Competitions for Children and Young People

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year 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. You can read last year’s top 15 winning poems and the 85 commended poems online. This year’s judges are the amazing Raymond Antrobus and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay.

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.

For more information about the competition please go to the competition page or contact the education team on