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.

Poems must be written in English (although phrases of another language may be included). They can be on any theme and in any style, but no longer than 40 lines long. Young poets can submit as many entries 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 using the teacher submission portal. For inspiration, a free class set of print anthologies featuring the 2023 winning poems is available by emailing


  • The competition opens on 7th March and entries can be submitted until 31st July 2024.
  • The winners will be 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.
  • 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.
  • Find more resources to support the teaching of poetry here.

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