"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

Foyle Young Poets 2014 is now closed for entries. The successful entrants (the top15 and 85 commended poets) will be contacted directly by the 15th September. Please note that due to the sheer volume of entrants only successful applicants will be notified; the winners will be announced publicly on 2nd October 2014, National Poetry Day.

Please note that if you have not been contacted by 6pm on the 15th September than we are afraid you have not been successful on this occasion.

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. -Read what the press have been saying about the Award, and the impact it has had on its fellow winners.

 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'. 

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

The Foyle Winners 2013 Anthology: Rattle the hatches

Do note you can read the e-anthology here and anyone can download our free foyle lesson plans online -  great for use with interactive whiteboards or other digital devices, and for use throughout the year as by teachers or young poets themselves to develop their craft!



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