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31st July 2019
Who may enter
You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2019 (BST) in order to enter
Open to writers between the ages of 11 and 17
Submit poems of any length, in English
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. Since it was founded in 1998 the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices, such as Sarah Howe, Jay Bernard, Helen Mort, Richard Osmond, Caroline Bird and Phoebe Stuckes. With entries from nearly 6,000 young people last year from across the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind 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 will receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event in October. 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. Winners receive amazing prizes including membership of The Poetry Society and a stack of poetry goodies. Winners also attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course, where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets, or benefit from poetry residencies at their school or distance-mentoring depending on their age and location.
No entry free
Authors of the winning poems will grant The Poetry Society irrevocable, non-exclusive licence to republish the work in perpetuity, including (but not limited to):
=>publishing the work online, including The Poetry Society website. The Poetry Society will notify the writer if a third party requests permission to use their work in any way;
=>production of reprints;
=>publication (in print or online) of the work as part of an anthology or as an educational resource
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