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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young person aged 11-17 (as of 31st July 2020) to accelerate their writing career. Since it was founded in 1998 the Award has kick-started the career of some of today's most exciting new voices, such as Sarah Howe, Jay Bernard, Helen Mort, Richard Osmond, Caroline Bird, Phoebe Stuckes and many more poets from across the world. With entries from over 6,000 young people last year from across the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.

Each year 100 winners (85 commendations and top 15 Winners) are chosen by two high profile poets, and will receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event in October.
Competition is completely free to enter.
Prizes include:
- Membership of The Poetry Society
- A stack of poetry goodies
- A week-long intensive residential Arvon course, where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets, or a poetry residency at their school or distance-mentoring depending on their age and location.

Entries must be written in English, but you can include phrases in your mother tongue or another language. If you would like to enter an entry in British Sign Language or Braille then please contact All entrants will receive a certificate for participating in this prestigious competition, but only winners will be notified of their result due to the sheer number of entries. Your work must not have been previously published.

Final Deadline:

31st Jul.

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