Foyle Young Poets- The Prizes: 

There are 15 Overall Winners and 85 Commended Poets. 

  • The 15 top winners aged 11-17 will have their poems printed in the winners' anthology and all Commended Poets will have their name published inside - 20,000+ of these are sent out across the UK and beyond.
  • The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a week-long residential course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres - take a look at a previous course here - or receive a short residency in their school by a leading poet followed by distance mentoring (age dependent).
  • All 100 winners (top 15 and commended) receive a year's Youth Membership and the opportunity to contribute to our digital platform Young Poets Network
  • All 100 winners (top15 and commended) will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London on National Poetry Day (October)
  • All 100 winners (top 15 and commended) will receive prizes including books published by Faber & Faber, Bloodaxe BooksPicador, Walker Books, Frances Lincoln, PuffinSeren, and tall-lighthouse
  • Extra goodies to be supplied courtesey of Divine Chocolate
  • Each Winner receives a beautiful Paperblanks notebook for their future scribblings
  • Each year we award we select a small group of new Teacher Trailblazers who have demonstrated outstanding innovation and commitment to inspiring young people to write poetry who will be invited to and celebrated at the award ceremony in London on National Poetry Day (October)
  • Three schools who have demonstrated the most dedication and enthusiasm for the Award each year are rewarded with free 'Applauded School' poet residency.


Read last year's Winner Magnus Dixon's account of his week-long residential at the Hurst in the Diary  of a Foyler



Read what winners, poets and the press are  saying about the award.....                                                                                        


Watch the new Foyle Film: celebrating winners past and present