Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 is open!

Competition now Open! 


The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world, and has kick-started the careers of the some of the most exciting names in poetry. Former winners included Sarah Howe, Helen Mort, Caroline Bird, Richard Osmond, Jay Bernard and Mukahang Limbu.

The top 100 chosen 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 Poetry Society membership to a stack of poetry goodies. They also continue to receive support and development opportunities from The Poetry Society.

It is completely free to enter and is open to anyone aged 11-17 years old from across the world. The deadline to enter is the 31 July 2019. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries).


This year’s judges are the Ted Hughes Award winner Raymond Antrobus and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay

All the details are available online at




02 Jul 2019

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