"Winning Foyle changed my world forever. In the past year alone, Foyle Young Poets has introduced my writing to an intricate poetic community full of opportunities I would never been exposed to otherwise, connected me with a group of passionate young writers who have become some of my
closest friends, and given meaning to my writing life.”

                                                                   Ian Burnette, Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2013 Top 15 Winner


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The  Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is once again leading the call for new poetic talent amongst 11-17 year olds, with acclaimed poets Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough at the helm! You have until midnight on the 31st July 2014 to enter your best poems to be in with the chance of be selected as one of the top 15 or 85 commended poets.

With a staggering 7,478 young people entering last year, the competition is certainly fierce but for many it is considered 'the one to beat'. The top 15 winners are invited on a week-long writing residential course at the Hurst Arvon Centre, Shropshire, or receive one-to-one mentoring with a professional poet (age dependent), and have their poem printed in the Foyle Winners Anthology, which is sent out to over 24,000 people across the UK. So what are you waiting for? Start writing, and take the chance, it could be a life-changing decision - read what the press have been saying about the Award, and the impact it has had on its fellow winners

Foyle is about what you want to write. So you can enter poems written in class, or poems you've written at home, from exercises or from your own imaginings. The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme. Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection (we suggest no more than 4-6 absolute maximum) of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.

Please do take a moment to read the rules in full before proceeding; you have until the 31st July 2014 to give it your best shot. Remember, you have to be aged 11 - 17 on the closing date to be eligible to enter, and the poem must not have been published elsewhere or have won any other competition. 

If you are a teacher and want to enter your pupils' poems - then just download our class set entry form or request a full class set of anthologies, posters and special Foyle lesson plans to inspire your pupils. Any schools whose pupils write in english can enter, from anywhere in the world (last year a staggering 75 coutries entered!). 

To inspire you further why not watch our new short film on the experience of the past winners, read the Diary of a Foyler page or or read last years winnners in the 2013 Winners Anthology 'Rattle the hatches'. 

Whether you're a teacher OR a young person, why not follow one of our special Foyle lesson plans based on previous winning poems to get the words flowing.

The Foyle Winners 2013 Anthology: Rattle the hatches

All UK teachers can request a FREE class set of Rattle the hatches winners anthologies, along with a class set entry form, plus posters for your school walls and a special Foyle lesson plan using one of last year's winning poems as inspiration for your pupils (whilst stocks last)

To get this fantastic offer all you need to do is email fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk with your full name, teaching position and full UK school postal address.

Please note we do not have funding to cover postage for overseas schools so if you are based in an international school we ask that you purchase the cost of postage and packing @ £20.00 GBP. Simply click here to go through the payment process and to provide your address details.

Do note you can also read the e-anthology here and download our free foyle lesson plans online -  great for use with interactive whiteboards or other digital devices!


2013's Winners & Commended Poets on National Poetry Day, London © Krish Nagiri

More about the Award

With entries from over 7,400 young people last year from a staggering 75 countries worldwide, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year it is one of the largest literary competitions in the world and its importance is widely attested. Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges, and receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day. Thanks to funding from the Foyle Foundation the competition remains completely free to enter and we are able to offer a wide range of prizes, opportunities and resources to young people and schools across the UK. This year are delighted to launch new Foyle Lesson Plans based on previous winning poems - a fantastic way to inspire new voices.

Overall  Winners from the 15 to 17 age category attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets. Winners aged 11-14 group benefit from poetry residencies at their school followed by distance mentoring.

You can read this year's winning poems in the 2013 Foyle E-Anthology Rattle the hatches and on our 2013 Winners Page.

These winners are among the most promising young literary talent in the UK, and the ceremony is the first step in an ongoing process of developing this potential; many of our former winners have gone on to publish work with major publishing houses such as Faber & Faber and Carcanet, and we support them through a number of initiatives helping them to establish themselves in the literary and publishing world, such as internships, editorial opportunities and showcasing events. Read more here

A selection 20 Winning Foyle poems from the last 7 years of the award were featured inside the back covers of each of the 250,000+ books given out for World Book Night this year - 23rd April 2014. Exciting stuff.!        

The Foyle Film