Foyle Young Poets of The Year Award 2018

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 is open for entries!
This Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and entry is completely free.
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 and Caroline Bird.
The competition will be open until midnight 31 July 2018 and is eligible for anyone aged 11-17 years at the date of the deadline.
The poet judges for this year are past winner Caroline Bird and Daljit Nagra.
For the competition this year, Caroline has said that she will be looking for “a poem that feels alive on the page… rich with imagery and playfulness, highly alert to language.” Whilst Daljit remarked that “all I’m looking for is a poet having a good time, whether it be about a serious subject such as environment issues or a silly one such as a chocolate wrapper.”
This year is also an extra special year of the competition as it is their 20th anniversary. Keep up to date with all anniversary activities by following them on social media: Facebook and @youngpoetsnet.
The Top 15 winning poems and 85 commended poems will be published in an online anthology later this monthThe Top 15 winning poems are also available as a physical publication, which has a print run of 24,500, and is therefore one of the largest print runs of a FREE poetry anthology. If you would like to request a class set then please email
Winners of the competition receive a range of prizes. The Poetry Society also continues to support winners’ development with performance, publication and internship opportunities.