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Writing Opportunities 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

Closing date: 
31 July 2019
Poets from anywhere in the world aged 11-17 years No entry fee
A wide range of prizes, opportunities and resources including a week-long intensive residential Arvon course

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 is open!

We are so excited to announce that this year's judges are the amazing Raymond Antrobus and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay. It is completely free to enter and anyone from the world aged 11-17 years on the date of the deadline, 31 July 2019 can enter. Poems can be on any theme and any length. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries).

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has discovered, awarded and nurtured some of the biggest names in poetry today, including Caroline Bird, Helen Mort, Sarah Howe, Richard Osmond, Jay Bernard and many more. We have worked with a huge number of young people across the world nurturing their poetry talent. You can read last year's top 15 winning poems and the 85 commended poems online. All the winners are aged 11-17 years, and will be amongst the biggest names in poetry!

For more information about the competition please go to the competition page or contact the education team on