Rules:

The 2015 competition launches on the 10th March 2015. You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2015 (i.e. Under 18 years old) in order to enter. The competition closes at midnight GMT on the 31st July 2015.

Foyle Young Poets is about what you want to write. So you can enter poems written in class, or poems you've written at home, from exercises or from your own imaginings. The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme. Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection (we suggest no more than 4-6 absolute maximum) of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity!

Please take a moment to read the full rules carefully:

  • Please note that your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. Each poem must be the original work of the author, and must not have been previously published (in print, including anthologies, magazines and solo collections; online on any website, including blogs, online magazines or on social media such as Twitter or Facebook; broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform) or have won any other competition.
  • Entrants must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2015.
  • Poems must be in English and can be entered by anyone aged 11-17 from anywhere in the world (however please note that we are unable to cover the international travel fees for any winners invited to the Arvon Course).
  • The competition is free to enter and can be of any length and on any theme. 
  • Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poem(s) and send only a small selection (we suggest no more than 4-6 absolute maximum) of your very best.
  • Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances so please make sure you take note of all poems entered and send copies only.
  • By entering this competition, entrants agree that their poems may be used anonymously for research purposes.
  • Please note that entries sent in by e-mail (as attachement or written in the body of email) will not be accepted under any circumstances. If you would like to enter online, only entries through the formal online form at foyleyoungpoets.org/2015 will be accepted.
  • Due to the large number of entrants we are unable to respond individually to submissions.
  • No acknowledgment of receipt can be made for postal entries unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the entry. 
  • All online entries will receive an email notification of receipt if a correct email address is provided.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
  • All online entries must be received by midnight GMT on the 31st July 2015. Late online entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • All postal entries must be post-dated on or before the 31st July 2015. Late postal entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • All 100 winners (top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified directly between the 12th and 20th September 2015.
  • All 100 winners (top 15 and 85 commended) will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on National Poetry Day, the 2nd October 2015, in London.
  • Due to the sheer volume of entries, only successful entrants ((top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified. Details of the full winners list will be announced publicly on the website on 8th October 2015.
  • Copyright of each winner's poem remains with the author. However if you allow your winning poem to be published after the date of the 8th October 2015, you agree to acknowledge the Poetry Society by using the words “First published by the Poetry Society for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015" and include a hyperlink to www.foyleyoungpoets.org. 
  • 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):

a) publishing the work online

b) production of reprints

c) publication (in print or online) of the work as part of an anthology or as an educational resource

  • All the rights mentioned above cover distribution or publication anywhere in the world