The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, presented by ThePoetrySociety, is currently open for entries. The award is open to young poets of any nationality between the ages of 11 and 17.
This year’s prize is judged by Maura Dooley and Keith Jarrett, with British-Nigerian poet Theresa Lola serving as patron alongside British poet and educator Matt Abbott.
There is no entry fee, and entrants can enter as many poems as they wish. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.
Here are the list of prizes:
All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London.
The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, 25,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online.
The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology.
The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent). Read more about the experience.
All 100 winners receive a year’s Youth Membership of The Poetry Society.
All 100 winners will receive a goody bag full of books and other treats donated by our generous supporters.
All 100 winners benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and an internship programme. In the past year Foyle Young Poets have been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 6, The Times and The Guardian, and have been seen at events at Ledbury Poetry Festival, Library Club, Proms Lates at the Royal Albert Hall and Wenlock Poetry Festival.
The entries must be written in English but can contain phrases in another language. There’s also an option to enter a submission in British Sign Language or Braille.