here, or watch them share their top tips below.
The competition welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely free to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the world. Poems must be in English, British Sign Language or Braille (do contact us if you have queries regarding any BSL and Braille entries). We welcome entries from individuals or schools – see the how to enter page for more details.
100 winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. The Poetry Society also continues to support winners’ development with performance, publication and internship opportunities. Read more about the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award here or watch below to see some recent winners share what winning the competition meant to them, and their best advice to young writers entering this year.
For inspiration, you can check out online anthologies of last year’s winning poems and commended poems below, or email us to request a free copy of the winners’ anthology in print. If you require the winners’ anthology, or any information about the competition, in an alternative format, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
If you’d like to stay up-to-date with everything that The Poetry Society offers young writers, sign up to the Young Poets Network mailing list or follow our social media pages (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) for updates. You can also visit Young Poets Network for year-round poetry competitions, events and advice for young writers.