The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019 is now closed.

Please read the full rules carefully.

Rules: General

    • You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2019 (BST) in order to enter. 
    • 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 of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.
    • The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme.
    • Your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. This includes:
      • anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints;
      • online, including blogs and online magazines;
      • social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram;
      • poems cannot have been broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform.
    •  Poems cannot have won any other competition.
    •  Poems must be the original work of the author (we do run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems).
    • Poems must be in English. If you are a BSL user and would like enter a poem or poems in British Sign Language, please contact us about the submission process on [email protected].
    • You cannot enter a poem written by more than one author. 
    • Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world. (Note that we are unable to cover international travel fees for winners to the award ceremony and Arvon course.)
    • Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please make sure you keep a record of all poems entered and send copies only.
    • Entries will NOT be accepted via email. If you would like to enter online, please continue through the online system on this website.
    • By entering this competition, entrants agree that their poems and data may be used by The Poetry Society, including for research purposes. Occasionally The Poetry Society works with academic and cultural partners to produce academic research. By entering this competition you are also agreeing that your anonymised data and poems can be used in such research.
    • If you are 11-12 your parent or guardian will need to give permission for you to enter. Without this permission we are not allowed to keep information about you, such as your contact details. This is because of new data protection rules. Permission can be given online or by sending in the parent or guardian permission form.
    • Teachers, librarians and youth leaders do not have to use the permission form, but should comply with their own organisation’s GDPR policy. If you have any questions please contact The Poetry Society on [email protected] or 020 7420 9880 and we will be happy to help.
    • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
    • All online entries must be received by midnight BST on the 31st July 2019. Late online entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
    • All postal entries must be post-dated on or before the 31st July 2019. Late postal entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
    • 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.

    Rules: winners

    • All 100 winning poets (top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified in September 2019 and invited to an award ceremony in October 2019 (date TBC). All winners will be required to provide a biography, photograph and permission form.
    • Due to the sheer volume of entries, only successful entrants will be notified. Details of the full winners list will be announced publicly on our website in early October 2019.
    • The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant The Poetry Society the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem. If you allow your winning poem to be published after the winners’ announcement in early October 2019, 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 2019” and include a hyperlink to
    • 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.

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