Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

From The Poetry Society

Resource type: Competition

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS3, KS4

Region(s): All of UK

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an annual poetry competition for young people aged 11-17. The poems must be written in English (although phrases of another language may be included), can be on any theme and of any length. Poets can enter as many poems as they wish.

Each year, 15 winners and a further 85 commendations are chosen by two high profile poets. All 100 winning and commended poets receive a year’s membership of the Poetry Society, a range of books and other prizes. The 15 winners also receive opportunities to develop their writing skills and ongoing support and encouragement from The Poetry Society.

Schools are encouraged to submit entries by their students and every school that submits 25 or more students’ poems can book a Poets in Schools session at a discounted rate.


  • Entries can be submitted from March until the end of July.
  • The winners are announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Cost: Free

About The Poetry Society: The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is administered by The Poetry Society, a charitable arts organisation set up in 1909 to champion poetry for all ages.

About the Foyle Foundation: The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making trust that distributes grants to UK charities whose core work covers the Arts and Learning.

Further resources:

  • Resources to support the award are available for both teachers and young poets on The Poetry Society website.
  • Find more resources, challenges and inspiration on the Young Poets Network.
  • Poetry By Heart is an annual poetry speaking competition for schools and colleges in England. The website also hosts a range of poems to explore, as well as teaching resources.
  • The LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize is an annual poetry competition for primary-aged pupils that runs in the summer term.
  • Young Writers run themed poetry and creative writing competitions for primary and secondary students all through the year.
  • National Poetry Day in October is an annual celebration of poetry.
  • Find more resources to support the teaching of poetry here.

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